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Angels 7, Astros 5: Valbuena lifts Halos over Astros

Houston unable to complete sweep.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

A 4-1 Astros lead wasn’t enough against the Angels on Sunday night at Minute Maid Park. Former Astro Lusi Valbuena had the key double that broke open the game for the Halos in a much-needed 7-5 win for Los Angeles.

The Angels move to 4 12 games behind the Twins in the Wild Card and the Astros dropped to 2 12 games behind the Indians for the top record in AL’s best record.

A two-run home run by Alex Bergman and a two-run double by Even Gattis put the Astros up early 4-1 in the third inning.

But the Angels quickly chipped away at the lead. Brandon Phillips homered in the fourth and a bases-loaded walk to Phillips and Andrelton Simmons tied the game at 4-4.

The Valbuena doubled came against Chris Devenski in the seventh inning after loading the bases. The Halos led 6-4. George Springer cut the lead to 6-5 in the bottom of the frame with the first pitch in the bottom of the seventh.

But Justin Upton answered back with a home run off Luke Gregerson in the eighth.

The Astros only had one hit over the final two innings, a single from Carlos Beltran.

Lance McCullers only went 3 13 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits. He threw 63 pitches.

The Astros used seven relievers. Francis Martes gave up two runs. Devenski gave up two runs and Gregerson gave up a run.