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Tucker, Springer carry Astros to a 9-6 win over Angels

Houston Astros v Los Angeles Angels
JULY 31: Kyle Tucker #30, George Springer #4 and Myles Straw #3 of the Houston Astros celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Angels 9-6 in a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 31, 2020 in Anaheim, California.
Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Astros took to LA for their first road series of the year in a matchup with the Angels. Lance McCullers made his second start of the season.

The offense got off to a good start putting together a 4 run 2 innings thanks to a 2 run double from Kyle Tucker, a bases loaded walk to George Springer and an RBI groundout by Altuve.

McCullers ran into some trouble in the bottom of the third as the first two guys reached based and Anthony Rendon followed with an RBI single. McCullers was able to buckle down though and got out of the jam with no more runs scoring.

Kyle Tucker singled, stole second, advanced to third on a witch pitch and would eventually score on a George Springer sacrifice fly in the 4th making it 5-1. Unfortunately, Lance McCullers ran into some issue in the bottom of the 4th giving up an RBI double to David Fletcher and a 2 run HR to Brian Goodwin to make it 5-4. McCullers completed the 4th inning but finished with the following line:

4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Yuli Gurriel got in on the action with a sac fly in the 5th to make it 6-4.

The Astros got to work again in the 7th loading the bases with an error, a Gurriel single, and Correa walk. After a Myles Straw strikeout, Kyle Tucker had another big hit coming through with a 2 run single to make it 8-4.

Brandon Bielak relieved McCullers and tossed two scoreless innings. Abreu took over the bottom of the 7th but walked two and struck out one before exiting due to a finger injury. Enoli Paredes reliever Abreu and after an error scored a run, he was able to induce a double play and keep it 8-5.

Paredes would allow a run in the 8th to make it 8-6. But the Astros continued to play add on getting another RBI groundout from Jose Altuve. Andre Scrubb came in and closed things out with a scoreless 9th inning to help the Astros improve to 4-3.