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Astros Let One Slip Away to Angels, 5-4

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Jared Walsh 4-4 with two homers too much for the home team.

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

The Astros have lost more than their share of games this year due to sloppy play and missed opportunities This was yet another one that could have been salvaged if one play had gone differently or if a few timely hits had been made

The Astros wasted numerous opportunities early in the game. In the first inning Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley led off the game with walks and Altuve scored on an Alex Bregman ground rule double. But runners on second and third with no outs were stranded when Yordan Alvarez struck out, Yuli Gurriel popped up, and Carlos Correa struck out.

In the second inning the Astros scored two runs but left runners stranded again. Kyle Tucker opened the inning with a double and scored on a Myles Straw single. Straw moved to second on a Jason Castro walk but an Altuve third to first double play seemed to kill the rally. However, a Brantley double scored Castro, but Brantley was stranded on second after an Alvarez pop up.

The Astros did score a run in the fifth after two outs when Carlos Correa got a single, followed by a Castro walk and a one-run Straw double.

In the sixth inning the Astros wasted an Altuve lead off double with fly outs by Michael Brantley, Yordan Alvarez, and Yuli Gurriel.

Luis Garcia was sharp except for three solo homers, one to Jared Walsh in the fourth, and back-to-back jobs in the sixth, the first to Walsh again, the second to Justin Upton, which chased Garcia.

Garcia went 5.1 innings, allowing five hits, the three homers, and got seven strikeouts.

Garcia left with a 4-3 lead, but the Astros bullpen and defense gave the Angels the lead in their four-run sixth. Brandon Bielak, in relief of Garcia, promptly allowed a walk and a Taylor Ward double. Phil Gosselin hit a grounder to Carlos Correa which he dropped, as he was seeming to prepare to throw home. Although the play was scored a hit, it seemed there was a play at first for out two. One run scored.

The Angels took the lead when David Butera hit a sacrifice bunt scoring Taylor Ward. With a clean play on the preceding at bat there would have been no sacrifice attempt with two outs and the score may have remained tied.

Neither team scored after the Angel four-run sixth.

The Astros 4th, 5th, and 6th batters stranded fourteen baserunners, including six by Yordan Alvarez, who was 0-5 with two strikeouts. All well, even Mike Trout has nights like that. Come to think of it, he was hitless tonight as well, although he did have two walks.

The Astro killer tonight was Jared Walsh, 4-4 with two homers. Tip the hat.

Nice bunt single here by Altuve. This was his fourth straight multi-hit game.

Box score and videos HERE.