Astros bats went quiet, wasting a decent combined pitching performance by Lance McCullers and relief pitchers Ryne Stanek and Cristian Javier.
The Astros only mustered three hits against Angels starter Reid Detmers, who finished the game with a season ERA of 7.04. He did allow the solo homer to Michael Brantley in the third.
The Astros did manage to put the tying runs on second and third in the ninth inning, but Jose Altuve struck out to end the game.
The Angels tied the game in the fifth when former Astro Jack Mayfield scored after a Shohei Ohtani single and a David Fletcher ground out.
The Angels took the lead in the sixth when Phil Gosselin led off with a double, advanced on a bunt, and scored on a Jo Adell ground out.
Both runs were charged to Lance McCullers, who went 5. 2 innings, allowing six hits, one walk, and fanning eight Angels.
Ryne Stanek finished the sixth inning, and Cristian Javier closed out innings seven and eight, allowing a Phil Gosselin solo homer in the eighth.
The Astros were 0-5 with RISP, and Altuve, Carlos Correa, and Yuli Gurriel were a combined 0 - 12. The team left nine runners on base.
On the other hand, Yordan Alvarez was 2 -4 after going 3 - 5 in Saturday’s game.
The Astros go to Kansas City tomorrow for a 7:10 game.