Jared Walsh hit a career best with four hits, Justin Upton also joined and the Los Angeles Angels beat Houston Astro 5-4.
HOUSTON – Jared Walsh led and matched a career high with four hits, Justin Upton also joined and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Houston Astro 5-4 on Monday night in the sixth inning.
Walsh also doubled and had two RBIs as the Angels got their third win in four matches.
Engels put Walsh in sixth place before cracking his homer while he was in seventh place with three and Houston starter Luis Garcia stranded. Upton, with his shot, which hit the wall above the seats in left field, took a 4-3 lead and ended Garcia’s night.
Brandon Bilek (1-2) drove in Jose Rojas before a double by Taylor Ward. The Angels tied it up when Rosas scored on a groundball on a single from Phil Goslin that shortstop Carlos Correa did not cleanly hit the field.
The Angels went top 5-4 when Ward was given a run on a sacrifice bunt by Drew Butra.
In the bullpen game, Jose Suarez (1-0) gave up five hits and one run in four innings of relief for the win and Raisel Iglesias allowed a hit in the scoreless ninth to make his sixth save.
Myles Straw had two hits and two RBIs for Astro.
Junior Guerra made his debut since Sept 2, 2018, filming Blister as an opener for the Angels with Alex Cobb on the injury list. Guerra, who gave 12 relievers this season, conceded three hits and three runs in a plus inning.
Guerra drove the first two batters and Astro took a 1-0 lead on a ground-rule double by Alex Bregman. Kyle Tucker doubled to open Houston’s second and scored on a single by Straw that followed Guerra.
Suárez took Castro on four pitches before Joseph Altuve landed in double play. Michael Brentley took a 3-0 lead in the left field corner with his RBI.
Mike Trout started the fourth and scored on a double field by Walsh to take a 3–1 lead.
There were two outs in the fifth when Koreya singled and Tucker walked. A double to the left of Straw beat Correia 4–1.
Angels two-way star Shohi Ohtani had a tough night, going 0 for 5 and tying a season high with three strikes.
Angels: 3B Anthony Rendon, who has been on the injured list since May 3 with a left knee injury, did some work on the field before Monday’s game and may return to Boston for the start of Friday’s series.
Astro: LHP Framber Valdez, who was out since fracturing his left ring finger on March 2, may throw the bullpen in Houston this week before the start of a minor league rehab. … RHP Jake Odorzi is expected to throw live batting practice on Wednesday. He has been on the injured list since April 24 with a hamstring muscle in his right arm.
Astro has reached the 85% vaccination limit for Tier 1 individuals, allowing them to reduce some coronavirus restrictions on Monday. Now that they have reached the threshold, they do not need to wear masks in the dugout or bullpen and must not use electronic devices.
Ohtani (1-0, 2.41) is expected to hit on Tuesday night when he makes his debut against Lance McCullar Jr. (2-1, 3.5%). Ohtani has hit the same day when he has pitched twice this season but has been off the pitch twice in the past.
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