LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shohei Ohtani took the lead in the sixth round and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Houston Astros 3-2 on Thursday night, ending a six-game losing streak.
Ohtani tried to win the streak as they lost 9-5 in 12 innings to Houston on Wednesday night, but was called up after a perfect shot from right fielder Chas McCormick. This time, the two-way star was safe as the Angels avoided their first four-game sweeps against the Astros since 2013 and kept Houston’s magic number three to clinch AL West.
Jack Mayfield, Lance McCullers Jr. The game was tied to 1 as (12-5) doubled the left field line to score Ohtani and Jared Walsh. Ohtani took a one-time march and stole second place. The Astros challenged the game after it was revealed that short-back Carlos Correa may have tagged Ohtani before his foot reached the bag, but the call was confirmed.
Ohtani has 24 stolen bases this year. Jose Canseco, Ken Griffey Jr. and the fourth player in American League history to make at least 45 home runs and 24 steals in a single season, after Alex Rodriguez.
Mayfield had six RBIs against his former team in a four-game series. The Angels also had an eight-game spin at home, the longest since 1994.
Jason Castro smashed a mid-hit homer with two outs in Raisel Iglesias’ ninth round and drew Houston by one run. It was the second night Castro had gone deep against his old club.
Jose Altuve followed up with a bloop hit before Iglesias controlled Jose Siri in the third inning to stop Houston’s four-game winning streak.
Iglesias took his 33rd save, finishing second in the American League. Austin Warren (2-0) landed 1 1/3 shot.
Alex Cobb got off to a solid start for the second time for Los Angeles after being off the injury list. The right-handed player gave up just one run in four innings and hit four in 5 2/3 innings after he threw the closing ball into the Chicago White Sox in five innings last Thursday.
Leading 3-0 in their last six games, the McCullers suffered their first defeat against the Angels since August 15. The right-handed player took six hits and allowed three runs in two hits with five hits.
Houston filled the bases with a fourth-place one, but got nothing. Yuli Gurriel was called into strikes and Correa fell for a fielder pick.
The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the lower half in Walsh’s sacrifice flight.
Houston tied at number six on Correa’s two-time RBI singles.