Huston Street blows second straight save; Angels fall 3-2

Astros score three runs in the ninth inning to take 3-2 win over Angels

KEY MOMENT: Huston Street suffered his second blown save in as many nights, his first back-to-back blown saves since July 13 and 19, 2008, with Oakland. With a 2-0 lead, Street gave up singles to Colby Rasmus and Chris Carter to open the ninth. Jason Castro flied to center, but Jake Marisnick hit a run-scoring single to left, and Preston Tucker, in his major league debut, hit an RBI single to right for a 2-2 tie. Jonathan Villar walked to load the bases, and speedy leadoff man Jose Altuve beat out a fielder's choice grounder to second to score Marisnick with the winning run, as the Astros snapped a three-game losing streak.

AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout drove his eighth homer of the season and fifth in 11 games over the center-field wall in the first. The Angels made it 2-0 in the eighth when Johnny Giavotella doubled, took third on Collin Cowgill's sacrifice bunt and, after Chris Iannetta's walk, scored on Kole Calhoun's single off left-hander Joe Thatcher. Trout flied to deep center, and the rally ended when Albert Pujols' line drive hit Iannetta in the leg between second and third. Pujols extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

ON THE MOUND: Angels left-hander Hector Santiago allowed a single to Altuve to open the game. He did not allow another hit during a 6 1/3-inning effort that included five strikeouts, four walks—one intentional—and two balks. It marked just the fourth time since 1914 that a pitcher had more balks than hits allowed while throwing at least five innings. Fernando Salas got the last two outs of the seventh, and Joe Smith threw a scoreless eighth, striking out Evan Gattis with a runner on third to end the inning. Houston closer Luke Gregerson retired the side in order in the ninth for his seventh save.

IN THE FIELD: Altuve, the Astros second baseman, made a spectacular play to end the fifth, a back-hand stop of Johnny Giavotella's shot up the middle and glove-hand flip to shortstop Villar to start a double play. With Pujols on first and one out in the fourth, Matt Joyce hit a popup to shallow center. Marisnick raced in for the catch while Pujols rounded second. Marisnick continued toward the dugout and touched first on his way, a rare unassisted double play.

UP NEXT: Right-hander Jered Weaver (0-4, 6.29 ERA) will oppose Houston right-hander Roberto Hernandez (1-2, 4.25 ERA) at Angel Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. On the air: TV—FS West. Radio—830.

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