Carlos Beltran

Angels become first AL West team to beat Astros in a series this season

Angels become first AL West team to beat Astros in a series this season

The man in center field for the Angels on Sunday at Minute Maid Park chased down fly balls without a shred of restraint, proved difficult to retire in the batter’s box and ran to his heart’s content upon reaching first base.

Cameron Maybin is not Mike Trout, nowhere near him. But for an afternoon, he resembled a reasonable facsimile.

With Maybin as their guide, the Angels became the first American League West club to beat Houston in a series this season. Their thorough offensive effort in a 12-6 victory secured that feat, and another, more important one: They recorded a winning road trip for the first time this season.

The 33-33 Angels are doing OK without Trout so...

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