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Angels grounded by Houston Astros, 4-1
Angels grounded by Houston Astros, 4-1

This is why the Angels tempered their enthusiasm after completing a four-game sweep of Oakland on Sunday, marking the occasion with statements such as "There's a lot of baseball left" and "We can't get too excited yet." They know how quickly things can turn. With nine of 10 games on a four-city trip to Houston, Minnesota and Texas — teams that entered the week a combined 68 games under .500 — the Angels had an excellent chance to pad an American League West lead that swelled to five games on Sunday. Or so it seemed. Chris Carter hit a two-run home run and a solo shot, giving him 35 homers on the season, and right-hander Collin McHugh shut...

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