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Angels rally in the ninth for 10-6 win over Astros

Yunel Escobar, Mike Trout
Angels’ Yunel Escobar (0) is congratulated by Mike Trout after hitting a two-run home run against the Houston Astros in the ninth inning Friday.
(David J. Phillip / Associated Press)

Yunel Escobar hit a two-run homer and pinch-hitter Rafael Ortega had three RBIs during a six-run ninth inning, lifting the Los Angeles Angels over the Houston Astros 10-6 on Friday night. 

Houston fell 2 1/2 games behind the Tigers for the second AL wild card, a tough blow after clawing back with a five-run sixth inning to make it 6-3 prior to the late-game collapse. 

Houston led 6-4 when Escobar sent a slider from Ken Giles (2-5) into the seats in left field to start the ninth. Giles walked Mike Trout with one out before intentionally walking Albert Pujols. C.J. Cron followed with a bloop single to score Trout and put the Angels on top. 

Giles was replaced by Michael Feliz after loading the bases with a walk. Ortega cleared the bases with his two-out single, which deflected off shortstop Carlos Correa’s glove to extend the lead. 

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Nick Buss had two RBIs for Los Angeles and Cron had an RBI double in the first. The Angels have won three in a row. 

It’s the fifth blown save for Giles, who allowed three hits and six runs in 1/3 inning. 

Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run single in the sixth that tied it before pinch-hitter Tyler White laced an RBI single to center field to make it 4-3. Jason Castro hit a third straight single to send home another run. Mike Morin took over and Houston got another run home on a passed ball to extend the lead. 

Buss drove home a run with a groundout in the eighth to cut the lead to 6-4. 

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Houston starter Doug Fister allowed five hits and two runs in five innings. 

Los Angeles starter Alex Meyer yielded four hits and four runs with three walks in 5 1/3 innings in his seventh major league appearance. Cody Ege (1-0) got the last two outs of the eighth inning for the win. 

Albert Pujols doubled to start the second and Cron followed with his double to make it 1-0. A third double, this one by Buss with one out, scored Cron to push the lead to 2-0. 


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