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Angels lose to Astros in 10 innings, dropping rubber game of series

ANAHEIM — Once the Houston Astros were done giving the Angels runs, the Angels were done scoring.

The Angels lost to the Astros, 3-2, in 10 innings on Thursday, dropping the rubber game of the three-game series.

The Angels had erased an early two-run deficit, scoring a run on a bases-loaded walk in the third and a wild pitch in the fourth. Otherwise, the Angels reverted to their offensive malaise after scoring 12 runs in the first two games of this series. They stranded 14 runners and went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position during their 10th loss in 12 games.

Solid pitching by Reid Detmers and relievers Andrew Wantz, Ryan Tepera and Raisel Iglesias got the game to extra innings, but the Astros cashed in their automatic runner against Aaron Loup in the top of the 10th on a Jeremy Peña single.

In the bottom of the inning, Jared Walsh took a called third strike to start the inning. Max Stassi then hit a pop-up that second baseman Mauricio Dubon caught as he slid into the outfield grass.

Brandon Marsh struck out to end it, the 11th strikeout of the game for the Angels. The Angels, who have not won two games in a row since June 27, are now 6-17 in one-run games.

It was a tough loss for the Angels after Detmers pitched well, bouncing back from a rough first inning. He gave up two runs in six innings, after pitching six scoreless innings in his last outing.

It didn’t look like he was going to have much of a game in the first inning. He hit José Altuve in the foot with his first pitch of the game. Detmers then walked Jeremy Peña on five pitches and gave up a first-pitch single to Alex Bregman. Kyle Tucker then singled into left, and the Astros had a run nine pitches into the game, with the bases still loaded and no outs.

Detmers got Yuli Gurriel to pop out. Aledmys Díaz grounded into a run-scoring force for the second out. Diaz then took off to try to steal second. After catcher Max Stassi’s throw went to second, Bregman broke for home, and the Angels nailed him at the plate, ending the inning with a manageable two-run deficit.

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