By Pete Zarustica
Mike Trout and then two outs. That’s the story of the Los Angeles Angels as they lost their sixth straight game Monday night, falling 3-0 to the AL West-leading Houston Astros (8-4) at Minute Maid Parks.
The Angels, now 6-8 and in second place, got just five hits, two of them by Trout, who also drew a walk. He’s batting .327. Three of the other Angels in the lineup were hitting at or below .200.
Jesse Chavez (1-2) turned in a good performance as the Halo starter, working seven innings and giving up seven hits and two runs. He struck out two and walked five.
But the weakness of the Angels’ offense was again the story. With runners in scoring position, the team was 0-for-6.
“It’s not ideal,” first baseman C.J. Cron said. “We haven’t been hitting it like we know we should or like we know we can. Unfortunately, this type of stuff happens. The pitchers have been working their tails off and not getting run support kind of [stinks], but it’s a long season and we’re right there, so we’re all right.”
The series continues on Tuesday with Ricky Nolasco (0-2) making the start for the Angels.
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