It was a bad Sunday for local professional sports teams, as both were defeated in key contests.
The Anaheim Ducks lost a chance to close out the second round Stanley Cup series in Edmonton, losing 7-1 to the Oilers and sending the series back to Honda Center for the deciding seventh game on Wednesday.
Edmonton blew a 3-0 first period lead in Game Five, but wouldn’t do that this time, grabbing a 6-0 edge and coasting to the win at Rogers Place. The lone Anaheim goal was scored by Rickard Rakell.
Houston is 21-11, 5.5 games ahead of the second place Angels (16-17), who have lost four of their last five games.
Yunel Escobar hit two solo home runs for the Halos, but there wasn’t much other offense for the Angels, who totaled six hits. Mike Trout sat out his second-straight game with tightness in a hamstring muscle.
Matt Shoemaker (1-2) worked six innings and yielded five hits and five runs, including two home runs. He walked three and struck out four.
The Angels next travel north on Monday to start a three-game series in Oakland through Wednesday. On Thursday they will be back for a seven-game home stand against the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox.