By Pete Zarustica
After two games in which their offense was mostly absent without leave, the Los Angeles Angels bombarded the Houston Astros 14-5 Sunday in Anaheim to salvage the third game of the three-game series.
The Angels got home runs from Mike Trout, Justin Upton, Ian Kinsler and Kole Calhoun in the rout, which enabled the home team to square its overall record at 50-50.
“Those games are fun,” Upton said. “You’re just clicking on all cylinders offensively.”
Bouncing back from Saturday’s embarrassing 7-0 loss to the American League West leaders, the Angels took command early with a 4-1 lead after four innings. They really blew the game open with a seven-run seventh inning.
In that frame, David Fletcher drove in two runs with a single. Calhoun hit a three-run home run –his 10th dinger of the year – and Mike Trout belted a two-run round-tripper, his 26th four-bagger of the year.
The Astros rallied for two runs each in the seventh and eighth innings, but they weren’t enough to close the gap.
Fletcher and Kinsler each had three hits. Five Halos had two or more runs batted in.
Shohei Ohtani was back in the lineup as a DH. He was 1-for 4 and drew a walk, scoring two runs.
Andrew Heaney (6-6) got the win for the Angels, pitching six innings and yielding just one run on four hits. He struck out four batters and walked two.
“Heaney set the whole tone,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “He pitched a terrific game. That’s a tough lineup. They’ve got a lot of right-handed hitters that will let you know if you miss your spots. I think that he had both corners going and a good breaking ball. Mixed his changeup in. He pitched well.”
The Angels will continue their home stand on Monday hosting the Chicago White Sox (34-64). Jaime Barria (5-6) will start for the home team. Lucas Giolito (6-8) will take the mound for the Chisox.