Heaney and Simmons spark 5-2 win

ANDRELTON SIMMONS hit a three-run double for the Angels in their 5-2 win over the Astros Thursday night (Angels photo).

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are showing a bit of spark, winning two of three games including a 5-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday.

There might be 17 games between the two teams, but you wouldn’t know it in Texas last night as the visiting Halos built a 5-0 lead and survived a two-run home run by the Astros (82-52) in the bottom of the ninth.

Angel starter Andrew Heaney (8-8) pitched six scoreless innings, yielding five hits. He struck out six batters and walked one. At bat, Andrelton Simmons had three hits, including a three-run double in the top of the sixth to key the win.

Some personnel changes for the Halos on Thursday included the news that Albert Pujols underwent knee surgery and is out for the rest of the season, while Shohei Ohtani will be the starting pitcher on Sunday

The Angels (65-69) will be back in action Friday with Jaime Barria (8-8) against Framber Valdez (2-0). 

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