Two up, two down in Astros series

JUSTIN UPTON drove in the Angels’ first run Thursday with a sacrifice fly in the Halos’ 6-2 loss to the Astros in Anaheim (Angels photo).

Whatever goes up … ah, shucks.

The Los Angeles Angels have followed up two surprising wins over the division-leading Houston Astros with a pair of disappointing losses.

They fell to the Astros 6-2 on Thursday, dropping their record to 50-48. The Halos remain in fourth place in the American League West, 11 games behind the Astros and a full game behind the third place Texas Rangers.

Additionally, they are 5.5 games behind in the AL wild card race.

Against Houston on Friday the Orange County team trailed early as the visitors built a 6-0 lead by the fifth inning thanks to a couple of home runs off Angel starter Matt Harvey. The Halos answered back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Justin Upton and an RBI single by Albert Pujols.

The Astros only outhit the Angels 8 to 7, but Houston batted 3 for 6 with runners in scoring position, while the home team was 1 of 9.

On the injury front, Mike Trout was back in the lineup and went 1-for-4, but Pujols left the game with tightness in his left hamstring.

The Angels are now off to Seattle to start a series with the Mariners. Jaime Barria (3-2) will get the start  today (Friday) at 7 p.m.

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