Thanks to a late home run by Shohei Ohtani, the Angels snapped a four-game losing streak Sunday and defeated the Houston Astros 4-2 on the road.
The Angels went ahead 2-0 with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, but the Astros countered that with a pair of their own in the bottom of the seventh. On a one-strike pitch, Ohtani hammered the ball over the 440-foot mark in centerfield, giving the Halos what amounted to the winning run.
Anthony Benboom singled in an insurance run in the top of the ninth.
With Mike Trout out with an injury, the Angels needed help from all over the lineup as well as some good pitching. Dennis Fletcher drove in two runs and Jose Rojas had a single and a double for the Orange County team.
As for Ohtani, that was his seventh home run of the 2021 season, tying him for the MLB lead.
Dylan Bundy had a good outing, working six innings and giving up just three hits and two earned runs. He struck out six batters and walked one. The only Astro runs came on a two-run home run by Yuri Gurriel in the seventh.
Chris Rodriguez (1-0) got the win in relief, working one shutout inning in which he struck out two batters, walked one and yielded no hits.
Sunday’s win improved the Angels’ record to 10-10, good for third place in the American League West. The Astros are 10-11, and in fourth place in the AL West. The Halos move to Arlington on Monday to face the Texas Rangers (9-13).
Padres rally, beat Dodgers in 11
After falling behind 6-1 to the Dodgers, the San Diego Padres rallied for two runs each in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to tie the game up at 7-7 at Dodger Stadium Sunday night. In the top of the 11th inning Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly to center field scored Fernando Tatis, Jr. from third base with what proved to be the winning run for an 8-7 win.
Dustin May had a good start for LAD, working six innings. He yielded just two hits and one earned run. He struck out 10 Padres and walked only one.
The loss puts the Dodgers at 15-7, still in first in the National League West. The Padres, who were able to split the four-game series, are 13-11 and remain in third place in NLW.
Looking ahead for local pros
- Angels: Open a three-game home stand against Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday
- Dodgers: Open a three-game stand in Arlington, Texas vs. Rangers on Tuesday.
- Lakers: At Orlando Tuesday, then Washington on Wednesday
- Clippers: At New Orleans on Monday, then at Phoenix Wednesday
- Ducks and Kings: LA at Anaheim Monday, Anaheim at LA Wednesday.