ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Three homers for the Houston Astros usually guarantee a victory. Just not against the streaking Los Angeles Angels.
Chris Carter, George Springer and Jon Singleton all homered in Houston’s 7-6 loss on Friday night, the team’s first loss in 10 games this season when hitting at least three homers.
The Astros got beat on Mike Trout’s homer leading off the ninth. He sent an 0-2 pitch from Tony Sipp over the wall in left center field.
“I went at him with my best stuff,” Sipp said. “But even when you make a good pitch sometimes a guy of that caliber will put a good swing on it.”
Sipp (1-1) took the loss for the Astros, who dropped their fifth in a row. It was their second loss on a walkoff homer this season.
“It’s one of those things where you see the pitch and see the swing, and you say to yourself, `There’s not many players in our game that can do what he did with that pitch,'” Astros manager Bo Porter said.
Houston’s Jose Altuve, who came in leading the American League in hits, stolen bases and batting average, went 0 for 5 with a strikeout.
The Astros led 1-0 in the second on Chris Carter’s homer. They took a 6-3 lead in the fourth on Springer’s two-run homer and a three-run shot by Singleton.
Houston starter Dallas Keuchel allowed five runs and 13 hits in five innings, struck out one and walked one. The left-hander was scratched last Saturday against Detroit because of left wrist inflammation. He was making his first appearance since June 22, when he allowed five runs – four earned – in a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay.
“That was very disappointing on my part,” Keuchel said. “The offense did more than enough to come out with a win, and I just didn’t do my part. I haven’t been too good as of late, so I guess I have to go back to the drawing board and figure some stuff out.”
Joe Smith (3-0) got the victory for the Angels, who have won eight in a row at home for the first time in nearly nine years.
The Angels blew a 3-1 lead in the third and then trailed 6-5 on Albert Pujols’ 510th career homer – a two-run shot – in the fourth. They tied it 6-all in the seventh on Howie Kendrick’s RBI double off the right field wall that scored Pujols, who singled leading off.
Angels starter C.J. Wilson continued to struggle. The left-hander has failed to pitch more than five innings in four of his last seven starts. He gave up six runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings, struck out six and walked one.
NOTES: Houston reinstated RHP Josh Fields from the 15-day DL after he went on it with soreness in his right forearm. … The Astros traded RHP Andrew Robinson to Atlanta for a player to be named or cash considerations. … The Angels improved to 28-29 on the Fourth of July, including 14-14 at home. … The announced crowd of 43,557 was the Angels’ fourth sellout of the season.