LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reid Detmers pitched six innings of three-hit ball to earn his first major league victory, and the Los Angeles Angels avoided a three-game sweep with a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday.
David Fletcher and Jo Adell drove in runs with grounders to back Detmers (1-2), who struck out six and gave up one run while outdueling Lance McCullers Jr. in just his third major league start. Phil Gosselin homered in the eighth and scored two runs for Los Angeles.READ MORE: Burbank Airport Operations Interrupted After Unauthorized Person Enters Airfield Area
Michael Brantley homered and McCullers (9-4) yielded two runs while pitching into the sixth inning, but the AL West-leading Astros’ four-game winning streak ended with just their fourth loss in 12 meetings with the Halos this season.
Raisel Iglesias escaped a jam in the eighth and then struck out Jose Altuve with two Astros in scoring position in the ninth for his 26th save, including his major league-leading eighth requiring at least four outs.
Shohei Ohtani hit two singles for the Angels, who won for just the third time in nine games. Los Angeles (59-60) avoided dropping three games below .500 for the first time since June 29.
Detmers walked two and largely avoided trouble during the longest and best start of the 2020 first-round pick’s brief career. His first three big league starts all had a high degree of difficulty in Sunday games against probable playoff teams: the Athletics, the Dodgers and the Astros.READ MORE: Evacuations Ordered As University Fire Burns In San Bernardino
McCullers pitched 19 2/3 innings of six-run ball over three starts against the Angels this season, but the veteran right-hander still has never won at Angel Stadium in eight career starts.
Several minutes after Ohtani struck out with the bases loaded to end the second, Brantley put the Astros up 1-0 in the third. Brantley leads the majors in batting average, and his 424-foot shot to right was his eighth homer of the season.
The Angels tied it in the fifth when Jack Mayfield and Ohtani delivered back-to-back singles before Fletcher’s RBI groundout.
Los Angeles then went ahead in the sixth when Gosselin doubled and eventually scored on Adell’s grounder to second, chasing McCullers.MORE NEWS: LAUSD Hosts COVID Vaccine Clinics Ahead Of Deadline For Employees
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