McCann, Astros beat Halos with late 2-out rally

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ANAHEIM — Brian McCann delivered a go-ahead three-run triple in the eighth inning as the Astros fended off a rally from the Angels and clinched a series victory with a 7-5 win in Sunday afternoon’s series finale at Angel Stadium.

The Angels erased a four-run deficit and took a 5-4 lead on Luis Valbuena‘s two-run home run in the sixth, but McCann’s first triple of the season put the Astros back in front two innings later. After loading the bases with two outs against Cam Bedrosian, McCann hammered a first-pitch fastball off the center-field wall, just out of the reach of a leaping Mike Trout, driving in three runs and lifting the Astros to victory.

Jose Altuve (aka “Tuve” for Players Weekend) finished 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Josh Reddick collected three hits to make up for a pair of miscues in the field.

Houston right-hander Charlie Morton (aka “Ground Chuck”) blanked the Angels through the first four innings before Ben Revere got the Halos back in the game with a bases-clearing double in the fifth that cut the Astros’ lead to 4-3. Morton departed after allowing three runs on four hits while walking one and striking out five over five innings.

The Angels threatened in the ninth, loading the bases with two outs against Astros closer Ken Giles (aka “100 Miles Giles”), but Albert Pujols (aka “The Machine”) lined out to center field to end the game. The loss dropped the Angels 1 1/2 games behind the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot.

Valbuena clubs 100th career homer: Valbuena (aka “Mono”) gave the Angels their first lead of the afternoon by belting a two-run homer off Joe Musgrove in the sixth. Pujols reached on a single before Valbuena crushed a 1-2 changeup to right field. Valbuena now has 17 home runs this season, including 11 since the All-Star break.

Valbuena's two-run homer

Altuve’s infield single: Bedrosian came in to pitch the eighth with the Angels clinging to a one-run lead and promptly struck out George Springer and Alex Bregman for the first two outs of the inning. But Altuve then legged out an infield single to short, setting the stage for the Astros’ big inning. Altuve advanced to third on Reddick’s single, and Yuli Gurriel followed with a walk to load the bases for McCann.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for

Ryan Posner is a contributor to based in Los Angeles and covered the Astros on Sunday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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