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Angels starter JC Ramirez threw a career-high 83 pitches, allowing three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, while striking out nine batters. Yuli Gurriel’s RBI single in the fifth off Ramirez broke a 1-1 tie, and Evan Gattis greeted reliever Blake Parker with an RBI single in the sixth to make it 3-1. Reddick shot a two-run homer to right in the seventh.
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Gattis delivers: The Angels brought in right-handed reliever Parker to face right-handed-hitting Gattis in the sixth inning, and Gattis came through with a sharp single to right field to score Reddick from third base and put the Astros ahead, 3-1. Gattis was 4-for-17 (.235) against right-handed pitchers prior to coming through with his fifth RBI of the season.
Left-field adventure: Reddick’s triple in the first inning — the Astros’ first of the year — went under the glove of sprinting left fielder Jefry Marte, who had a 35-percent catch probability, according to Statcast™. Reddick skied another ball to left field in the sixth that Marte couldn’t catch as he jumped near the wall, allowing Reddick to reach with a double. That ball had a hit probability of only 16 percent, according to Statcast™.
It was Marte’s first start of the season in left field, a position he has very limited professional experience at. He played left in 27 games in 2016, but he has spent the rest of his career as a corner infielder.
Angels: Right-hander Matt Shoemaker (0-0, 6.14 ERA) will make his fourth start of the season on Thursday when the Angels close out their four-game series with the Astros. In nine career games, including seven starts, against Houston, Shoemaker is 2-3 with a 3.59 ERA. First pitch is slated for 11:10 a.m. PT at Minute Maid Park.
Astros: Lance McCullers Jr. will get the start in Thursday’s 1:10 p.m. CT finale at Minute Maid Park. McCullers (1-0, 4.67 ERA) has 23 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings in three starts this year. He dominated the Angels last year, going 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in two starts with 16 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.
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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.
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