Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

09/14/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/13/2017 23:18

Halos roll past Astros, stay two back in WC

The Angels are still two games behind the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot, while the Astros' magic number to clinch the AL West remains five.

AL Wild Card standings

Skaggs held the Astros to three hits while walking one and striking out five in his best start since returning from the disabled list last month.

Tyler White doubled and scored on Max Stassi's sacrifice fly in the eighth to produce the lone run for Houston. Center fielder Jake Marisnick departed the game in the third inning after suffering a right thumb injury on a slide into second base.

Extra-base hits galore: The Angels produced five extra-base hits off Fiers to build a quick 5-0 lead in the first. Brandon Phillips and Mike Trout opened the inning with back-to-back doubles to put the Angels on the board. Kole Calhoun and Andrelton Simmons later added consecutive RBI doubles with two outs, and Valbuena capped the outburst with a two-run home run to right field. Valbuena, a former Astro, punctuated his 20th homer of the season with his customary bat flip.

When Valbuena took his second at-bat in the fourth, Fiers threw a ball above and behind Valbuena's head, prompting home plate umpire Cory Blaser to issue warnings to both teams. Valbuena followed with a double, setting the stage for a three-run inning for the Angels.

Upton's first homer as an Angel: Upton launched his 29th home run of the season and his first in an Angels uniform off Tyler Clippard in the sixth, extending the Halos' lead to 9-0. Upton's solo shot to left-center-field gave him 100 RBIs on the season and 250 home runs for his career.

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