Angels blown out by Houston Astros, who clinch AL West

first_imgPreviousHouston Astros starter Justin Verlander follows through on a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jake Jewell, right, backs off the mound as Houston Astros’ Aledmys Diaz, back left, rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Houston Astros’ George Springer, right, celebrates his solo home run off Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jose Suarez with Jose Altuve during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. It was Springer’s third home run of the game. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHouston Astros’ George Springer rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jose Suarez during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. it was Springer’s third home run of the game. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels third baseman Matt Thaiss throws out Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve to end the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Houston Astros’ George Springer, right, celebrates his two-run home run off Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jose Rodriguez with Michael Brantley during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Houston Astros’ George Springer, left, rounds third after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Rodriguez during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Houston Astros’ George Springer, left, hugs Michael Brantley after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Rodriguez during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Rodriguez throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels’ Michael Hermosillo runs to third after hitting a triple during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels’ Jared Walsh runs to third after hitting a triple during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Rodriguez throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander follows through on a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jake Jewell, right, backs off the mound as Houston Astros’ Aledmys Diaz, back left, rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)NextShow Caption1 of 13Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jake Jewell, right, backs off the mound as Houston Astros’ Aledmys Diaz, back left, rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)ExpandHOUSTON — The Angels couldn’t keep the Houston Astros from celebrating this time.The Angels gave up five homers in a 13-5 loss to the Astros on Sunday afternoon, allowing the Astros to clinch the American League West title that had seemed inevitable for most of the season.George Springer hit homers in each of his first three at-bats, doing most of the early damage as the Astros avoided a second straight loss to the Angels.The Angels trailed just 4-2 in the middle of the fifth, having managed some threats against Cy Young favorite Justin Verlander. Their first run came after back-to-back triples by Jared Walsh and Michael Hermosillo in the second inning. It was the first time since 2004 the Angels had consecutive triples. The Angels went with rookies José Rodriguez and José Suarez to piggyback the first part of the game, and each pitched two innings. Rodriguez gave up three runs and Suarez allowed one.Suarez had been used as a starter, or at least as a primary pitcher following an opener, but this time the Angels wanted him to just pitch a couple innings to sharpen a mechanical fix he had made recently.“I did feel good,” Suarez said through an interpreter. “I felt like my form from last season.”In the bottom of the fifth, left-hander Miguel Del Pozo took the mound. He gave up a single to Michael Brantley and a homer to Alex Bregman. Yordan Álvarez then doubled. Justin Anderson entered and allowed the first four hitters to reach, including two walks.The Astros would go on to score six runs in the inning. 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