Freshly back to .500 again, the Angels headed out on a Texas two-step road trip, starting in Houston. Reid Detmers was matched up with Justin Verlander making his first home start in his return to the Astros. The game started off with a scoreless 1st inning, then in the 2nd inning the Angels got on the board first when C.J. Cron slammed his first homer in this Angels stint. 1-0 Angels.
That was pretty much all the good news for the Halos on this day because Detmers continued his struggles, beginning with a 3-run home run from the formerly exiled but now rebooted Jon Singleton.
That was followed up by two RBI groundouts making the score 5-1 after 2. Rengifo singled in one run in the 3rd, but the Astros got that back plus one when Singleton homered in his second straight inning, this time of the 2-run variety. 7-2 Astros after 3.
Kenny Rosenberg, making his first appearance of the season for the Halos, came in for mop up duty and did an admirable job, allowing four runs but most importantly eating up 5 innings, which hopefully will pay dividends when the bullpen is fresh the next few games.
Three of those runs happened in the 4th inning from a Jeremy Pena double and Martin Maldonado single.
The only other highlights for the Angels was a Brandon Drury RBI single in the 6th inning, making the score 10-3. Altuve added on in the 8th with an RBI single.
That’s all that’s fit to print. Angels lose 11-3.