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Angels get swept in Houston, maintain division lead

Collin McHugh and the Astros beat the division leading Angels 4-1.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

FINAL IN HOUSTON: Astros 4, Angels 1

The Angels, the team with the best record in baseball,just spent the prior weekend beating up on the Oakland A's, the team with the second best record in baseball, rolled into Houston looking to extend their 6-game winning streak and improving on their 4-game lead in the AL West division.  Instead, they were rolled over by an Astros team that looked much like the formerly hot Halos.

On Wednesday night, the Astros used a bit of power, timely hitting, and stellar pitching to beat the Angels, 4-1.  Former nobody, but now team ace Collin McHugh held the Halos to just one run over 7.2 innings.  The Angels managed a meager 4 hits on the night, while striking out 8 times.

Angels' starter Jered Weaver gave up a second inning home run to Chris Carter and a fourth inning run on Jason Castro single.  On the night, Weaver surrendered 5 hits and 2 walks, while getting six strikeouts.  Carter hit his second home run of the night in the 8th inning off of Halo reliever Fernando Salas.  By that time, it was just salt in the wound that has become the Angels lack of offense.

Fortunately for the Angels, Oakland lost for the 6th time in seven games, getting beat by Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners, 2-1.  Los Angeles maintains their 4.5 game lead, with 24 games remaining.