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Anthony Rendon non-walk-off rescues Angels

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In their first-ever road game at home, the Angels won on a last-inning home run

Los Angeles Angels v Houston Astros - Game Two Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Angels were the road team in their own ballpark in Saturday’s second game of a doubleheader against the Astros, so when Anthony Rendon hit a three-run, go-ahead home run in the seventh inning it did not end the game.

And it made for an amazing call by Victor Rojas on Fox Sports West.

“The Angels have walked off on the ‘stros,” Rojas called, but quickly realized the game wasn’t over. “Oh man, I hate this doubleheader visiting stuff.”

It was Rendon’s first road home run of the season, even though it was hit in his home park. This is a bizarre year, man.

The Angels did hold on to win in the bottom of the inning, finishing off a 7-6 victory.

It was a rough nightcap for the 29th player called up by each team, adding an extra player for the doubleheader.

Dillon Peters, the Angels’ Game 2 starter called up as the 29th player, allowed a home run to George Springer to lead off the game, then Josh Reddick added a three-run shot in the second. It was a short night for Peters, who only recorded five outs while allowing four runs.

Humberto Castellanos was the Astros’ 29th player, and it looked like he might escape unscathed by striking out three in a spotless sixth inning. But in the seventh he allowed a single and a walk before serving up the game-winner to Rendon.

So close

Jo Adell robbed Springer of a home run in the first game of the doubleheader, and nearly did so again in the nightcap. Adell, making his first career start in center field, had the ball go in and out of the webbing of his glove in the fifth inning, snapping a 4-4 tie.

Big weekend

Mike Trout, who set the Angels franchise home run record in Game 1, doubled and walked twice in the nightcap, serving as the designated hitter. Trout in the doubleheader had four extra-base hits, and so far in the series against the Astros he reached base 12 times in 14 plate appearances, with two homers, three doubles, and eight runs scored in three games.

Notes

  • Albert Pujols singled twice and drove in three runs, including a game-tying hit in the fifth. His 175 career RBI against Houston are the most all-time against the Astros.
  • Jacob Barnes, who surrendered the fifth-inning home run to Springer, made his first relief appearance in 12 days.
  • Franklin Barreto started Game 2 of the doubleheader at shortstop, his fourth different position in the last four games, along with second base, left field, and third base.
  • In between games of the doubleheader, the Angels optioned reliever Luke Bard to the alternate site in Long Beach after the right-hander pitched two-thirds of an inning in Game 1. Kyle Keller was recalled.
  • The Angels have won a season-high four games in a row.

Game 2 particulars

Home runs: Anthony Rendon (7); George Springer 2 (7), Josh Reddick (3)

WP — Noe Ramirez (1-0): 1 IP, 1 hit

LP — Humberto Castellanos (0-1): 2 IP, 2 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

Sv — Ty Buttrey (5): 1 IP, 1 strikeout

Up next

The Angels try for the series sweep on Sunday with Jaime Barria on the mound (1:10 p.m. PT, Fox Sports West), facing left-hander Framber Valdez for the Astros.