Angels stifled by Keuchel as win streak ends
Trout breaks up no-hit bid in seventh; magic number remains at 4
The Angels simply overheated on Sunday. Despite a 6-1 loss to Houston -- one that snapped a season-high 10-game winning streak -- the red-hot Angels remained in the driver's seat in the American League West and in the fast lane toward the postseason, instead of stranded on the side of the road. The Angels carried an 11-game division lead into Sunday's game, and their advantage shrunk to 10 games over Oakland, which beat Seattle.
Still, the Angels are just days away from clinching the AL West, their magic number at 4 with just 13 games left. With their magic number to secure a playoff berth at 2, the Angels can punch their ticket to the postseason with a win over the Mariners on Monday night.
"No one's using the word luxury or anything like that around here," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
"We're out here to win every game that we take the field, and hopefully, we'll start to get some momentum tomorrow."
After bashing their way to their longest winning streak in 12 years, the high-powered Angels offense that was on fire disappeared in a cloud of smoke, mustering just three hits as the temperature hovered in the mid-90s. Read More...
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