ANAHEIM, California – Reid Detmers pitched a three-hitter in six innings to score his first major league win and the Los Angeles Angels avoided the sweep in the three-game series by beating the Houston Astros 3-1 on Sunday. .
David Fletcher and Jo Adell drove in runs with ground balls in support of Detmers (1-2), who struck out six and conceded a touchdown after beating Lance McCullers Jr. in his third start in the Big Top. Phil Gosselin blew the wall in the eighth inning and scored twice for Los Angeles.
Michael Brantley homered and McCullers (9-4) allowed two touchdowns while working into the sixth inning, but the Astros – leading the AL West – had their four-game win streak broken with just their fourth loss in 12 games. against the Angels this season.
Raisel Iglesias escaped a problem in the eighth and struck out Jose Altuve with two runners in scoring position in the ninth for his 26th save, including his eighth of at least four outs, the highest number in the majors this year.
Shohei Ohtani hit two singles for the Angels, who won for just the third time in nine games. Los Angeles avoided going three games below .500 for the first time since June 29.
Detmers walked two and stayed out of trouble during his best and longest outing in his short career. All three of his career starts have had a high degree of difficulty against potential postseason teams: Athletics, Dodgers and Astros.
For the Astros, the Cubans Yordan Álvarez 4-2; Yulieski Gurriel 3-0; Aledmys Diaz 4-1. Puerto Ricans Carlos Correa 4-0; Martín Maldonado 2-0. Venezuelan José Altuve 5-0.