The Angels overcame closer Hansel Robles' struggles in the ninth inning, as Jason Castro tied the game with an RBI double in the bottom half of the frame and Michael Hermosillo provided a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th in a 5-4 win over the Astros on Saturday at Angel Stadium. It was a much-needed victory, which snapped their losing streak at three games.
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After Robles gave up three runs in the top of the ninth on homers from Josh Reddick and George Springer, Luis Rengifo sparked the comeback in the bottom of the inning with a one-out single off closer Roberto Osuna, who left the game due to injury. Castro capitalized with an RBI double off the wall in center to tie the game.
Relievers Noé Ramirez and Ryan Buchter combined to hold the Astros scoreless in the 10th despite the new extra-innings rule with a runner starting on second base. It set the stage for the walk-off in the 10th, with David Fletcher starting things off with a single to right to put runners at the corners with nobody out. After a strikeout from Brian Goodwin, Anthony Rendon was intentionally walked to bring up Hermosillo, who delivered with a sacrifice fly to right off reliever Nivaldo Rodriguez to score Matt Thaiss.
It came on an afternoon in which right-hander Griffin Canning turned in a solid outing. With the shadows making it difficult for hitters on both sides with a 4 p.m. PT start, Canning took advantage and allowed one run over six-plus innings. Canning scattered six hits and two walks while striking out five. It was another strong showing from the 24-year-old, who received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow in March, but has proved to be healthy.
It also masked more troubles from Robles, who is dealing with declining velocity and hasn’t looked like he did last year, when he established himself as a dependable closer with a 2.48 ERA and 23 saves.