Angels’ rally comes up short in 2-1 loss to Astros – Orange County Register

HOUSTON — The Angels just endured seven days they would rather forget. As they packed their bags following the conclusion of a seven-game trip, they did so with just one more victory than when the trip began.

“It’s going to be nice to go home for sure,” Kole Calhoun said after Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the Houston Astros. “This was a long trip. It didn’t go well. But we know we have a talented team in this clubhouse.”

Although the Angels could at least take some solace in the fact that they gave themselves a shot with a promising ninth-inning rally, in the end they lost because they were once again lacking the big hit.

On their way to eight losses in the last nine games, the Angels have hit .185 and averaged 1.8 runs per game.

“We’re struggling as a team,” Calhoun said. “A couple things go our way, the ball starts rolling our way, and you never know what could happen.”

The Angels were stymied by Lance McCullers for most of the afternoon, held hitless until the fifth and without a runner in scoring position until the seventh.

The few times they did look like they might get something started, the rallies stalled. They hit into two double plays and had a…

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