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|Mike Trout may have finally broken out of his slump.The two-time American League MVP drove in a teammate for the first time in more than a month Bo Horvat Jersey , homering to cap a seven-run burst in seventh inning for the Angels in a 14-5 rout of the Houston Astros on Sunday.
”It was nice just to see some guys put some really good swings on balls and get some good momentum, some good vibes going. But it’s only for today. We got to be able to carry that over moving forward and we got to do it a lot more often,” said Andrew Heaney (6-6), who won his fourth consecutive home start.
With their superstar leading the way, the Angels set a season high for runs and stopped a three-game losing streak.
Trout hit his 26th home run, a drive off Chris Devenski that followed Andrelton Simmons‘ single. Trout’s only RBIs since June 19 had been solo homers off Baltimore’s David Hess on June 29 and against the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Ross Stripling on July 7.
Trout singled in the first ending streaks of 16 plate appearances and 11 at-bats without a hit.
David Fletcher had a two-run single in the big inning, Kole Calhoun greeted Devenski with a three-run homer and Ian Kinsler hit a solo homer in the eighth off J.D. Davis, an outfielder and corner infielder. A pitcher at Cal State-Fullerton, Davis had two mound appearances for the Astros in lopsided losses last year.
Houston had not allowed double-digit runs since a 13-12, 10-inning win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series and gave up its most runs since a 14-6 defeat at Detroit on July 29, 2016.
Lance McCullers Jr. (10-5) gave up five runs Authentic David Pastrnak Jersey , six hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings. He became the first Astros pitcher to walk five or more in consecutive starts since Erik Bedard in July 2013.
”From the onset I think Lance was battling himself a little bit,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said. ”Didn’t quite put the finish put-away curve balls like he normally does, but you’re not going to have a game like this and not have everybody have a little bit of a bad day.”
Davis put the Astros ahead with an RBI single in the second, but Kinsler hit an RBI double in the bottom half that scored Shohei Ohtani and then came home on Luis Valbuena’s single.
It was Valbuena’s second hit and first RBI since July 4, setting the tone to end a four-game home losing streak to the division leaders.
But the Angels recognize that a one-off performance, no matter how eye-popping, does them no good at this point in the season. Los Angeles got back to .500 in its 100th game, trailing Seattle by 10 for the second wild card spot and 15 back of Houston.
”We got to be able to carry that over moving forward and we got to do it a lot more often,” said Heaney, who allowed one run, four hits and two walks in six innings. ”It’s time to get going. We’re not in any position to be able to sit back and look at this one fondly. We got to do it day in and day out.”
Catcher Jose Briceno was the only Angels batter who failed to record a hit Phil Kessel Jersey , going 0 for 4. The rest of the lineup was 15 for 32.
Astros: SS Carlos Correa (back) has resumed baseball activities following a setback in his recovery, Hinch said.
Angels: RHP Jim Johnson was activated off the DL after missing 32 games because of a strained muscle in his back. RHP Taylor Cole was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Astros: RHP Gerrit Cole (10-2, 2.52 ERA) is 6-1 with a 2.53 ERA in 10 road starts this year going into Tuesday’s outing at Colorado.
Angels: RHP Jaime Barria (5-6, 3.55) is 0-5 in six starts and winless since June 1 heading into Monday’s start against the Chicago White Sox.
There is no doubt the New York Giants have the talent at the skill positions to be a success on offense.It starts with two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning at quarterback and extends to three-time Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and No. 2 overall draft pick Saquon Barkley at halfback. Sprinkle in receiver Sterling Shepard and second-year tight end Evan Engram and there is plenty of explosiveness for new coach Pat Shurmur's squad to put up some points.
The question mark is the revamped offensive line, which can best be described as five players trying to form a cohesive unit 鈥?basically a new group.
Left tackle Nate Solder was signed as a free agent after spending seven seasons taking care of Tom Brady's blind side for the Patriots. The signing forced 2015 first-round draft choice Ereck Flowers to move from left tackle to the right side. Left guard Will Hernandez was drafted in the second round in April. Right guard Patrick Omameh was signed as a free agent, while Jon Halapio is transitioning from guard to center.
"Hey, we're going to go as far as that line will block for us," Shurmur said Monday after the Giants practiced for Friday's night annual preseason game against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.
The line saw limited action in the preseason games against the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions. It sprung Barkley for a 43-yard run on the opening play from scrimmage against the Browns to set up a field goal. New York put together a 17-play, 79-yard drive on the second series against the Lions that halfback Wayne Gallman capped with an 8-yard touchdown reception from Davis Webb.
Some of the line play has been good. Some has not, with Manning under pressure in the first game, and the running game struggling in the second.
"We are all aware of the job that's expected of us Vladimir Tarasenko Jersey , and we're all ready to step up to the plate and take on that challenge," said Omameh, who is playing for his fourth team. "It's just a matter of us continuing to build and improve and be where we want to be when the season hits."
Shurmur has changed some things in the locker room to help. All the linemen have their lockers in the same area. Last year, the line was divided on two sides of the room, with one group in a corner and the others in the middle of the room.
Hernandez, who brings an edge to the line, understands things are not going to be perfect from the start.
"For me, it's a we-have-to-do-this-now mentality," he said. "I think we all have that mentality. We don't have a year to two to get good or to start doing well. We have to do this now. That's our mentality. We work at it every day, to make sure by the time we roll up to the first game, we're ready to go."
Halapio Womens Derek Dorsett Jersey , who didn't get into the lineup at guard until the final six games last season, said practicing with the Lions for three days last week helped the line work on its communication. He says it's harder to predict when it will all come together.
"It's a process,' he said. "We don't to play the whole entire preseason game, so I can't say there is a timetable. You improve from the prior week. We did that with Detroit compared to the Cleveland Browns. That's what we are looking for."
Outside linebacker/defensive end Olivier Vernon has been impressed with how the linemen have bonded.
"That translates well on the field when it comes down to it," Vernon said. "I think their attitude is one of the things that I've noticed, especially going against them in practice and since OTAs. They got depth in that group, too, as well. They have a lot of guys that are working. They're working, they're building that chemistry. That's one thing you like to see in the offensive line group."
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