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Angels sputter from poor start to finish in loss to Astros

But Angels hitters, who went three for 18 with runners in scoring position, might not have had such a hard time attempting to come back from an early 4-0 deficit if the bullpen had shut down the Astros in what turned out to be the longest nine-inning home game in team history (4 hours 21 minutes).

Not a week ago, Andriese assembled a promising line in the aftermath of Shohei Ohtani’s disastrous return to the mound .

Hoby Milner let two runs score on a Kyle Tucker hit that found a hole on the right side of the infield, then walked the next hitter.

Luis Rengifo failed to cleanly field a ground ball with one out in the seventh, allowing Michael Brantley to reach.

David Fletcher, who had just moved to right field after starting the game at shortstop, then struggled to capture a fly ball hit by Yuli Gurriel.

He threw three innings with poor results in a game at the Angels’ alternate site Thursday, Maddon said, and could use at least one more outing to ensure he’s stretched out enough to take on a five-inning start.

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