Sunday's defeat to the Astros (20-37) gave the Angels three straight losses to start the four-game home series and moved them to 3-6 against their new division rivals this season. The Angels won two of three in the first meeting in Anaheim, one of them on a walk-off, then dropped two of three at Minute Maid Park from May 7-9, with the only victory a comeback effort.
Tommy Hanson gave up five runs on Friday and the offense combined to plate four runs on 15 hits while going 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position the next two games. The Angels -- with a payroll about six times the size -- have been outscored 38-29 by Houston and came into Sunday with a .244/.315/.431 slash line against a pitching staff with the highest ERA in the Majors.
"With the lineup we have, they've just done a really good job of not making mistakes," said Angels outfielder J.B. Shuck, who spent the first five seasons of his pro career in the Astros organization. "Their starters have done a very good job of keeping us off-balance and then their bullpen has done a great job of not letting us get in our groove."
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