Angels lose to Astros on Carlos Correa’s 9th-inning homer

The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani gets tagged out by Astros pitcher Zack Greinke after hitting an infield grounder in the bottom of the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Mike Trout (27) of the Angels hits a home run in the first inning scoring Shohei Ohtani (17) in a game against the Astros at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Mike Trout (27) of the Angels gets a high-five from José Iglesias (4) after Trout hit a home run in the first inning scoring Shohei Ohtani (17) in a game against the Astros at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Pitcher Dylan Bundy (37) of the Angels pitches against the Astros during a game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Jose Altuve (27) of Astros misses the tag as Shohei Ohtani (17) of the Angels steals second base in the first inning during a game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The Astros’ Carlos Correa celebrates with Alex Bregman after hitting a tiebreaking two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning of their 4-2 victory over the Angels on Tuesday at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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ANAHEIM ― For two days at Angel Stadium, Carlos Correa was booed from the moment his name was announced over the public address system. Tuesday afternoon marked the end of the Astros’ season-opening six-game road trip, their first regular-season games with fans in attendance since news of their sign-stealing scandal rocked baseball.

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Correa, who starred for the incriminated 2017 Astros club, was booed again when he strode to the plate in the ninth inning to face Angels closer Raisel Iglesias. When he hit a fly ball over the yellow home run stripe in right field, Correa had to know what was coming.

This time, the boos heralded the final dagger in the Angels’ 4-2 loss before an announced crowd of 11,122.

The loss spoiled a fine start by Dylan Bundy and dropped the Angels’ record to 4-2, one game behind the Astros (5-1) one week into the new season.

For Iglesias (1-1), the Angels’ new closer, it was the second home run he’s allowed in four games to begin the season.

“It was the pitch selection as much as anything,” Manager Joe Maddon said. “His stuff is fine. Just got to stay with him, work through it. More than anything I think it’s pitch execution.”

The Angels jumped on veteran right-hander Zack Greinke for two runs in the first inning. Shohei Ohtani hit a ground ball to the right of the pitcher’s mound, which Greinke fielded as it flirted with the foul chalk of the first-base line. …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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