HOUSTON (AP) — Jared Walsh had another big game Monday night in what has become his breakout season with the Los Angeles Angels.
Walsh homered and matched a career high with four hits, Justin Upton also connected and the Los Angeles Angels rallied in the sixth inning to beat the Houston Astros 5-4.
Walsh also doubled and had two RBIs as the Angels got their third win in four games.
After playing parts of the last two seasons, Walsh has become a tough out batting behind superstar Mike Trout in his first year as an everyday player.
“He was pretty spectacular,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s playing with a lot of confidence. You can’t win that game without him out there.”
His 29 RBIs are tied for second in the American League and his .347 average ranks fourth.
“I just want to be another piece in the lineup,” he said. “Just put pressure on pitchers.”
Houston manager Dusty Baker raved about Walsh.
“I think he’s one of the best young hitters around, and so do they,” he said. “This young man, he can hit. He’s been giving us trouble ever since the year started.”
The Angels trailed by three and Houston starter Luis Garcia had retired seven in a row before Walsh cracked his homer to the corner of right field with one out in the sixth. Upton followed with his shot, which hit on the wall above the seats in left field, to cut the lead to 4-3 and end Garcia’s night.
Brandon Bielak (1-2) walked Jose Rojas before a double by Taylor Ward. The Angels tied it when Rojas scored on Phil Gosselin’s single on a groundball that shortstop Carlos Correa didn’t field cleanly.
The Angels went on top 5-4 when Ward scored on a sacrifice bunt by Drew Butera.
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