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Angels relievers pounded in blowout loss to Astros – Press Telegram

ANAHEIM – The Los Angeles bullpen must have been, and still could be, one of the team’s strengths.

But this will leave a mark.

Los Angeles relievers allowed 11 runs, including eight in the seventh inning, in a 13-6 loss to the Houston Astros on Friday night at Angel Stadium.

The Angels lost the first two games of the season, falling short in a pitcher duel on the opening day and then fell one night later.

Relievers Oliver Ortega (two runs), Mike Mayers (three), Jimmy Herget (four) and Jaime Barria (two) allowed a draw in the fifth to become an unequal defeat.

The Angel Stadium was packed with 42,719 fans on a Shohei Ohtani bobblehead night, and they left with nothing to celebrate other than their new memories.

Although the Los Angeles bull missed the game in the end, in the first half of the game the defense of the Astros was the difference.

Left fielder Michael Brantley made a perfect save to nail Jared Walsh on the plate in the first. Third baseman Alex Bregman made a dive stop from a Tyler Wade helicopter in the second inning. In the fourth, just after an initial double by Jose Rojas, Brandon Marsh was stolen from a hit in a dive by center fielder Jose Siri.

Siri then started the top of the fifth using his speed to create the tiebreaker race.

Siri led Ortega with a single of bloop. He then stole the second and took the third with a ball to the right field. Then José Altuve hit a boat straight to third baseman Anthony Rendon, who took a look at Siri and launched the first. Siri went back to the bag when Rendon looked at him, but the moment he turned away to throw the first one, Siri threw the house. With Siri running at 31.2 feet per second, first baseman Walsh rushed in and made a poor home throw, allowing the run to score.

Ortega then gave a home run to Bregman in the sixth, opening the floodgates. Mayers started the seventh and did not withdraw any of the three batters he faced.

Even if the bullpen had a bad night, incumbent Reid Detmers could have saved them a bit of work if he had been more efficient. Detmers gave up a pair of homers, José Altuve leading the game and Aledmys Díaz in the fourth. He needed 29 pitches to get out of the first, which did not bode well for him on a night when he was limited to about 80 pitches because of the reduced spring.

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