Angels rally for 6-5 win over Astros to close wild-card gap

Posted at 10:19 PM, Sep 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-23 23:25:01-04

AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) - David Freese hit a go-ahead two-run double in a three-run eighth inning to help the Los Angeles Angels rally for a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday to close in on the second AL wild-card spot.

Houston's lead over Los Angeles fell to 1 1/2 games. The Astros are 2 1/2 games behind AL West-leading Texas, which plays later Wednesday in Oakland.

In the eighth, Mike Trout hit a leadoff double off Will Harris (5-5) before David Murphy drew a walk with one out and Harris was replaced by Pat Neshek.

Freese's double sailed just beyond left fielder Colby Rasmus on the warning track and made it 5-4. Carlos Perez's RBI single made it 6-4 and chased Neshek.

Trevor Gott (3-2) induced the last two outs of the seventh for the win and Huston Street allowed one run in the ninth before retiring Jed Lowrie for his 40th save.

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