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Bregman’s grand slam carries Astros over Angels in Mexico

Alex Bregman hit a grand slam, and Justin Verlander overcame a shaky start to lead the Houston Astros to a 10-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon in Monterrey, Mexico, completing a two-game sweep in the Mexico Series.

Bregman enjoyed his stay in Monterrey, going 5-for-10 with three home runs and eight RBIs in the two games.

Verlander gave up three runs in the first two innings, but shut out the Angels until the seventh, when Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy hit the second of his two home runs. Verlander (5-1) gave up four runs on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

Michael Brantley and Carlos Correa also homered for Houston, which scored 24 runs on 27 hits in the two-game series.

David Fletcher led off the bottom of the first inning for the Angels with his second home run of the season. Fletcher, who also had a single in the game, has been the toughest hitter in the majors to strike out this season, with just four strikeouts in 107 plate appearances.

The Angels’ 1-0 lead lasted only until the top of the second, when Correa hit a two-run homer off Angels starter Matt Harvey. It was Correa’s seventh homer of the season and extended his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest current streak in the majors.

The Angels regained the lead in their half of the second when Lucroy, following a double by Kole Calhoun, hit a two-run homer for a 3-2 edge.

Harvey appeared to settle in after the second inning, retiring the Astros in order in the third and fourth. He got the first out of the fifth, but then found trouble again.

A hit batter, a single and walk loaded the bases with two out for Houston, and Harvey was replaced by Cam Bedrosian. Bedrosian fell behind in the count 2-0 before grooving a fastball down the middle to Bregman, who launched a grand slam to center field for a 6-3 Houston lead.

Harvey (1-3) went 4 2/3 innings and was charged with five runs on five hits.

Meanwhile, Verlander gave up the home runs to Fletcher and Lucroy early, but found his groove. After a walk to Mike Trout in the third inning, Verlander went on to retire the next 13 Angels hitters in a row until Lucroy’s second homer with one out in the seventh.

–Field Level Media

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