World news – Angels lose to Astros to Carlos Correas Homer in the 9th inning

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

Astros’ Jose Altuve (27) misses the day when Shohei Ohtani (17) of the Angels steals the 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)

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

Mike Trout (27) of the Angels scored a first inning homerun with 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)

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

Shohei Ohtani (17) of the Angels hits the throw to first base after hitting astro pitcher Zack Greinke (21) and astro first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) during a game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register / SCNG)

Angels pitcher Aaron Slegers, 57, will face the Astros in a game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register / SCNG)

Angels’ pitcher Raisel Iglesias (32) will face the Astros in a game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register / SCNG)

Astros Carlos Correa celebrates with Alex Bregman after completing a groundbreaking two-run home run in the ninth inning of his 4-2 win over the Angels on Tuesday at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register / SCNG)

ANAHEIM – For two days at Angel Stadium, Carlos Correa was booed from the moment his name was announced over the public address system. Tuesday marked the end of the six-game Astros season opener road trip, their first regular-season games that fans have attended since news of their sign-stealing scandal rocked baseball.

Correa, who starred for the strained Astros club in 2017, was booed again when he stepped on the plate in the ninth inning to face Angel’s closer Raisel Iglesias. When he hit a fly ball over the yellow homerun stripe in the right field, Correa needed to know what was coming.

This time the Boos announced the dagger in the 4-2 defeat of the Angels in front of an announced crowd of 11,122 spectators.

The defeat spoiled a good start for Dylan Bundy and lowered the Angels record to 4-2, one game behind the Astros (5-1) a week into the new season.

For Iglesias (1: 1), the new seamstress of the Angels, it was the second home run that he allowed in four games at the beginning of the season.

« It was mostly the pitch selection, » said manager Joe Maddon. “His things are fine. I just have to stay with him and work it through. Most of all, I think it’s a pitch execution.  »

Iglesias has been closing games since 2016, making it one of the longest-running closers in baseball. The Angels bought him last December from the Reds for a minor leaguer and pitcher Noe Ramirez, who has since returned to the Angels. He had a long track record in safe situations (2.44 ERA in 136 games), less so in unsafe situations (3.38 ERA in 120 games).

Iglesias was unwilling to blame the situation on Tuesday – 2-2 in the ninth inning – as a factor for his poor performance. His 0-2 fastball missed the intended target and split the heart of the plate.

« Whatever situation Joe wants me to be in, I have to do my job, » Iglesias said through an interpreter. “The trust is definitely there. It’s still early in the season. I’m not too worried about that. « 

The Angels jumped two runs in the first inning on the experienced right-hander Zack Greinke. Shohei Ohtani hit a floor ball to the right of the pitcher hill, which Greinke set up as he approached the lazy chalk of the first baseline. Greinke’s throw sailed far away away from the first base and Ohtani was safe.

After Ohtani stole second base, Mike Trout wiped out a slider just above his knees for a home run. The 464-foot blast on left field quickly gave the Angels a 2-0 lead.

Bundy immediately gave the lead back. Kyle Tucker and Aledmys Diaz hit home runs in consecutive bats in the second inning to make it 2-0.

« I was very happy with the trip and the way I competed, » said Bundy. « I basically left two sliders where they could hit them, and I paid these two homers to do it. »

Soon there was a pitcher duel. The angels have not brought another runner past the first base against Greinke, who completed seven innings. The Astros only threatened Bundy once when an Alex Bregman single and a Yordan Alvarez double put the runners in second and third, with one missing in the sixth inning.

Bundy quickly defused the threat. He persuaded Correa with an infield fly that he could easily catch a second time. Tucker watched a 2-0 fastball score the corner for the third goal. At 95.1 mph, it was the fastest pitch Bundy has thrown in a game since June 2017, according to Statcast, and it came on his last pitch of the afternoon.

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Perhaps the extra speed was a sustained effect of the adrenaline roused by the Astros two early homers.

« You don’t like giving up on Homer, » said Bundy. « Nobody does. This is the game. How many homers can you not give up that day? After that, yes, it makes you focus a little more and get down. »

The Angels have a day off Wednesday before heading to Dunedin, Florida for a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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