Simmons hits 3-run HR in 8th, Angels rally past Astros 7-6

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Andrelton Simmons stared at his eighth-inning shot headed for left field and had no idea if the drive off Houston Astros reliever Tyler Clippard would clear the fence.

''I knew it was an out or a homer,'' Simmons said.

The ball eventually went over a leaping Josh Reddick, giving Simmons a three-run shot that capped a late comeback and sent the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-6 victory Saturday night.

Los Angeles trailed 6-1 in the seventh before rallying to snap a three-game skid. The Angels and Seattle Mariners are a half-game behind Minnesota in a packed race for the second AL wild card.

Kole Calhoun singled home Mike Trout with two outs in the eighth to make it 6-4. Simmons then slipped and finished his swing on one knee but still drove Clippard's slider over the left-field fence, sending Angel Stadium fans into a frenzy amid fireworks over center field.

''This team never quits,'' Calhoun said. ''We needed a big swing of the bat and we got it.''

Trout worked a two-out walk and went to third on a single by Albert Pujols against Francis Martes. Clippard (2-8) gave up Calhoun's single before Simmons connected on the next pitch.

''It was just a good pitch to hit. Just a pitch up in the zone. It kind of went down a little more than I thought, but I saw it pretty decent,'' Simmons said. ''I was fortunate to not miss it.''

Blake Wood (2-4) worked a hitless inning and Blake Parker got three outs for his second save.

''Definitely a huge win,'' Calhoun said.

Before the eighth, the Astros appeared to be cruising.

Jake Marisnick and George Springer homered to back Brad Peacock's six strong innings as the AL West leaders raced out to a five-run lead.

Marisnick's home run, a golf shot in the fourth that made the score 5-1, came off starter Tyler Skaggs. Springer's drive came in the seventh off reliever Bud Norris and made it 6-1. Meanwhile, Peacock struck out eight.

Calhoun hit a solo homer in the second. Los Angeles scraped across two runs in the seventh to make it 6-3.

Skaggs got himself into trouble in the second when he allowed a single to Brian McCann and a double to Marisnick.

McCann scored on Skaggs' balk and then Marisnick scored on an error by third baseman Luis Valbuena. By the end of the inning, Houston led 4-0.

Josh Reddick hit a two-run single in the first for the Astros.

TRAVEL PLANS

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said the plan was for Houston to leave Anaheim on Sunday but he wasn't sure where the team would go with Hurricane Harvey hitting the Texas coast.

''Monday being off gives us the leeway to really do the best and safest route,'' he said. ''As far as Tuesday goes, from all I know everything is OK, but I know the brunt of the storm is supposed to maybe hit over the next couple of days.''

GUERRERO HONORED

Before the game, the Angels inducted Vladimir Guerrero into their Hall of Fame. Guerrero won the 2004 AL MVP award with the Angels and played 846 games with the franchise from 2004-09. ''I'm very happy. It's a great honor for me,'' he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Hinch said Carlos Correa (thumb) was expected to play shortstop Saturday for Triple-A Fresno. The plan is for Correa to be the DH on Sunday for Fresno. The star slugger has been out since July 17. ... RHP Will Harris (shoulder) returned to the team but was not activated. Harris allowed two runs and two hits in one inning Friday for Fresno. ... RHP Lance McCullers (back discomfort) will need another rehab outing, according to Hinch. McCullers allowed three runs in three innings Friday for Fresno.

Angels: Manager Mike Scioscia said RHP Garrett Richards is expected to throw Wednesday for Triple-A Salt Lake. Richards has pitched in only one major league game all season because of a biceps strain. ... Scioscia said the team was looking at ''early next week'' to determine a rehab assignment for 3B Yunel Escobar (oblique).

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Charlie Morton (10-6, 3.81 ERA) will look to rebound from his last start, a 10-6 loss to Washington. He is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in his career against the Angels.

Angels: RHP Ricky Nolasco (6-12, 5.05) is scheduled to start Sunday. He is 7-2 with a 3.63 ERA against the Astros, including 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts this season.

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  • W: B. Wood (2-4)L: T. Clippard (2-8)S: B. Parker (2)
  • HR: HOU - J. Marisnick (16), G. Springer (29), LAA - K. Calhoun (17), A. Simmons (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Springer RF51111002.295.369.553.9226.0
A. Bregman SS51200010.287.363.492.8554.5
J. Altuve 2B40000013.355.415.559.974-0.5
Y. Gurriel 1B31100101.289.318.473.7914.0
J. Reddick LF30120101.302.348.471.8194.0
C. Beltran DH40000013.238.291.403.693-0.5
J. Davis 3B40000020.176.282.412.694-1.0
B. McCann C41100000.233.315.404.7192.0
J. Marisnick CF42211010.256.329.526.8558.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Maybin LF30000130.236.337.350.6871.5
    M. Trout CF31000111.321.453.6521.1051.5
    A. Pujols DH41200010.232.276.379.6552.5
    K. Calhoun RF43321001.248.330.398.72811.0
    A. Simmons SS42231000.289.342.450.79111.0
    L. Valbuena 3B40110021.207.288.425.7131.0
    C. Cron 1B30010011.251.308.427.7350.5
    M. Maldonado C30000021.225.287.368.655-1.0
    K. Cowart 2B30000011.238.299.425.724-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gurriel (35), J. Marisnick (10)
      • HR - G. Springer (29), J. Marisnick (16)
      • RBI - G. Springer (71), J. Reddick 2 (65), J. Marisnick (35)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Reddick 2 (26), J. Marisnick (15)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Simmons (31)
      • HR - K. Calhoun (17), A. Simmons (14)
      • RBI - K. Calhoun 2 (57), A. Simmons 3 (60), L. Valbuena (48), C. Cron (35)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Calhoun (22), A. Simmons 3 (26)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Bregman (14)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Maybin (29)
      FIELDING
      • E - L. Valbuena (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Peacock6.03111813.121.2720.0
      F. Liriano0.12220005.781.65-4.0
      F. Martes1.11221204.841.430.0
      T. Clippard (L, 2-8) (BS, 6)0.12220114.561.31-8.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Peacock6.0
      F. Liriano0.1
      F. Martes1.1
      T. Clippard (L, 2-8) (BS, 6)0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Skaggs5.06542314.251.364.5
      J. Alvarez1.00000104.051.203.5
      B. Norris1.02110014.411.330.0
      B. Wood (W, 2-4)1.00000105.551.5910.5
      B. Parker (S, 2)1.00000102.220.8610.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Skaggs5.0
      J. Alvarez1.0
      B. Norris1.0
      B. Wood (W, 2-4)1.0
      B. Parker (S, 2)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Peacock 96-61, F. Liriano 5-4, F. Martes 26-18, T. Clippard 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Peacock 4-5, F. Liriano 1-0, F. Martes 2-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Peacock 21, F. Liriano 3, F. Martes 6, T. Clippard 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Skaggs (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 92-58, J. Alvarez 18-13, B. Norris 22-16, B. Wood 9-5, B. Parker 12-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 9-4, B. Norris 2-1, B. Wood 1-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 24, J. Alvarez 3, B. Norris 5, B. Wood 3, B. Parker 3
      • Balks - T. Skaggs
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HOU78-51
      220100100680
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF51111002.295.369.553.9226.0
      A. Bregman SS51200010.287.363.492.8554.5
      J. Altuve 2B40000013.355.415.559.974-0.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B31100101.289.318.473.7914.0
      J. Reddick LF30120101.302.348.471.8194.0
      C. Beltran DH40000013.238.291.403.693-0.5
      J. Davis 3B40000020.176.282.412.694-1.0
      B. McCann C41100000.233.315.404.7192.0
      J. Marisnick CF42211010.256.329.526.8558.5
      Total3668422610-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        C. Maybin LF30000130.236.337.350.6871.5
        M. Trout CF31000111.321.453.6521.1051.5
        A. Pujols DH41200010.232.276.379.6552.5
        K. Calhoun RF43321001.248.330.398.72811.0
        A. Simmons SS42231000.289.342.450.79111.0
        L. Valbuena 3B40110021.207.288.425.7131.0
        C. Cron 1B30010011.251.308.427.7350.5
        M. Maldonado C30000021.225.287.368.655-1.0
        K. Cowart 2B30000011.238.299.425.724-0.5
        Total3178722116-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Gurriel (35), J. Marisnick (10)
          • HR - G. Springer (29), J. Marisnick (16)
          • RBI - G. Springer (71), J. Reddick 2 (65), J. Marisnick (35)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Reddick 2 (26), J. Marisnick (15)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Simmons (31)
          • HR - K. Calhoun (17), A. Simmons (14)
          • RBI - K. Calhoun 2 (57), A. Simmons 3 (60), L. Valbuena (48), C. Cron (35)
          • 2-Out RBI - K. Calhoun (22), A. Simmons 3 (26)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Bregman (14)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - C. Maybin (29)
          FIELDING
          • E - L. Valbuena (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Peacock6.03111813.121.2720.0
          F. Liriano0.12220005.781.65-4.0
          F. Martes1.11221204.841.430.0
          T. Clippard (L, 2-8) (BS, 6)0.12220114.561.31-8.5
          Total8.08772112---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Peacock6.0
          F. Liriano0.1
          F. Martes1.1
          T. Clippard (L, 2-8) (BS, 6)0.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Skaggs5.06542314.251.364.5
          J. Alvarez1.00000104.051.203.5
          B. Norris1.02110014.411.330.0
          B. Wood (W, 2-4)1.00000105.551.5910.5
          B. Parker (S, 2)1.00000102.220.8610.5
          Total9.0865262---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Skaggs5.0
          J. Alvarez1.0
          B. Norris1.0
          B. Wood (W, 2-4)1.0
          B. Parker (S, 2)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Peacock 96-61, F. Liriano 5-4, F. Martes 26-18, T. Clippard 12-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Peacock 4-5, F. Liriano 1-0, F. Martes 2-0
          • Batters Faced - B. Peacock 21, F. Liriano 3, F. Martes 6, T. Clippard 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - T. Skaggs (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 92-58, J. Alvarez 18-13, B. Norris 22-16, B. Wood 9-5, B. Parker 12-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 9-4, B. Norris 2-1, B. Wood 1-1
          • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 24, J. Alvarez 3, B. Norris 5, B. Wood 3, B. Parker 3
          • Balks - T. Skaggs
          • 8TH INNING
            Simmons homered to left, Pujols and Calhoun scored67
            Calhoun singled to right center, Trout scored, Pujols to third64
          • 7TH INNING
            Cron grounded out to shortstop, Simmons scored63
            Valbuena grounded out to second, Calhoun scored, Simmons to third62
            Springer homered to left61
          • 4TH INNING
            Marisnick homered to left51
          • 2ND INNING
            Calhoun homered to right41
            Bregman safe at first on 1st baseman Valbuena fielding error, Marisnick scored30
            McCann scored, Marisnick to third on balk30
          • 1ST INNING
            Reddick singled to right center, Bregman and Gurriel scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Blake Parker relieved Blake Wood
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick flied out to right
            • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Springer flied out to right
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Blake Wood relieved Bud Norris
            • C. Beltran: Ball, Ball, Beltran flied out to deep right
            • J. Davis: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Martes Pitching:
            • K. Cowart: Ball, Cowart grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Maybin: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Maybin struck out looking
            • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pujols singled to center, Trout to third
            • Tyler Clippard relieved Francis Martes
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun singled to right center, Trout scored, Pujols to third
            • A. Simmons: Simmons homered to left, Pujols and Calhoun scored
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Bud Norris relieved Jose Alvarez
            • G. Springer: Foul, Foul, Springer homered to left
            • A. Bregman: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bregman singled to shallow center
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Bregman stole second, Ball, Altuve grounded out to second, Bregman to third
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Reddick lined out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Francisco Liriano relieved Brad Peacock
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun singled to shallow center
            • A. Simmons: Simmons doubled to left center, Calhoun to third
            • L. Valbuena: Valbuena grounded out to second, Calhoun scored, Simmons to third
            • Francis Martes relieved Francisco Liriano
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron grounded out to shortstop, Simmons scored
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Jose Alvarez relieved Tyler Skaggs
            • J. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davis flied out to deep right
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, McCann popped out to third
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
            • M. Trout: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Trout flied out to right
            • A. Pujols: Foul, Pujols flied out to left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel doubled to left center
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked, Gurriel to third on wild pitch
            • C. Beltran: Ball, Beltran grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Strike looking, Valbuena singled to center
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • K. Cowart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Cowart grounded out to first
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • J. Davis: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Marisnick homered to left
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Springer flied out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pujols singled to right
            • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Calhoun grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Pujols out at second
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Simmons popped out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Gurriel lined out to left
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Reddick grounded out to second
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beltran struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Maldonado grounded out to first
            • K. Cowart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Cowart struck out swinging
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maybin walked
            • M. Trout: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Maybin stole second, Strike looking, Trout struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • J. Davis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis grounded out to shortstop
            • B. McCann: Ball, McCann singled to shallow center
            • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Marisnick doubled to right, McCann to third
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer popped out to first
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, McCann scored, Marisnick to third on balk, Bregman safe at first on 1st baseman Valbuena fielding error, Marisnick scored
            • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Altuve reached on fielder's choice to third, Bregman out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Calhoun homered to right
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons grounded out to third
            • L. Valbuena: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
            • C. Cron: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Cron flied out to shallow left
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Springer grounded out to third
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman singled to shallow center
            • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to third, Bregman to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reddick singled to right center, Bregman and Gurriel scored
            • C. Beltran: Beltran flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Trout fouled out to third
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pujols struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)