Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to pitch Wednesday evening at Angel Stadium against the Houston Astros seeking both to end the Los Angeles Angels’ five-game losing streak and extend his streak of winning five consecutive starts.
Ohtani (8-4) is the most recent Angel pitcher to record a victory, limiting the Miami Marlins to an unearned run and two hits over seven innings in a 5-2 victory last Wednesday, striking out 10 and walking three.
Since then, the Angels were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in a four-game series and lost the opener of their three-game series against Houston, 6-5, Tuesday.
The Angels combined a walk, two throwing errors, a bases-loaded hit batter, David MacKinnon’s two-run single and a run-scoring passed ball to score four runs in the seventh, tying the score, 5-5.
Kyle Tucker doubled in Jose Altuve, who led off with a walk, with the winning run in the top of the ninth.
Right-hander Luis Garcia and four relievers limited the Angels to two hits.
The loss dropped the Angels (38-50) 20 games behind the AL West-leading Astros (57-29). They were one game behind Houston on May 24 before beginning a franchise-record 14-game losing streak that prompted the firing of manager Joe Maddon 12 games into the streak.
Ohtani has a 1-1 record and a 0.84 ERA in two appearances against the Astros this season, striking out 21, walking two and allowing five hits in 10 2/3 innings. The Angels are 8-6 when Ohtani is their starting pitcher.
Cristian Javier (6-4) is scheduled to start for Houston. The right-hander struck out 14 Angels batters and did not issue a walk in an 8-1 victory July 1. The only hit he allowed in seven innings was Ohtani’s first-inning home run.
Houston is 8-4 in Javier’s starts.
Angels interim manger Phil Nevin said he considers Mike Trout day-to-day. The all-star outfielder was removed from Tuesday’s game because of back spasms.
The 6:38 p.m. game will be televised by Bally Sports West.