Angels rally in 8th to complete 4-game sweep of Astros

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros reacts to his solo homerun, to trail the Los Angeles Angels 5-4, during the seventh inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 06, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 06: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros reacts to his solo homerun, to trail the Los Angeles Angels 5-4, during the seventh inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 06, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)

(AP) – Anthony Rendon homered, Jared Walsh and Justin Upton delivered key hits during a four-run eighth inning and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Houston Astros 9-5 on Sunday to sweep the series.

The Angels have a won a season-high five straight and posted their first four-game sweep since 2017.

Los Angeles trailed by at least three runs in each game of the series before rallying as it went 7-3 on the homestand.

“I’m seeing a higher level of competing on our guy's part. We're tuned in a little bit better," manager Joe Maddon said.

Rendon homered for the second straight game in the third inning when he lined a changeup from Framber Valdez (3-3) over the wall in left-center to tie it at 3. The third baseman — who delivered key long balls for the Washington Nationals in last year's World Series against the Astros — had a three-run drive to give the Angels a doubleheader sweep Saturday.

The Angels took control of the game in the eighth when their first five batters reached base. Walsh supplied the go-ahead hit when he lined a single to drive in Jo Adell. Luis Rengifo drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 7-5 and Upton delivered a one-out, two-run single off Chris Devenski.

Mike Mayers (1-0), the fifth of six Angels' pitchers used, got the win by retiring the side in order in the eighth.

“To be getting those against a team like that in our division is huge,” said Taylor Ward, who had two hits and an RBI.