SAN ANTONIO — The Houston Astros had a chance to clinch the American League West with a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, but the fans booed them when their manager, Dan Haren, made an error and a pitcher, James Paxton, allowed a single to a batter.
The Astros trailed by one run at the end of the eighth inning when the Angels scored three runs off Paxton’s mistake in the seventh.
They trailed by two when they allowed a run in the eighth.
They lost the game, 4-3, when Paxton threw two straight strikes to Carlos Correa in the third.
“We need to be better,” Astros manager Dan Hares said.
“That’s what we talked about before the game.
We talked about how we didn’t need a perfect game.
I think the guys need to go out there and make mistakes.”
Astros catcher Josh Reddick had a hit and a walk.
Astros shortstop Tyler Glasnow had a pair of hits and two RBIs.
The team scored six runs in the ninth and 11 runs in total in the 12th.
The Dodgers, led by Mark Ellis, led 7-2 when Angel Cruz walked and a run scored off a sacrifice fly by Alex Wood.
Angels right fielder Adam Jones was hit by a pitch on a sacrifice bunt.
The Angels tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Chris Gimenez.
Astros catcher Brian McCann singled.
The two teams traded hits with two outs in the fifth.
In the bottom half of the seventh, Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw pitched five innings and allowed one run on three hits and a home run.
He left with the score tied after Kershaw allowed a one-out double by Brett Lawrie.
“I think the bullpen has been terrific,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he’s been disappointed with the bullpen’s play.
“They were great all game long,” he said.
The teams were tied in the top of the fourth on a two-out single by Correa.
In a tight game in San Antonio on Friday night, the Astros lost 3-2.
Angels reliever Jeff Samardzija gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
“You can’t let guys get into the same situations as they did,” Samardrzija said.
He was pulled after giving up a home hit to Mike Trout.
Astros first baseman Jose Altuve went 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs.
In addition, they lost 2-1 in a game at the Astrodome for the first time since June 5, 2011.
The home team outscored the visiting team, 20-7.
The Rangers won their second straight, beating the Astros 6-3 on Friday in Houston.
“A lot of things were happening for us.
It was not a game we wanted to lose,” Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker said.
Alex Bregman had a home-run and a two RBI single.
Alex Avila was 2 for 5 with two runs scored.
The game was tied 1-1 after one.
The Yankees scored twice in the first inning.
Justin Bour, who had a homer in the Angels’ previous game against the Astros, drove in two runs on a three-run shot to right-center.
He also doubled in a run on a groundout.
The Twins scored two runs in a row in the second inning.
The second inning was a walk-off victory for the Twins, who beat Texas 4-2 on Monday.