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ANAHEIM — Better late than never.

The Angels, who trailed by five runs after their offense did little for six innings, rallied for six runs in the seventh and eighth, to beat the Houston Astros, 7-6, on Saturday night.

Andrelton Simmons’ three-run homer completed a four-run eighth-inning rally that began with two outs and the bases empty.

Mike Trout, mired in an 0-for-14 slump, drew a walk. Albert Pujols then blooped a single into center field, sending Trout to third. Kole Calhoun then lined a single into right-center. It was the third hit of the game for Calhoun, including a homer that put the Angels on the board in the second.

That brought up Simmons, who blasted the pitch from Tyler Clippard over the left-field fence, just over a leaping Josh Reddick.

Simmons’ 14th homer of the season gave the Angels their first lead of the game, setting Blake Parker up for a shot at the save.

Parker, although he’s been one of the Angels most consistent relievers, had not started the ninth inning in a save situation all season. Manager Mike Scioscia had instead opted to move him around different high-leverage spots in the late innings.

When Parker closed it out, the Angels avoided what would have been their first four-game losing streak since April. They also picked up a game on just about all of the contenders for the American League’s second wild card.

The late rally also spared Tyler Skaggs on a night he had another rough outing.

Skaggs, who gave up five runs in five innings, has a 4.56 ERA in five games since returning from three months out with a strained oblique.

“One of the things about a pitcher that rehabs and comes back into a major league environment, you might be healthy and feel you’re fine tuned but major league hitters are different,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before the game. “Where Tyler has lost it, at times, is letting some counts get back into hitters’ favor when he has a chance to put guys away. That’s Pitching 101.”

Skaggs took the mound in the first as good news was glowing on the out-of-town-scoreboard on the right field wall. The Minnesota Twins, who lead the race for the American League’s second wild card, lost, as did the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays. The only one of the “contenders” that won was the Baltimore Orioles.

But the Angels barely had time to digest the possibilities before Skaggs put them in a two-run hole. Skaggs threw a pitch right down the middle to Reddick, who lined it into right center. Although he stopped at first, runners who were at first and second both scored, having been moving on the 3-2 pitch.

Things got uglier in the second. Skaggs was an out away from escaping the inning, stranding runners at second and third, but he was called for a balk, pushing in a run. Alex Bregman then hit a routine grounder to third baseman Luis Valbuena, who booted it for an error, allowing another run.

Jake Marisnick hit a homer in the fourth to put the Astros up 5-1. Skaggs managed one more inning, getting to 92 pitches before his night was over.

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