- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels are searching for answers.

Jose Altuve went 4 for 5 and scored four runs to help the Houston Astros beat the Angels 10-4 on Wednesday to complete the sweep of the three-game series.

It was the second time Houston has swept Los Angeles in the last two weeks. The Astros finished the six games with 37 runs. It was Houston’s eighth straight win over their AL West rivals, extending the longest winning streak against Los Angeles in franchise history.

Houston has gone 35-20 since May 1, the third-best mark in the AL in that span.

The loss prompted Angels manager Mike Scioscia to call a team meeting.

“They took it to us, no doubt. But we didn’t do some things that we need to do, and we talked about it in there afterwards,” Scioscia said. “We need to start getting some games on our terms and winning situations early, and get some guy coming in out of the pen making pitches, and right now we’re struggling.”

The Angels, who left 12 men on base, finished the homestand 1-6 and went 8-18 over the month of June. The Angels are a season-high 15 games under .500 (32-47). It’s the fewest wins the Angels have recorded in June since 1980.

“We’re not getting the results that we normally get,” Angels closer Huston Street said. “I think every person in here is playing as hard as he can. You just go through stretches like this. We went through a month like this last year. It was August where I think we lost just as many games. You don’t enjoy them when you’re going through them. You just keep making pitches, making plays.”

Altuve, who extended his career-high on-base streak to 32 games, was a home run shy of the cycle and finished the series 8 for 14 with two RBIs and six runs. Astros manager A.J. Hinch nearly sat Altuve for the series finale after the second baseman told him he was tired the night before. But Altuve protested and got his way, saying he could rest on the team’s off day Thursday.

“He tried to give me the day off today and yesterday, but I didn’t think that was a good idea,” Altuve said. “I just said it just to try to be in the lineup.”

Jered Weaver (6-7) pitched into the sixth inning but left after giving up a one-out solo home run to George Springer. In his third loss in five starts, Weaver allowed six earned runs and seven hits, walked four and struck out three.

“I thought he was up a little bit with some of his breaking pitches, and it hurt him,” Scioscia said. “He showed some signs of making some pitches, too. There were times he was sneaky, but I think overall, he just got behind some counts and those guys found some holes.”

Dallas Keuchel (5-9) limited the Angels to three runs and six hits over six innings to win his second straight decision.

“My fastball had a lot of life on it,” Keuchel said. “I was trying to kind of figure out where I needed to start the fastball and it took me a little bit I got it under control and finished strong.”

Houston added three runs in the ninth against Street, who has given up eight runs and 12 hits in his last six appearances.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: C Geovany Soto will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake. Soto played 20 games before undergoing surgery to repair a torn right meniscus. He was placed on the 15-day DL on May 18.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Mike Fiers (5-3), who made an early exit in his last start giving up three runs, two earned, in 4 1/3 innings against the Royals, will start Friday against the White Sox. The Astros have won all five of his June starts.

Angels: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (2-4) is making his second trip to Fenway Park this season and his first with the Angels on Friday night. Chacin previously recorded a win there as a member of the Braves on April 28, but has lost three of his last four starts with Los Angeles.

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