LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Trout stole his 30th base and drove in his 100th run, and the Los Angeles Angels completed their worst season of the 21st century with an 8-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday.
Jhoulys Chacin pitched seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball for the Angels (74-88), who won nine of their final 11 games while finishing just their third losing season in 13 years.
Trout wrapped up another MVP-caliber campaign stuck on 29 homers, but he got his milestone stolen base in the first inning and an RBI single in the sixth before leaving to a standing ovation.
Despite finishing just two games off the record of last season’s playoff team, the Astros (84-78) missed the postseason for the 10th time in 11 years.
Houston’s Brady Rodgers (0-1) gave up five hits and four runs in his first big league start for his hometown team. The 26-year-old farmhand made his MLB debut last month.
Jose Altuve went 1 for 4 with a broken-bat single in the ninth inning, wrapping up his second AL batting title at .338.
Carlos Perez had a two-run double during the Angels’ four-run second inning, Kole Calhoun added a two-run double in the sixth and Jefry Marte homered in the seventh.
Chacin (4-4) finished an inconsistent year with a dominant effort in his first victory since Aug. 21.
Trout went 1 for 2 and added two walks to his Angels-record total of 116, tops in the majors. He had his second 100-RBI season.
Los Angeles finished fourth in the AL West, failing to finish in the top three for the first time since 1999.
Before the game, the Angels announced home plate umpire Bob Davidson is retiring after 28 seasons. The 64-year-old Davidson saluted the stands during a warm ovation. Davidson, who broke into the majors in 1982, is perhaps best known for his aggressive balk calls.
Astros: RF George Springer played in every game this season, although his finale was brief: He led off the game with a single and promptly left for a pinch-runner. He is the first Houston player to appear in every game since Carlos Lee in 2007. Springer led the majors with 744 plate appearances.
Angels: RHP Jered Weaver took a curtain call when he was recognized on the scoreboard. Weaver, who skipped this start with back pain, is a free agent this winter who might not return to the Angels, his only big league team for 11 seasons.
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