Astros send struggling Ken Giles to minors

Astros send struggling Ken Giles to minors

Ken Giles, who had 34 saves for the world champion Houston Astros last season, was sent down to Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday.

The right-hander allowed three runs without recording an out in Houston’s 6-5, extra-inning victory against Oakland on Tuesday. When manager A.J. Hinch pulled him from the game, Giles muttered what looked like an expletive as he was leaving the mound. When asked about it after the game, Hinch said he’d have to ask Giles if it was directed at him.

Giles has 12 saves but a 4.99 ERA this season after posting a 2.30 ERA in 2017.

Giles’ troubles date back to the playoffs last season. He went 0-2 with a 11.74 ERA in 7⅔ innings. He allowed five earned runs in 1⅔ innings in the World Series against the Dodgers.

The Astros recalled left-hander Cionel Perez from Double A Corpus Christi Wednesday.

Brad Peacock and Chris Devenski figure to get most of the save opportunities going forward for Houston, but the Astros also have Will Harris, Hector Rondon and Joe Smith in the bullpen. All have closed out games.

The Astros were 30 games over .500 and had a four-game lead in the American League West entering Wednesday’s play.