Astros' Ken Giles cursed out manager for pulling him from game

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Ken Giles sent down to Astros' Triple-A affiliate after 9th inning meltdown

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

But when Giles came in during the ninth inning, the Astros had a 4-0 lead. When manager A.J. Hinch pulled him from the game, Giles muttered what looked like an expletive as he was leaving the mound.

The Athletics tied the game at 4 in the 9th inning. The Astros are recalling left-handed pitcher Cionel Perez from Double-A Corpus Christi in a corresponding move. He was taken out of the game after allowing three singles, including an RBI single, cutting into the Astros' lead, 4-1.

"I did hear about it", he said, via the Houston Chronicle. That stuff happens in the heat of battle. You can certainly understand I'll address it.

The demotion comes as Giles' poor season continues. He punched himself in the face after another bad outing. Rondon did eventually get three outs though, and the game went into extra innings.

With the Phillies, Giles struck out 151 batters in 115.2 innings, allowed just 20 earned runs over that time and finished fourth in rookie of the year voting his first season.

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