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

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

The Houston Astros have optioned relief pitcher Ken Giles to Class AAA Fresno, the team announced Wednesday.

Giles came in with a 4-0 lead in the top of the ninth against the A's, but allowed three straight singles to load the bases and was promptly removed for Hector Rondon. On Tuesday, Giles was seen spouting off as manager A.J. Hinch pulled him from the mound. He would go on to allow both of the inherited runners (plus another batter) to score, tying the game at 4 all.

Lefthander Cionel Perez will take Giles' spot on the roster.

"I did hear about it", Hinch told reporters. You can certainly understand I'll address it.

It wasn't Giles first outburst this season. He tallied 12 saves in 34 games pitched, but lost his role as a closer last month. When asked about it after the game, Hinch said he'd have to ask Giles if it was directed at him. He's given up 36 hits and 17 earned runs. The Cuban signed a $2 million contract with Houston in 2016 and has been sensational in Double-A, posting a 6-1 record with a 1.98 ERA and 1.11 WHIP while fanning 83 in 68.1 innings.

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