Houston (30-40) at Los Angeles (45-26)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Jun 19, 2007
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After a record-setting performance by Chone Figgins, the Los Angeles Angels continue a three-game interleague series with the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Figgins had six hits and drove in three runs in the Angels’ come-from-behind 10-9 win over the Astros (30-40) on Monday. Los Angeles (45-26) blew an early 4-1 lead and fell behind by five runs in the seventh inning, but the Angels rallied back.

Figgins capped a five-run seventh inning with an RBI single to tie the game. He then drove in the game-winning run with a triple with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

It was the first time a player finished with six hits in a nine-inning game since Seattle’s Raul Ibanez did so on Sept. 22, 2004 in Anaheim. Figgins also tied the franchise record for hits in a game set by Garret Anderson in 1996.

“This is one of those special games,” said Figgins, who raised his batting average 26 points to .284. “You can’t explain it. You just stay within yourself. The thing about it was that the game was close, so it made you concentrate even more to get a hit. I don’t think I ever did that in a video game, much less in a professional game.”

The win was the fifth in the last six games for the Angels, who are percentage points behind the Boston Red Sox for the best record in the majors.

After receiving a shaky outing on Monday from starter John Lackey, who lasted only 4 2-3 innings, the Angels hope for a better start Tuesday from Bartolo Colon (6-2, 5.73 ERA).

Colon escaped with the win in his last start despite allowing five runs - four earned - and seven hits in six innings against the Cincinnati Reds. He gave up two homers but struck out seven in the 9-7 win.

The right-hander missed his start on June 2 because of soreness in his triceps and only went four innings on June 8.

Colon is 3-1 with a 2.34 ERA in five career starts against the Astros, although he hasn’t faced them since 2002.

The Astros will counter with Jason Jennings (0-1, 3.18), who makes only his seventh start this season. Jennings did not pitch between April 8 and May 29 due to tendinitis in his throwing elbow.

Jennings struggled early on Thursday in his start against the Oakland Athletics, and he was pulled after four innings and 74 pitches, having allowed three runs and five hits in the 6-5, 11-inning loss. The right-hander said he felt some discomfort in his elbow after he threw 97 pitches against the Chicago White Sox on May 9, which led to the team setting a pitch count.

“I’m kind of going through spring training right now and building arm strength,” he told the team’s official Web site. “It’s part of me trying to get back in game shape.”

Jennings has made one start against the Angels, not getting a decision after allowing two runs and four hits in seven innings of a 5-4 win on June 26, 2006 with Colorado.

Houston’s Mike Lamb continued his hot hitting on Monday, finishing 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in the fifth. He is hitting .650 (13-for-20) in the last five games.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Jennings Oak vs. B. Colón NYM
2-9 Record 6-8
6.45 ERA 6.34
71 K 76
34 BB 29
1.55 WHIP 1.62

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Tuesday, Jun 19