Angels 6, Astros 5

The SportsXchange

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Josh Hamilton's one-out home run in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros Saturday night at Angel Stadium.

The home run was Hamilton's 18th of the season and came off Astros reliever Josh Fields (1-3). Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri (1-4) pitched two scoreless innings to get the victory.

Neither starting pitcher -- the Angels' Garrett Richards and the Astros' Dallas Keuchel -- could hold a lead in the early innings, and neither figured in the decision. Richards gave up five runs on 12 hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking none. Keuchel didn't last as long, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks in just four innings.

Mark Trumbo keyed the Angels offense early with a solo home run (No. 27) and a two-run triple as the Angels took a 4-2 lead into the fifth. But Houston's Brett Wallace, who already had two hits and an RBI in his first two at-bats, hit a two-run homer in the fifth to tie the game. Chris Carter's RBI double gave the Astros a 5-4 lead later in the inning,

The lead held up until the seventh, when Mike Trout walked, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Erick Aybar, tying the game at 5.

The Astros appeared poised to take the lead in the ninth after L.J. Hoes led off with a double to right field. Replays showed that Aybar appeared to graze the back of Hoes' jersey with a tag at second base after receiving the throw from Collin Cowgill in right field. Angels manager Mike Scioscia came out to argue with second base umpire Eric Cooper and quickly convinced the umpiring crew to huddle.

After a couple minutes, the call was reversed, Hoes was called out and Astros manager Bo Porter argued for several minutes to no avail.

Trumbo's home run leading off the second inning gave the Angels a 1-0 lead, but the Astros responded in the top of the third with two runs. They got four consecutive singles to start the inning, with Wallace's driving in the team's first run. The second scored when Jose Altuve grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, giving the Astros a 2-1 lead.

NOTES: Angels INF Grant Green went into the game hitting .433 (13 for 30) since being traded to the Angels from Oakland for INF Alberto Callaspo on July 30. Green spent his first week in the organization at Class AAA Salt Lake before joining the Angels Aug. 6. ... Angels RHP Kevin Jepsen's right hand was fine Saturday, one day after being hit by a line drive off the bat of the Astros' Chris Carter. Jepsen, who had to leave Friday's game, was diagnosed with a bruise. ... Astros 1B/DH Chris Carter went into the game with 160 strikeouts this season, most in the American League. He has already set an Astros' single-season record, topping the previous record of 145, set by Lee May in 1972. ... Astros OF Robbie Grossman went into the game hitting .338 (24 for 71) since being called up from Class AAA Oklahoma City on July 27. He hit .198 in his first 28 games of the season in April and May before being sent down to Oklahoma City for the next two months.
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