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Astros 7, Angels 5

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Matt Dominguez's three-run home run in the seventh inning snapped a 3-3 tie and lifted the Houston Astros to a 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium.

Dominguez's home run was one of four hit by both teams on a day the ball carried well. L.J. Hoes homered for the Astros while Josh Hamilton and Mark Trumbo homered for the Angels.

With the win, the Astros won two of three in the series and now have won six of their last seven games in Anaheim. Overall, they have beaten the Angels in nine of 16 contests this season, their first in the American League West.

Both starting pitchers -- the Astros' Brett Oberholtzer and the Angels' Jason Vargas -- left with the game tied at 3-3 and didn't figure in the decision. Jordan Lyles (6-6), initially slated to start Monday's game against the Rangers, instead pitched two innings of relief and got the win despite giving up a two-run homer to Trumbo. Kevin Chapman got the final two outs in the ninth for his first save.

Angels reliever J.C. Gutierrez (0-4) yielded Dominguez's decisive home run and got the loss.

Angels center fielder Mike Trout had two hits in the game before leaving after the fifth inning because of a tight right hamstring.

The Astros jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, getting a solo home run from Hoes in the first inning before scoring twice in the second against Vargas. An RBI double by Robbie Grossman was the big blow in the inning.

The Angels, though, rallied against Oberholtzer with single runs in the second, third and fourth. Hamilton tripled and scored on Chris Nelson's sacrifice fly in the second. Trout doubled and scored on Trumbo's single in the third. Hamilton hit a solo homer in the fourth, tying the score at 3.

NOTES: Hoes was hitting .304 (17-for-56) in 15 games with the Astros since he was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade deadline deal for RHP Bud Norris. Hoes homered in his first at-bat, extending his hitting streak to five games. ... Astros 1B Brett Wallace was not in the starting lineup, getting a day off with the Angels starting LHP Vargas. Wallace is hitting .116 (5 for 43) with 22 strikeouts against lefties this season. ... Angels CF Peter Bourjos was not in the starting lineup, getting a day off. Bourjos, who missed 39 games with a broken bone in his right wrist, returned from the disabled list on Aug. 16 and went 0-for-8 in his first two games back. ... Angels 2B Howie Kendrick continues to make progress in his recovery from a sprained left knee that he suffered during a collision with RF Collin Cowgill on Aug. 9. But there is still no timetable for his return. Kendrick ranks second on the team with 126 hits.
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