Astros' Dominguez makes Angels pay

Joe Haakenson, The Sports Xchange

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- No hard feelings, Matt Dominguez promised.

Dominguez hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to lift the Houston Astros to a 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium.

The decisive blow came immediately after the Angels walked Carlos Corporan to pitch to Dominguez.

"Yeah, it feels good," Dominguez said. "They had confidence they could get me out more than they had with Carlos so that's how baseball is. No hard feelings. Just trying to go up and do what I can and I got a pitch to hit."

The score was tied 3-3 in the seventh, and the Astros had a runner on second with two out. Corporan, a switch hitter, was due up to face Angels' right-handed reliever J.C. Gutierrez.

"Where J.C. was with his breaking ball, we liked matching up a little bit better there," Angels manager Mike Scioscia explained. "And he's also got a chance to get a fastball in a good location to Dominguez. There's a lot of things he could do. Corporan probably shows a little more power from the left side, but when you hang a slider, all that strategy flies out the window."

Dominguez's home run was one of four homers 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've beaten the Angels in nine of 16 contests this season, their first in the American League West.

"You have to tip your cap to Houston," Scioscia said. "They played us tough all year; they played us tough in this series."

Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer (3-1) gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings to earn the win. Gutierrez (0-4) got the loss in relief of starter Jason Vargas, who pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs and seven hits.

Dominguez (four hits) and Hoes (three hits) combined for seven of the Astros' 12 hits in the game.

And if things weren't bad enough for the Angels, center fielder Mike Trout had two hits before leaving after the fifth inning because of a tight right hamstring. Trout said his hamstring tightened up when running out a double in the third inning but he didn't say anything initially. After batting in the fifth, he told Scioscia, who took Trout out of the game.

"Out of the box, came around first, didn't really feel anything until I got to second base," Trout said. "Just a little tightness in my hamstring. We'll see how it is (Monday)."

Trout was asked if it got worse as he tried to play through it.

"No, I just didn't want it to get worse," he said. "It was one of those things when I didn't want to push it too much. ... This isn't anything serious. It's not like it popped or anything. No pop. Just a little grabbing. We'll see how it feels (Monday)."

The Astros jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, getting a solo home run from Hoes in the first inning before knocking Vargas around for two runs and five hits in the second inning, when Robbie Grossman had an RBI double.

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

NOTES: Hoes went 3-for-4 with a home run and is now hitting .333 (20 for 60) in 16 games with the Astros since he was acquired from the Orioles in the trading deadline deal for RHP Bud Norris. With the home run in his first at-bat, he extended his hitting streak to five games. ... Astros 1B Brett Wallace was not in the starting lineup, getting a day off with the Angels starting the lefty 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, just getting a day off. Bourjos, who missed 39 games with a broken bone in his right wrist, returned from the disabled list 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, 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.