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Saturday, June 1st (All times Eastern)

Houston Astros (18-37) at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (25-30), 10:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Bud Norris (4-4, 3.71) Los Angeles - Jerome Williams (4-1, 2.58)

(Sports Network) - In the second game of an American League West divisional weekend series the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will square off once again with the Houston Astros.

It was the Astros who picked up a rare win in Friday night's series opener as they earned a 6-3 win behind a strong pitching performance from Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel allowed just two runs on six hits over seven innings of work and Jason Veras pitched a scoreless ninth inning to capture his ninth save.

Carlos Pena went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Jason Castro belted his seventh home run of the season to lead the Astros to a season-high tying third-straight victory.

Tommy Hanson took the loss for the Angels allowing five runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings pitched.

Erick Aybar went 2-for-4 and hit his first home run of the season but the Angels had only seven hits as a team as they lost for the third time in the last five games.

On Saturday it will be Bud Norris that takes to the mound for Houston as he makes his 12th start of the season.

It is difficult to call a pitcher with a 4-4 record and an ERA of 3.71 an ace but on the Houston staff that is just what Norris is. In fact Norris is the only starter on the team with an ERA below 4.50 and one of only two with an ERA below 5.30. Norris is also second on the team in innings pitched (63) and strikeouts (38).

Norris has done a good job of rebounding from his worst start of the season on May 13 when he allowed a season-high seven runs in a 7-2 loss to Detroit. In the two starts since Norris has allowed just two runs over 13 innings of work though he has not factored in either decision.

During a career that has covered just five years so far, Norris has faced the Angels twice. Norris has been dominant in those two previous outings as he is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.60 in those contests including an eight-inning, one-run effort earlier this season.

Journeyman reliever and spot starter Jerome Williams will be getting the nod for the Angels on Saturday.

Williams began the season out of the bullpen but was pressed into a starting role due to injuries to the Los Angeles rotation. After his first eight appearances all came out of the bullpen, Williams last five have all been starts.

As a starter this season Williams is 3-1 with an ERA of 3.19 while overall this season he is 4-1 with an ERA of 2,58, which at the moment, though it is still quite early, is well below is career average (4.15).

Williams will be on a bit of extra rest for this contest with his last outing coming last Sunday when he earned his third-straight victory while allowing just two runs on seven hits in six innings against Kansas City.

Against Houston, a team he faced a bit more frequently earlier in his career when he pitched for the Cubs and the Giants, Williams is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in four total appearances, though this will be his first this season.

The Astros now lead the season series 4-3.

06/01 10:25:23 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 8
GWI 6
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
GWI
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
Final
BAL 5
BOS 7
Final
NYY 6
NYM 1
Final
DET 1
CLE 13
Final
CIN 3
CHC 7
Final
TAM 12
TOR 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 2
9th
CWS 2
KAN 2
 
Final
MIL 0
STL 3
Final
COL 6
SFG 4
Final
ARI 1
PIT 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 5
Final
ANA 3
TEX 2
Final
SDP 0
LOS 3
Final
SEA 2
MIN 0
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
CIN
CHC
 
2:10pm Today
CWS
KAN
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
 
4:05pm Today
NYY
NYM
 
4:10pm Today
MIA
WAS
 
6:10pm Tonight
TAM
TOR
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
BOS
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIL
STL
 
8:10pm Tonight
ARI
PIT
 
8:10pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
8:40pm Tonight
SDP
LOS
 
9:05pm Tonight
ANA
TEX
 
9:10pm Tonight
SEA
MIN
 
Final
DAL 128
HOU 130
Final
WAS 106
TOR 99
Final
SAN 100
LAC 73
3:00pm Today
BRK
ATL
 
5:30pm Tonight
MIL
CHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
GSW
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
MEM
 
Final
MON 1
OTT 5
Final
NYR 2
PIT 1
Final
STL 1
MIN 4
3:00pm Today
NYI
WAS
 
6:00pm Tonight
TAM
DET
 
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
NAS
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
VAN
 
Final
DUR 8
GWI 6
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
GWI