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Sunday, September 15th (All times Eastern)

LA Angels of Anaheim (71-77) at Houston Astros (51-97), 2:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Jerome Williams (7-10, 4.81) Houston - Paul Clemens (4-4, 5.91)

(Sports Network) - Jerome Williams shoots for his third straight win on Sunday when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim finish off a three-game series with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Williams had gone 15 games without a win, but has emerged victorious in his last two trips to the hill. He was helped out by his offense on Tuesday in Toronto, as he allowed six runs and nine hits over five innings. The Angels scored 12 runs, though, and Williams improved to 7-10 to go along with a 4.81 ERA.

"He just didn't look like he was able to get his sinker where he wanted to and struggled through five innings," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Houston, meanwhile, will counter with righty Paul Clemens, who is 4-4 with a 5.91 ERA. Clemens hasn't pitched since Sept. 2 when he received a no-decision against Minnesota, which reached him for four runs (3 earned) in just 3 2/3 innings. He has made three relief appearances against the Halos and has pitched to a 7.36 ERA in those outings without recording a decision.

"It's tough," Clemens said. "I pride myself on staying away from that DL and missing time. ... But instead of missing three or four starts, go ahead and miss one and hopefully finish the season."

On Saturday, Chris Iannetta homered and drove in two runs for Los Angeles in a 6-2 win.

Howie Kendrick and Kole Calhoun each brought in a run in the fourth for Angels starter Jered Weaver (10-8), who tossed six innings and surrendered only two runs across six hits with five strikeouts for the Angels, who have won four of their last five games..

Brett Wallace's homer accounted for Houston's only two runs, while Brett Oberholtzer (4-3) was reached for four runs on six hits over six innings for the Astros, who had a four-game winning streak stopped.

"You look at his body of work, he did pretty good job of getting the game to the sixth inning," Houston manager Bo Porter said of his starter. "He just didn't look like he had that pinpoint command, that late life that we had seen in a lot of his previous starts."

Houston has won 10 of its 18 games with the Angels this season.

09/15 10:22:26 ET

TV
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UNC 78
UCLA 56
4th
TEXAM 10
LSU 20
 
4th
TEX 10
TCU 27
 
Final
TENN 64
SCU 57
Final
RMU 71
LAMON 54
Final
BUT 46
OKLA 59
Final
BRO 58
PEAY 79
Final
UTEP 62
PRIN 56
Final
CHAT 78
CCAR 67
Final
RIU 60
KU 76
Final
USCU 68
FIU 53
Final
GEOR 65
WISC 68
Final
USB 73
LIU 54
Final
XAV 82
SDU 71
Final
INDST 62
ILL 88
Final
WRST 62
CSFU 67
Final
STJOE 59
WKENT 62
Final
RIDE 45
MSU 77
Final
UNC 78
UCLA 56
2nd
WMICH 55
LBSU 71
 
2nd
GT 49
MARQ 56
 
2nd
PVU 28
STEPH 39
 
Half
MERC 33
RICE 28
 
Half
UF 27
UAB 22
 
11:00pm Tonight
WASH
SJST
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MEM
BAY
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UCSB
WASU
3rd
NAS 0
EDM 0
 
Final
DET 34
CHI 17
Final
DAL 10
PHI 33
3rd
SFX 0
SEA 16