American League Game Summary - Houston at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Sunday, April 14th)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 4, Houston 1
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Josh Hamilton collected three RBI and finished
a double shy of the cycle as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slipped past
the Houston Astros, 4-1, on Sunday in the finale of a three-game set at Angel
Mike Trout stroked a solo homer and scored three times for the Angels,
while starter C.J. Wilson (1-0) held Houston to one run on five hits and
four walks over six solid innings.
"I had confidence today with all my pitches," Wilson remarked. "I had extra in
the tank. I had the strength to throw a lot of pitches. I was able to keep
them off balance."
Ernesto Frieri recorded the final out of the eighth and worked around a two-
out single in the ninth to nail down his second save of the season for the
Angels, who have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Philip Humber (0-3) was a hard-luck loser, as the Houston right-hander gave up
two runs and scattered seven hits and walked just one over seven strong
"Humber was outstanding," Astros manager Bo Porter said of his starter. "He
was efficient with his pitches."
Matt Dominguez's run-scoring double in the second accounted for the lone run
for the Astros, who had won three straight before dropping the final two games
of the series.
"We got men on base, we were just not able to execute," Porter added.
The Angels struck first in the opening frame, as Trout scorched a one-out
double, moved to third on an Albert Pujols ground out, and then crossed the
plate on Hamilton's single to give the Halos a 1-0 edge.
Houston pulled even in the second when Dominguez followed Ronny Cedeno's
leadoff double with a two-bagger of his own, but the Angels jumped back in
front in the third after Trout launched a solo shot over the wall in right-
The Astros nearly pulled even in the sixth, when Carlos Pena worked a one-out
walk and Carlos Corporan followed with a single to center before moving to
second on the throw to put runners at second and third.
Cedeno then laid down a suicide-squeeze, but Wilson recovered the bunt and
flipped to catcher Hank Conger, who applied the tag on Pena running from third
to keep the Astros from tying the game.
Wilson escaped the inning unscathed by getting Dominguez to fly out.
Sean Burnett took over for the Halos in the seventh and retired the Astros in
order before Scott Downs ran into trouble in the eighth, when he issued a one-
out walk to Chris Carter and then served up a two-out single to Corporan to
put the tying run on second.
Frieri then entered and fanned pinch-hitter Jason Castro to escape the mild
Hamilton provided Frieri with some breathing room in the bottom half, as the
Los Angeles slugger launched a two-run blast over the wall in left-center
field for his second homer in as many games to give the Angels a 4-1
Frieri fanned the side in the ninth despite issuing a two-out single to Jose
Houston went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base
... The Angels open a three-game set in Minnesota on Monday ... Houston heads
to Oakland for a three-game set beginning on Monday.
04/14 20:04:22 ET