American League Game Summary - Houston at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Saturday, July 5)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 11, Houston 5
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Albert Pujols' 511th career home run
highlighted an eight-run seventh inning, as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
rallied for an 11-5 win over the slumping Houston Astros on Saturday.
Pujols finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored and moved into a
tie with Mel Ott for 23rd place on major league baseball's all-time home run
list. David Freese and C.J. Cron also homered during the seventh, while Kole
Calhoun and Erick Aybar each posted three hits and scored a pair of runs.
Hector Santiago remained winless on the season after allowing five runs in
five innings for the Angels. Santiago's last win came 20 starts ago on Aug. 18
of last season. Michael Roth (1-0) tossed two perfect innings of relief in his
season debut to pick up the win.
Chris Carter provided most of the offense for Houston with his second grand
slam of the season. The Astros have dropped six straight.
Pujols gave the Halos an early lead, ripping a single to right to plate
Calhoun with one away in the bottom of the first.
The margin held until the top of the third, when Houston put up a five-spot
against Santiago. L.J. Hoes led off with a single to right and Jason Castro
tied the score two batters later, driving an RBI double off the wall in right
center. George Springer was then hit by a pitch and Matt Dominguez singled to
load the bases for Carter, who made it 5-1 with one swing of the bat.
Los Angeles began chipping away, cutting the deficit to 5-2 on Howie
Kendrick's opposite field poke to right that scored Aybar in the fourth.
Houston starter Scott Feldman departed after six innings, having allowed both
runs on six hits with five strikeouts.
"Feldman did a tremendous job for six innings," said Houston manager Bo
Porter. "Carter came through with a grand slam. But we were not able to escape
their big bats in the seventh. We couldn't avoid their long ball."
Anthony Bass (1-1) was handed the ball for the seventh. Freese welcomed the
26-year-old by unloading his fourth homer of the season with one away in the
frame, setting the tone for the rest of the inning. Calhoun then singled and
after Mike Trout flied out to center, Pujols put the Angels in front with his
homer to left-center.
"I was able to put a good swing on it in a key moment in the game," Pujols
said. "But I was just one of nine players that came through tonight. Any way
we can get a win is great.
Tony Sipp replaced Bass on the mound and didn't fare any better, departing
after a pair of walks that sandwiched Aybar's RBI double.
Josh Zeid came on and threw served up Cron's three-run blast. Zeid ultimately
got out of the inning by striking out Trout, but not before LA loaded the
bases, threatening to do even more damage.
Pujols crossed the plate on Kendrick's single in the bottom of the eighth for
the final run.
The Angels had a three-home run inning against the Mets on April 13. They are
the only team in the majors with multiple three-home run innings this season
... The Angels have won 12 of 15 overall and 20 of 23 at home ... Houston
rookie outfielder Domingo Santana went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. The
young Dominican has started his career with 16 hitless at-bats, striking
out 14 times ... Castro had three of Houston's eight hits.
07/06 02:21:11 ET