American League Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Houston|
(Wednesday, May 8th)
Final Score: Houston 3, LA Angels of Anaheim 1
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Bud Norris tossed eight-plus innings of one-run
ball as the Houston Astros downed the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim,
3-1, on Wednesday in the second test of a three-game set from Minute Maid
Marwin Gonzalez and Jimmy Paredes each recorded two hits with RBI doubles,
while Chris Carter clubbed a solo homer to help the Astros capture their first
series win over the Angels since 2004, when they took two of three from June
18-20 of that year.
Norris (4-3) gave up nine hits, but limited the damage by forcing three double
plays. The Angels hit into four for the contest, with Howie Kendrick capping
the disappointing effort by grounding into one with the bases loaded to end
Josh Hamilton's solo homer tallied Los Angeles' only run, with the team losing
its fourth straight game and ninth in its last 11. The Angels (11-22) are just
1 1/2 games ahead of Houston for last in the AL West.
"It's not who you're playing or where you're playing; it's how you're
playing," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "And right now, we're not doing
enough things well to set the game up on our terms and give ourselves the
margin of error you need when you don't get a break."
Joe Blanton (0-6) was charged for all three runs on eight hits over 6 2/3
Matt Dominguez's shot off the top of the right field wall with one out in the
third was reviewed before being ruled a double, and Gonzalez and Paredes soon
followed with two-baggers of their own to give Houston a 2-0 edge.
Carter led off the home fifth with a solo homer to left to help the Astros to
a three-run lead.
The Angels were unable to get out of their own way. Mike Trout hit into a
double play in the first, Mark Trumbo was caught stealing second in the fourth
and Chris Iannetta hit into an inning ending double play in the fifth.
Hamilton pulled the Angels within 3-1 after reaching Norris for a homer into
left field in the seventh, but Los Angeles hit into double plays the next two
The Angels looked like they were finally going to break through off Norris
when Trout and Albert Pujols led off the ninth with singles.
The Astros called upon closer Jose Veras and he struck out Trumbo before
plunking Hamilton to load the bases. Veras needed just one more pitch though
to record his fourth save of the season, as Kendrick grounded into the game-
ending double play.
"When guys like that throw that good, you have to find a way to get it done
because they deserve it to get that win," said Veras.
The victory is only Houston's third in its last 13 games ... The Astros
captured their third series victory of the season ... Los Angeles went 0-for-5
with runners in scoring position.
05/09 03:38:00 ET