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Saturday, August 17th (All times Eastern)

Houston Astros (40-81) at LA Angels of Anaheim (54-67), 9:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Dallas Keuchel (5-7, 4.97) LA Angels - Garrett Richards (3-5, 4.04)

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim attempt to snap their five-game home losing streak as they host the Houston Astros Saturday in the middle part of a three-game set.

Chris Carter hit a three-run home run and drove in five as the Astros took an 8-2 win over the Angels to open the series on Friday. Matt Dominguez went 3- for-5 with a solo home run while L.J. Hoes also had three hits and scored a run for the Astros, who have won three of their last four.

Houston is 18-36 versus AL West rivals, but is 8-6 in 14 games against the Angels.

"I don't know why we've been playing good against them," Carter said. "We're playing loose lately and just having a lot more fun."

Carter has set career-highs in his first year with Houston after spending the first three seasons of his career with Oakland. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound outfielder has 23 home runs and 61 RBI, but his .213 batting average points out that he is limited as a contact hitter.

"Chris Carter works extremely hard," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "You may not always get the results you want, but the work ethic, you see it there. Again, it's nights like tonight that remind me why we keep putting him in here because it's power that can change any game."

Houston will have one of its most reliable pitchers on the mound on Saturday. After a brief stint as a reliever out of necessity, Dallas Keuchel returned to the rotation on Sunday. He gave up six runs on eight hits over 8 1/2 innings versus Texas, but is still 5-5 with a 4.56 ERA as a starter. He is tied for second on the team in wins.

The Angels will counter with Garrett Richards, who has been stellar in place of Joe Blanton. The 25-year old righty took a losing decision after holding the Yankees to two runs on seven hits over eight innings on Monday.

"He was our best pitcher in spring training," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "He threw the ball better than anybody we had, and I think in the bullpen, it helped him to get his power stuff in order. And now back in the rotation, he's getting length and depth. You're seeing his ability to command counts improve, and he's having a lot of success."

Richards has a 2.42 ERA in his last four starts, but he will have to deal with Carter, who is 4-for-6 with a home run and two RBI against him.

Mike Trout went 1-for-3 for the hosts on Friday to extend his hitting streak to six games. He is third in the majors with a .330 batting average, but his supporting cast hasn't been too productive. Josh Hamilton went 0-for-4 in the series opener while J.B. Shuck, Kole Calhoun and Peter Bourjos were all held hitless, too.

Houston swept the Angels in a four-game series from May 31-June 3.

08/17 10:42:58 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 13
SWB 10
 
5:05pm Tonight
ROC
DUR
 
Final
SEA 2
TOR 8
Final
HOU 10
DET 8
Final
BAL 2
MIA 5
Final
CIN 2
CLE 5
Final
OAK 7
TAM 2
Final
ANA 1
BOS 6
Final
MIL 1
ATL 2
Final
NYM 1
PIT 9
Final
PHI 1
WAS 4
Final
MIN 8
CWS 1
Final
STL 6
KAN 1
Final
CHC 3
ARI 4
Final
SDP 11
LOS 3
Final
SFG 2
COL 11
Final
TEX 5
NYY 2
1:05pm Today
KAN
NYY
 
1:10pm Today
COL
CIN
 
1:10pm Today
PHI
NYM
 
1:35pm Today
HOU
BAL
 
2:10pm Today
BOS
MIN
 
2:10pm Today
SFG
MIL
 
2:20pm Today
WAS
CHC
 
4:05pm Today
DET
OAK
 
4:10pm Today
TEX
CLE
 
4:15pm Today
ARI
STL
 
7:05pm Tonight
MIA
PIT
 
7:07pm Tonight
CWS
TOR
 
7:10pm Tonight
SEA
TAM
 
8:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
 
9:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
 
Final
ATL 111
CLE 114
9:00pm Tonight
GSW
HOU
 
Final
TAM 2
NYR 0
9:00pm Tonight
CHI
ANA
 
Final
DUR 13
SWB 10
 
5:05pm Tonight
ROC
DUR