HOUSTON — The
Their pitching was a different story.
The Angels finished with 12 hits, but Houston tagged Angels starter
“This is one of the most unusual nights we've had in the last three weeks,” Angels Manager
The Astros trailed by a run entering the fifth, when
"They were able to manufacture runs even though the balls weren't exactly driven," Vargas said. "They were able to capitalize and do what it takes to put some runs across the plate. There's really nothing else I could do about that."
Dominguez's grand slam, off reliever Cory Rasmus, was definitely well-driven; his 20th homer of the season went to left field and extended the lead to 9-4.
Dallas Keuchel (6-9) yielded 10 hits and six runs, but tied his career high by striking out nine in 52/3 innings for his first win since July 27.
A pair of walks and a single by
"We did a lot of good things and had a lot of opportunities," Scioscia said. "[Houston] got a couple double-play balls to get out of some jams and minimize some damage, and on our side we couldn't do the same."
In his first game back from the disabled list,
Astros right fielder L.J. Hoes singled in the bottom of the third before a one-out single by Brandon Barnes. Altuve launched his fifth homer to left field to give Houston a 3-2 lead.
Iannetta sent the first pitch of the fourth inning into the seats in left field to tie it at 3-3.
Cody Clark started the Astros' fifth with a single — the first hit of his major league career. Clint Barnes singled and Altuve loaded the bases with a one-out single. The single by Crowe put Houston on top 5-4 before Vargas plunked
Dominguez, a former first-round draft pick from Chatsworth High, hit Rasmus' first pitch over the left-field fence, and it was 9-4.