KEY MOMENT: The Angels had taken a 2-1 lead in the first inning and had the bases loaded with one out. Carlos Perez hit a sharp grounder to shortstop Marwin Gonzalez, who started an inning-ending double play.
AT THE PLATE: First baseman Chris Carter hit a two-run home run in the second inning. He has 14 home runs in 165 at-bats against the Angels. The Angels' Mike Trout had three hits, including his ninth home run, in the fifth inning. The Angels' Albert Pujols was hitless in five at-bats, ending his hitting streak at 11 games.
ON THE MOUND: Matt Shoemaker didn't make it out of the third inning for the second time in four starts. The right-hander gave up six runs and six hits. Angels relievers worked six hitless innings, striking out nine batters. Ryan Mattheus made his Angels debut, pitching the ninth inning. Left-hander Dallas Keuchel had given up only three runs in five starts this season. He gave up four runs in the first five innings Saturday, but made it to 62/3 innings for his fourth victory. The Angels are off Monday and Thursday, but Manager Mike Scioscia said he expected to keep his starting rotation as it is and not move anyone up. “There are a couple things we're looking at, but most likely we're going to give guys rest and let them recover,” Scioscia said. “Pitchers have to have some kind of normalcy even if it's impossible to get them out there every fifth day.”
IN THE FIELD: For the second consecutive night, the Astros started the game with a leadoff single. And for the second consecutive night, rookie catcher Perez erased the runner trying to steal on the next pitch. Perez has thrown our four of five runners since being called up from triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.
UP NEXT: Garrett Richards (2-1, 2.52 ERA) will oppose Houston's Scott Feldman (2-3, 5.50) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Angel Stadium. TV: FS West; Radio: 830.