HOUSTON — Joe Blanton delivered his third straight quality start, and the
Blanton, who was in danger of losing his rotation spot three weeks ago, gave up two runs and three hits in seven innings at
The right-hander has given up five earned runs in 21 innings of his last three games and finished June with 40 strikeouts, the most he's had in any month of his nine-year career.
The only damper on the afternoon for the Angels was another injury to center fielder
Bourjos, who is batting .326 in 40 games, returned to the starting lineup Saturday for the first time since suffering a bruised left thumb sliding into second base against Pittsburgh last Sunday. He also missed 40 games in May and June because of a left hamstring strain.
Hamilton walked to load the bases, and
The Angels extended the lead to 5-0 on Kendrick's homer to right in the fifth, the second baseman's ninth homer of the season and first since June 5.
The Astros cut the lead to 5-2 in the seventh when