Jesus Guzman

Angels blast past Astros, 9-1

Angels blast past Astros, 9-1

Angels 9, Houston Astros 1

KEY MOMENT: With runners on second and third and two outs in the first inning, and hard-throwing Jarred Cosart on the mound, Howie Kendrick stroked a two-run single to right-center to give the Angels a 3-0 lead, a cushion that allowed left-hander C.J. Wilson to pitch aggressively.

AT THE PLATE: Kendrick, who added a run-scoring single to cap a three-run seventh, has eight hits in his last 19 at-bats after going hitless in his first 10 at-bats of the season. Raul Ibanez drove in a run with a fielder's choice grounder in the first and added a two-run single in the seventh. He leads the team with...

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