Porter says Carter's power 'can change any game'
Angels Stadium is like a home-away-from-home for the Astros, who picked up another win over the Angels on Friday in Anaheim. A four-run ninth-inning, highlighted by Chris Carter’s three-run home run and a Matt Dominguez homer, and another strong start from Brad Peacock paved the way for an 8-2 win. In their previous trip to Anaheim, the Astros swept the Angles in a four-game series May 31-June 3. The Astros have won three of their first four games on the road trip.
It was a stellar outing from Peacock (2-4), who was making his third start with the Astros since being recalled from Oklahoma City. Both runs Peacock allowed were unearned as the right-hander lowered his ERA to 1.86 over his last three starts. Peacock, who displayed a great slider, gave up only four hits in 6 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and two walks.
Angels starter Jerome Williams (5-9) remains winless since June 12. A high pitch count and a stressful fifth inning got to Williams, who pitched only 4 1/3 innings. After walking Jason Castro with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Williams exited trailing 2-0 with one out. The right-hander allowed three runs and five hits with five strikeouts and four walks.
IN THE BULLPEN
Rookie Josh Zeid entered in a tough situation in the seventh and got the job done, inducing his first batter Peter Bourjos to hit into a 5-4-3 inning-ending double play, preserving a 4-2 lead. Kevin Chapman got Josh Hamilton, who was the tying run, to fly out to right to end the eighth inning.
AT THE PLATE
Back-to-back homers from Carter, who had a career-high five RBIs, and Dominguez in the ninth inning off Joe Blanton iced the game for the Astros, who had 13 hits. Dominguez has been involved in three of the Astros’ four back-to-back home-run scenarios this season.
The Astros had four hits in the four-run ninth inning and two three-hit innings, scoring three runs in the fifth and one in the seventh. Dominguez and L.J. Hoes, who had a double and triple, had three hits each and Robbie Grossman had two hits. Castro’s career-high 12-game hit streak ended, but the Houston catcher walked three times.
The Astros strung together three straight hits to open the fifth and take a 3-0 lead. Hoes opened the inning with a double to right, and scored on a single from Grossman. The Astros took a 2-0 lead on Castro’s 10-pitch bases-loaded walk that scored Jonathan Villar. Carter’s sacrifice fly scored Grossman to make it 3-0.
Carter’s two-out single in the seventh scored Brett Wallace, who led off with a double to right, upping the lead to 4-1. Carter’s three-run homer in the ninth was the big blow.
The Angels made it 3-1 in the fifth as Hank Conger’s groundout scored Erik Aybar, who led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on second baseman Jose Altuve’s throwing error. In the seventh inning, Grant Green’s single scored Chris Nelson to make it 4-2.
Mike Trout walked in the sixth inning to reach base safely for the 38th straight game, the longest active streak in the majors. Trout added a single in the eighth inning.
Twice Hamilton came up as the tying run with Trout on base, and twice Hamilton made an out. In the sixth, Peacock got Hamilton to fly out to right, and in the eighth, left-hander Chapman got the left-handed hitting Hamilton to pop up to shortstop Villar, who was shifted over at second base. Hamilton, who was 0-for-4, made the third out in his last three at-bats.
IN THE FIELD
Third baseman Dominguez started a 5-4-3 double play to end the seventh inning with the Astros up 4-2. The Angels had runners on the corners and Dominguez field a hot shot from Bourjos, and quickly fired to second to Altuve, who made a quick throw to Brett Wallace at first base.
Wallace made an outstanding catch on a play that didn’t count, catching a pop fly in the Astros dugout on a ball hit by Bourjos in the third inning. Wallace went down the dugout steps but a player has to have at least one foot in the field of play. Peacock then struck out Bourjos for the second out.
Trout took a home run bid away from Brandon Barnes for the second out in the second inning, jumping and reaching over the short wall in left to make the catch.
Game 2 of the three-game series continues on Saturday with LHP Dallas Keuchel (5-7, 4.97 ERA) going for Houston vs. RHP Garrett Richards (3-5, 4.04 ERA). Keuchel last faced the Angels in a start on May 31 in Anaheim, going seven innings while allowing only two runs and six hits with four strikeouts.
In Sunday’s series finale, LHP Brett Oberholtzer (2-1, 2.57 ERA) opposes Angels LHP Jason Vargas (6-5, 3.86 ERA).