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Skaggs, Angels top Astros
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Skaggs tossed eight innings to help the LA Angels of Anaheim to a 5-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday.
Skaggs (1-0) gave up four hits and an unearned run along with a walk and five strikeouts. Josh Hamilton homered for a second straight game as the Angels have taken the first two of this set after getting swept by Seattle to start the season.
Dallas Keuchel (0-1) gave up four runs on eight hits over five innings for the Astros, who have lost three straight after opening the season with a pair of wins over the Yankees.
Houston grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Jose Altuve singled with two outs, stole second and came home after Jesus Guzman reached base thanks to a bad play from John McDonald.
The Angels, though, got the run back in the second after David Freese singled to start the inning and later came home on a Howie Kendrick double.
In the fifth, the Angels went on top with a three-run frame. Collin Cowgill led off with a double and came home three batters later on a Freese single. Hamilton followed with his second home run in as many days for a 4-1 advantage.
Los Angeles padded its lead in the eighth as Erick Aybar led off the frame with a triple and scored two batters later on Kole Calhoun's single to left to make it a 5-1 game.
Joe Smith pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the contest.
Jered Weaver pitches for the Angels on Sunday and will be opposed by Scott Feldman for Houston ... The Angels were just 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left 12 on base.
04/05 22:31:54 ET