American League Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Houston|
(Saturday, June 29th)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 7, Houston 2
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Home runs from Howie Kendrick and Chris
Iannetta helped power the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a 7-2 victory over
the Houston Astros on Saturday.
The Angels' offense provided plenty of run support for struggling starter Joe
Blanton (2-10), who spun seven solid innings while giving up three hits and
two runs. He surrendered two walks and struck out six Houston batters.
Houston starter Jordan Lyles (4-3) hit two batters and gave up four runs in
the fourth inning before exiting the game. Lyles had won his previous two
starts against the Angles this season.
"The fourth inning I think I just kind of backed off a little bit and started
aiming a little bit with the fastball," Lyles admitted of his struggles.
Angels' center fielder Peter Bourjos left the game with a right wrist
contusion after getting hit by Lyles. He was later taken for x-rays.
Houston's only runs came on Brett Wallace's first home run of the season -- a
two-run blast to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Iannetta extended the lead with a two-run shot to right in the top of the
eighth inning to account for the final margin.
Mark Trumbo sparked the Angels' offense with a leadoff single in the fourth.
Lyles hit Kendrick with a pitch, then walked Josh Hamilton to load the bases.
Alberto Callaspo hit a two-run single scoring Trumbo and Kendrick. After
Iannetta flied out, Lyles hit Bourjos on the right hand to load the bases
again. Erick Aybar knocked in Hamilton and Callaspo with a single to right for
a 4-0 lead.
Hamilton made two great catches at the right-field wall -- one in the fourth
and another in the seventh -- to rob the Astros of two home runs.
"Any time the outfield makes diving plays, makes plays up against the wall or
anything like that, it's a huge boost," Blanton said. "It's kind of a stolen
out because most of the time those are hits."
Blanton was perfect through three innings until Jose Altuve gave Houston
its first hit with a one-out double to left field in the fourth. Altuve
advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Houston's offense failed to push him
Iannetta's eighth-inning home run was followed by a shut-down inning from
reliever Dane De La Rosa, who retired the Astros in order and recorded two
Garrett Richards worked around a one-out single in the ninth to secure the
Blanton earned his first win since May 23 against Kansas City ... The Angels
picked up their sixth straight road win ... Houston went 0-for-4 with runners
in scoring position and left four runners on base.
06/29 23:43:00 ET