American League Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Houston|
(Thursday, May 9th)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 6, Houston 5
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Alberto Callaspo's go-ahead sacrifice fly in
the eighth proved to be the difference, as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
edged the Houston Astros, 6-5, to salvage the finale of a three-game set
Thursday at Minute Maid Park.
Mark Trumbo tied the game with a two-run double in the eighth, while Josh
Hamilton and Brendan Harris each added a solo shot for the Angels, who played
the final two-plus innings under protest after the Astros made an illegal
pitching change with two outs in the seventh. The protest was dropped since
the Angels ended up with the win, which snapped a four-game skid.
Garrett Richards (2-3) recorded the victory with a scoreless seventh before
Ernesto Frieri retired the final five hitters in order to secure his fifth
Matt Dominguez collected three RBI in the setback, while Brandon Barnes and
Chris Carter each knocked in a run for the Astros, who have lost seven of
their last nine games, despite taking the first two games of this set.
Hector Ambriz (0-2) absorbed the loss after giving up three runs in the
Dominguez broke a 3-3 tie with a two-out, two-run single in the sixth before
the Angels put two on in the seventh when Howie Kendrick slapped a one-out
single and Chris Iannetta worked a two-out walk.
With left-handed hitter J.B. Shuck due up, Houston manager Bo Porter summoned
southpaw Wesley Wright from the bullpen. As Wright warmed up on the mound,
pinch-hitter Luis Jimenez, a right-handed batter, stepped into the on-deck
Porter then called for the righty Ambriz, despite Wright not throwing a
pitch, which is illegal according to rule 3.05 (b) of the MLB rule book which
states that a pitcher must face at least one hitter before he can come out of
"If you pinch-hit for that batter, you now have the right to bring in another
pitcher," Porter said. "(Angels manager Mike Scioscia) pinch-hit for the
batter, which my understanding of the rule means you can now bring in another
pitcher to face the pinch-hitter."
Scioscia adamantly argued the call to no avail, as the umpires allowed
Ambriz to enter the game. Scioscia then informed the umpires that the Angels
would be playing the remainder of the contest under protest.
"My contention was that the pitcher had to face one batter," Scioscia said. "I
protested. We're happy we won. I think the rule is pretty clear."
When play resumed, Ambriz flied out pinch-hitter Scott Cousins to escape the
jam, but quickly loaded the bases in the eighth, as he served up a leadoff
single to Harris before issuing consecutive walks to Mike Trout and Albert
Trumbo then slapped a double down the right-field line to plate a pair and tie
the game at 5-5. Travis Blackley took over on the mound and grounded out
Hamilton before intentionally walking Kendrick to load the bases.
Callaspo then belted a fly ball to left-center field that Barnes made a
sliding catch on at the warning track, but Pujols was able to trot home from
third for the deciding run.
LA opened the scoring in the second when Hamilton led off with his second
homer in as many days to give the Halos a 1-0 lead, but Dominguez answered
with a two-out, RBI single in the bottom half to knot the game.
Callaspo's bases-loaded sac fly restored LA's one-run lead in the third before
Carter clubbed a run-scoring single in the fourth to bring the Astros even.
Houston took its first lead of the game in the fifth on Barnes' one-out single
to right that scored Ronny Cedeno, who doubled to start the frame.
Harris responded in the sixth with a leadoff blast to left-center field to tie
the game at 3-3.
LA reliever Scott Downs left the game in the eighth inning with a right foot
injury, while shortstop Erick Aybar exited in the fourth with right hamstring
tightness ... All four of Hamilton's homers this season have come against the
Astros ... Los Angeles dropped a series to Houston for the first time since
2004 ... Houston starter Lucas Harrell allowed two runs -- one earned -- on
four hits and six walks over five frames ... LA starter Jason Vargas was
tagged for five runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out seven over 5
05/10 02:33:33 ET