Josh Hamilton continued his career-long success against the Astros on Saturday night by launching the 0-2 pitch from Fields deep into the night for an Angels victory. The Astros had their chances as they banged out 14 hits, but the five runs they scored was not enough.
Following a start in which he pitched into the ninth inning, Dallas Keuchel didn't have his best stuff on Saturday night. The lefty lasted only four innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and walking three. Mark Trumbo was the big problem for Keuchel as the Angels first baseman hit a solo home run in the second and his first triple of the year in the third inning, which scored two. Credit to Keuchel, though, for getting out of a couple jams before being relieved in the fifth.
Brett Wallace started his big night with an RBI single in the third, and despite having the bases loaded and nobody out, the Astros would only get one more on a run-scoring double play off the bat of Jose Altuve.
Then in the fifth, the Astros got an opposite field two-run homer from Wallace, his tenth of the year, into the bullpen behind the left field fence. Altuve followed with a single and Chris Carter continued his solid road trip with a two-out, RBI double (certainly aided by a bad route to the ball by Colin Cowhill in right field) to give Houston a 5-4 lead.
Wallace finished the night 3-for-5 with his three RBI, while Carter went 2-for-4
Philip Humber was tabbed to relieve Keuchel in the bottom half of the fifth.
Yes, Humber is back in the bigs after a disaster of an April that led to a few months in AAA Oklahoma City. His return went well, as he allowed a run in 2.2 innings on one hit, while striking out four.
That run came in the seventh when Humber walked Mike Trout, who stole second and then scored on an Erick Aybar sharp grounder that ate up Matt Dominguez at third and rolled into left field to tie the game at 5-5.
Kevin Chapman finished the seventh cleanly, followed by a scoreless eighth from Josh Zeid and a zero in the ninth posted by Fields before surrendering the big fly in the tenth.
The Astros got runners on in the seventh and eighth but could not produce a run. L. J. Hoes appeared to lead off the ninth with a double as he was ruled safe at second on his base knock, but the call was reversed by the umpires - much to the displeasure of Astros manager Bo Porter. Houston would go quietly to finish the inning.
Every Astros starter had a hit, except Jason Castro (0-for-5). Robbie Grossman continued his recent hot streak in the leadoff spot with a 3-for-5 night (try to ignore being picked off in the seventh inning) and Hoes also finished 2-for-4.
The Astros try for the series win with Brett Oberholtzer on the hill on Sunday afternoon.