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|L.A. Angels (2-8)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||2|
Norris pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, Rick Ankiel drove in three runs and Justin Maxwell hit his first home run of the season, leading the Astros to a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday in their first meeting as AL West rivals.
"I've had those kind of starts before in my career and I know I've got more left in me," Norris said. "It's not like anything changes. You try to do it every time and it's not necessarily going to go down that way."
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Norris (2-1) struck out five and walked two in his 100th big league start, helping the Astros win their third in a row after six straight losses.
Rookie manager Bo Porter used three relievers in the ninth to clinch the combined four-hitter.
"This guy's a No. 1 starter and he's pitched a lot of big games," Porter said. "I think his best years are definitely ahead of him. He's growing up right in front of our eyes, and it's a pleasure to see."
The Angels, coming off a three-game sweep by Oakland, have lost five straight and are off to a 2-8 start - matching the worst in franchise history.
The inaugural 1961 club also lost eight of its first 10.
"That's obviously a bad play. That's a mental mistake," manager Mike Scioscia said. "As perfect as players try to play, and as hard as they try to play, unfortunately mental mistakes are occasionally going to creep into the scenario.
"We've seen it from other teams, and unfortunately it got us tonight. And Josh knows it. He's accountable. He knows he messed up. So we're going to move on. It's a mental mistake. It happens. It's obviously ugly when it happens, and we're going to move on. That's it."
Tommy Hanson (1-1) threw 108 pitches through five innings, giving up five runs, eight hits and two walks.
The Angels, who have a $148.5 million payroll, have had their rotation struggle on this homestand.
Ace right-hander Jered Weaver is on the disabled list for at least a month because of a broken bone in his left arm.
Garrett Richards will come out of the bullpen to make his first start of the season on Saturday.
Hanson gave up hits to his first four batters and threw 27 pitches before retiring anyone.
Jose Altuve singled and scored on a drive to right-center by Justin Maxwell, who was thrown out trying for a triple. TV replays showed that umpire Laz Diaz got the call wrong, as Luis Jimenez took the relay throw from second baseman Howie Kendrick and applied the tag after Maxwell's foot hit the bag.
Castro and Chris Carter followed with singles, and both runners advanced when Hanson attempted to pick off Castro and shortstop Brendan Harris mishandled the throw for an error. A full-count walk to Carlos Pena loaded the bases for J.D. Martinez, who struck out. But Ankiel grounded a two-run single just past shortstop on Hanson's 35th pitch, giving Houston a 3-0 lead.
Maxwell, who led the Astros last season with 18 homers, made it 4-0 in the second inning with a drive to left-center on a 2-1 pitch. It was the 18th home run given up in 90 1-3 innings this season by a Angels pitching staff that has a 5.38 ERA.
Ankiel, playing for his fifth big league club after signing a minor league contract with the Astros and getting an invite to spring training, completed the scoring with an RBI double in the third.
|Josh Hamilton goes 0 for 4 as the Angels fall to 2-8, matching the inaugural team from 1961 for worst start. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
|Jose Altuve, 2B||5||1||3||0||0||0||0||.364|
|Justin Maxwell, CF||4||1||2||2||1||1||1||.359|
|Jason Castro, C||5||1||1||0||0||0||3||.243|
|Chris Carter, DH||4||1||1||0||1||1||3||.268|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||1||2||.250|
|J.D. Martinez, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.240|
|Brandon Barnes, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.375|
|Rick Ankiel, RF||4||0||2||3||0||2||1||.182|
|Matt Dominguez, 3B||2||0||0||0||2||0||4||.242|
|Marwin Gonzalez, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.364|
|2B - Justin Maxwell (2, Hanson), Carlos Pena (4, Hanson), Rick Ankiel (1, Hanson)|
|HR - Justin Maxwell (1, Hanson)|
|RBI - Justin Maxwell 2 (4), Rick Ankiel 3 (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Justin Maxwell (3), Rick Ankiel 2 (5)|
|CS - Marwin Gonzalez (1, 2nd base by De La Rosa/Conger)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - M. Gonzalez-Altuve-Pena, Castro-Altuve|
|Bud Norris (W,2-1)||7||3||0||0||2||5||0||1.96|
|HBP - Bourjos (by Bud Norris)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 96-67, Hector Ambriz 9-8, Wesley Wright 2-2, Rhiner Cruz 3-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 7-8, Hector Ambriz 2-0, Wesley Wright 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Bud Norris 26, Hector Ambriz 4, Wesley Wright 1, Rhiner Cruz 1|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Peter Bourjos, CF||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.286|
|Mike Trout, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.227|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||.313|
|Josh Hamilton, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.179|
|Mark Trumbo, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.279|
|Howie Kendrick, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.316|
|Hank Conger, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.375|
|Luis Jimenez, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Brendan Harris, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Outfield Assists - Peter Bourjos 1|
|E - Brendan Harris (1, Missed catch of throw), Howie Kendrick (3, Missed catch of throw)|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Tommy Hanson (L,1-1)||5||8||5||5||2||2||1||6.55|
|Dane De La Rosa||2||1||0||0||1||2||0||2.45|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 108-67, Dane De La Rosa 33-19, Scott Downs 24-13, Ernesto Frieri 22-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 5-7, Dane De La Rosa 1-2, Scott Downs 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 24, Dane De La Rosa 7, Scott Downs 5, Ernesto Frieri 5|
|Attendance - 37674|
|Game Time - 3:23|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Laz Diaz|