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Houston at Los Angeles

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Houston (41-82) «1200003107120
L.A. Angels (55-68)011100020591

Astros down Angels, win rare back-to-back series

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Matt Dominguez took no offense when the Angels intentionally walked a .247-hitting catcher so they could pitch to him in the seventh inning of a tie game.

After all, playing for the Houston Astros these days is filled with all types of indignities.

On the very next pitch, Dominguez took a swing that thrilled his family and capped the Astros' best week in a long while.

Dominguez hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Houston won back-to-back series for the first time in nearly two months with a 7-5 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday.

Dominguez tied his career high with four hits in his native Southern California, while L.J. Hoes had his first career homer among his three hits in the major league-worst Astros' fourth win in six games.

Dominguez homered after Angels reliever Juan Gutierrez (0-4) walked Carlos Corporan, and the Astros hung on to their seventh win over Los Angeles this season.

"They just wanted a matchup, I think," said Dominguez, a San Fernando Valley native who left 15 tickets for family. "He hung the slider, and I got it good. Feels good. I guess they had confidence they could get me out more than they did Carlos. That's how baseball is. No hard feelings or anything. I'll just go up and try to do what I can."

Slowly, the young Astros are getting things done. They scored 20 runs while taking two of three games at the Big A, winning with offense after a pitching-dominated series earlier in the week in Oakland, where they also took two of three from the Athletics.

"At some point, we're going to start to get our breaks," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "We're swinging the bats real well, and we're getting good starting pitching."

Brett Oberholtzer (3-1) blew an early three-run lead, but pitched six effective innings during Houston's sixth win in seven games at Angel Stadium. He gave up seven hits and struck out four in his fourth major league start, even retiring nine of his final 10 batters after Hamilton's tying homer.

Oberholtzer attributes the Astros' recent success to "staying loose. I think we're playing with a little swagger, a little confidence about ourselves."

That's in short supply for the Angels (55-68), who have lost 11 of 16 and 23 of 34 -- yet Houston (41-82) is still 14 games behind Los Angeles for fourth place in the AL West.

Mike Trout had two hits for the Angels before leaving in the sixth inning with right hamstring tightness.

Josh Hamilton homered and tripled for Los Angeles to follow up his extra-inning homer Saturday night, while Mark Trumbo drove in three runs and hit his 28th homer late in the Angels' sixth loss in eight games.

"It's frustrating losing to anybody," said Hamilton, who delivered his 19th homer. "It doesn't matter who it is. If it was the Yankees in here today, or the Rangers, it would be just as frustrating. It's one of those things where you're playing a team with that kind of a record, but you don't want to relax or take anything for granted. I'm not saying that we're doing that, but some years, some teams have your number. That's how it goes."

Trout went 2 for 3 with a third-inning double, but left the game after flying out in the fifth. The Angels' All-Star outfielder reached base for the 40th straight game, extending the majors' longest current streak.

"It's all right. I'm just sore," said Trout, second in the AL at with a .333 average. "It's not like it popped or anything. It was just a little grabbing, so it shouldn't be too serious. ... I'll see how it is tomorrow. I came out just because I didn't want it to get worse. It's definitely frustrating when you can't be out there. For me as a speed guy, I've got to take care of my legs."

Houston boosted its lead to 7-3 in the eighth on Jose Altuve's sacrifice fly. Trumbo trimmed the deficit with his two-run shot to left off Jordan Lyles, the Astros' scheduled Monday starter, who pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief before leaving with two runners on in the ninth.

Rookie Kevin Chapman got pinch-hitter Peter Bourjos to ground into a game-ending double play, earning his first career save.

Jason Vargas recovered from an awful beginning to his first home start in two months to pitch into the sixth for the Angels, allowing seven hits -- all in the first three innings. The left-hander walked three and struck out three in his second start since returning from injury.

Hoes homered in his 19th major league game, drilling a one-out shot in the first inning.

Notes

Lyles unexpectedly made his first relief appearance of the season. Porter said RHP Lucas Harrell will start the series opener at Texas on Monday night. ... Dominguez also had four hits July 31. ... Hamilton's triple was his first since May 21. ... Gutierrez, who made his major league debut with Houston in 2007, struck out four during his 1 2/3 innings.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Trumbo
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Houston

M. Dominguez
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Robbie Grossman, LF4011011 .262
L.J. Hoes, RF4231000 .317
Jose Altuve, DH4001003 .277
Chris Carter, 1B3000233 .214
Carlos Corporan, C4100102 .247
Matt Dominguez, 3B5243000 .237
Brandon Barnes, CF4110121 .232
Jake Elmore, 2B5120014 .245
Marwin Gonzalez, SS4010013 .230
Totals37712648  
Batting
2B - Robbie Grossman (9, Vargas)
HR - L.J. Hoes (1, Vargas), Matt Dominguez (16, Gutierrez)
SF - Jose Altuve (8)
SH - Robbie Grossman (5)
RBI - Robbie Grossman (14), L.J. Hoes (3), Jose Altuve (41), Matt Dominguez 3 (60)
2-OUT RBI - Robbie Grossman (4), Matt Dominguez 3 (15)
SB - Marwin Gonzalez (6, 2nd base off Gutierrez/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Elmore-M. Gonzalez-Carter
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Oberholtzer (W,3-1) 6733141 2.91
Jordan Lyles (H,1) 2.1222321 5.19
Kevin Chapman (S,1) 0.2000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Oberholtzer 97-66, Jordan Lyles 48-27, Kevin Chapman 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Oberholtzer 5-8, Jordan Lyles 2-3, Kevin Chapman 1-0
Batters Faced - Brett Oberholtzer 25, Jordan Lyles 12, Kevin Chapman 1
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
J.B. Shuck, LF5020000 .294
Collin Cowgill, RF-CF4010021 .231
   b-Peter Bourjos, PH1000001 .312
Mike Trout, CF3120001 .333
   Kole Calhoun, RF0100100 .226
Mark Trumbo, 1B4123013 .239
Erick Aybar, SS4000003 .282
Josh Hamilton, DH3221100 .230
Chris Nelson, 3B3001011 .247
Chris Iannetta, C2000200 .210
Grant Green, 2B4000022 .245
Totals3359546  
a-announced for Cowgill in the 9th
b-grounded into a double play for Conger in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mike Trout (34, Oberholtzer)
3B - Josh Hamilton (3, Oberholtzer)
HR - Mark Trumbo (28, Lyles), Josh Hamilton (19, Oberholtzer)
SF - Chris Nelson (2)
RBI - Mark Trumbo 3 (81), Josh Hamilton (60), Chris Nelson (19)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Trumbo (30)
CS - Chris Iannetta (1, 2nd base by Oberholtzer/Corporan)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Green-Trumbo
E - J.C. Gutierrez (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Vargas 5.1733331 3.92
J.C. Gutierrez (L,0-4) 1.2233141 4.54
Kevin Jepsen 1211010 4.50
Michael Kohn 1100000 3.89
IBB - Corporan by J.C. Gutierrez
WP - J.C. Gutierrez (3)
HBP - Hoes (by Kevin Jepsen)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 95-66, J.C. Gutierrez 29-20, Kevin Jepsen 21-14, Michael Kohn 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 4-8, Kevin Jepsen 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 25, J.C. Gutierrez 9, Kevin Jepsen 6, Michael Kohn 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36896
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Chad Fairchild