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L.A. Angels (72-77) «100010000261
Houston (51-98)010000000170

Angels 2, Astros 1

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HOUSTON -- Jerome Williams wants to be a starter for the Los Angeles Angels next season.

Williams kept on making his case Sunday, winning a third straight start for the first time since April 2004 as the Angels beat Houston 2-1 to send the Astros to their 98th loss of the season.

Houston, a big league-worst 51-98, is on the verge of becoming the first major league team to reach triple figures in losses in three consecutive seasons since Kansas City from 2004-06. The Astros were 56-106 in 2011 and dropped to 55-107 last year, their final year in the National League.

Williams (8-10) entered following wins over Tampa Bay and Toronto, and he allowed one run on five hits in seven innings.

"This team is a real good team," said Williams, who began the season in the bullpen. "I would love to come back and be part of this team and hopefully make that run for next year."

A veteran of 10 seasons, Williams knows he has to produce.

"I just have to keep on working," Williams said. "I think I have two more starts, and I just have to keep building on it.

I can't control what happens after; all I can control is what I'm doing on the mound right now. That's what I'm trying to do, and let everything else fall into place."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Williams has pitched solidly since moving into the rotation in May.

"He's given us chances to win," Scioscia said.

Williams benefited from solid defense and a two-inning relief appearance by Ernesto Frieri, who earned his 34th save in 38 chances.

"It was a good defensive game for us," Scioscia said.

Josh Hamilton had an RBI triple in the first off Paul Clemens (4-5), a drive off the glove of center fielder Brandon Barnes as he went up Tal's Hill. Mike Trout had reached with his AL-leading 100th walk.

"There aren't many ballparks that would hold that ball," Scioscia said. "I think that in any other ballpark we're playing that's a two-run home run."

Andrew Romine hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth after singles by Erick Aybar and Hank Conger.

Frieri entered with two on in the eighth and got six outs, including four via strikeout.

After Jose Altuve's eighth-inning sacrifice, Frieri struck out Trevor Crowe and Brett Wallace. Matt Dominguez singled on a 12-pitch at-bat leading off the ninth, and Frieri retired three in a row.

"It's certainly not our preference to have him go six outs, especially when he's got to throw 25-30 pitches, but he felt good today and over the course of the last 10 days he hasn't been out there that much," Scioscia said. "He felt fresh."

Frieri said he appreciated the trust.

"This time of the season, I'm 100 percent ready to go," Frieri said. "Whenever they call for you down in the bullpen, you have to be ready, mentally and physically."

Los Angeles has won five of six overall and 14 of its last 17 road games.

Marc Krauss homered in the second for the Astros, his fourth of the season. Clemens, making his third career start, allowed six hits in seven innings.

"It was impressive," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "I felt like he did a tremendous job of using all of his pitches."

Houston left seven on base and was 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position.

"First and third one out. We had a run-scoring opportunity and we don't get it done there," Porter said. "You have second and third, one out and unable to get it done there again. We had our opportunities, and we just weren't able to capitalize."

Notes

RHP Dane De La Rosa made his 70th appearance, setting an Angels record for rookie appearances. He let two on in the eighth before exiting. ... Trout is the first AL player in history with 70 extra-base hits, 30 stolen bases and 100 walks in a season. ... Astros rookie Max Stassi (concussion) said he remains hopeful to catch before the end of the season. Stassi, who has been sidelined since Aug. 21 after he took a pitch to the face in a 5-4 loss at Texas, caught another bullpen session Sunday.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

B. Barnes
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Los Angeles

J. Hamilton
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
J.B. Shuck, LF3000110 .294
   Collin Cowgill, LF0000000 .206
Howie Kendrick, 2B4010001 .301
Mike Trout, DH3100102 .330
Josh Hamilton, CF4011010 .245
Mark Trumbo, 1B4000001 .241
Kole Calhoun, RF4010020 .297
Erick Aybar, SS3110001 .269
Hank Conger, C3020001 .264
Andrew Romine, 3B2001001 .234
Jerome Williams, P0000000 .000
   Dane De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
   Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
Totals3026224  
Batting
3B - Josh Hamilton (4, Clemens)
SF - Andrew Romine (1)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (68), Andrew Romine (6)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Hamilton (21)
SB - Mike Trout (33, 2nd base off Clemens/Pagnozzi)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Kendrick-Trumbo, Aybar-Kendrick-Trumbo-Romine-Kendrick-Trumbo
E - Erick Aybar (14, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jerome Williams (W,8-10) 7511031 4.65
Dane De La Rosa 0100100 3.03
Ernesto Frieri (S,34) 2100040 3.68
HBP - Dominguez (by Jerome Williams)
Pitches-Strikes - Jerome Williams 95-64, Dane De La Rosa 9-3, Ernesto Frieri 33-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jerome Williams 14-3, Ernesto Frieri 1-1
Batters Faced - Jerome Williams 26, Dane De La Rosa 2, Ernesto Frieri 7
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jonathan Villar, SS3010101 .289
Jose Altuve, 2B3010002 .284
Trevor Crowe, RF4010013 .246
Brett Wallace, DH4000023 .224
Matt Dominguez, 3B3010000 .243
   Jimmy Paredes, PR0000000 .198
Chris Carter, 1B4000032 .219
Marc Krauss, LF4111001 .200
Matt Pagnozzi, C3000000 .118
   a-Brandon Laird, PH1000011 .196
Brandon Barnes, CF3020000 .248
Paul Clemens, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Chapman, P0000000 .000
   Lo Chia-Jen, P0000000 .000
Totals3217117  
a-struck out for Pagnozzi in the 9th
Batting
HR - Marc Krauss (4, Williams)
SH - Jose Altuve (4)
RBI - Marc Krauss (13)
2-OUT RBI - Marc Krauss (5)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Marc Krauss 1
DP - Krauss-Villar-Carter, Krauss-Villar-Carter-Villar-Altuve-Carter
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Paul Clemens (L,4-5) 7622120 5.54
Kevin Chapman 1.1000110 2.30
Lo Chia-Jen 0.2000010 5.17
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Clemens 88-55, Kevin Chapman 23-14, Lo Chia-Jen 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Clemens 9-8, Kevin Chapman 2-1, Lo Chia-Jen 1-0
Batters Faced - Paul Clemens 26, Kevin Chapman 5, Lo Chia-Jen 2
Game Information
Attendance - 21374
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Mark Wegner