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Angels beat Astros on Trout's walkoff homer

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mike Trout keeps padding his stats with a week to go until the All-Star break.

He homered leading off the ninth inning after the Los Angeles Angels twice rallied to tie the game, giving them a 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

Trout sent an 0-2 pitch from Tony Sipp over the wall in left center field and charged into a celebratory mob at home plate. Teammate Erick Aybar doused Trout with a blue sports drink, staining his white uniform, and fans chanted "MVP! MVP!"

"The adrenaline rush you get when it goes out, it's something special. It's always good to come up big," Trout said. "What a comeback. We were up three, they came back and scored five, and we just kept fighting."

It was Trout's second career walkoff hit, both of them homers. The American League player of the month for June hit his team-leading 20th homer, and has eight homers in his last 18 games. Trout became the eighth Angels player with 20 or more homers and at least 60 RBI before the All-Star break, and the first since Vladimir Guerrero in 2004.

"It's one of those things where you see the pitch and see the swing, and you say to yourself, 'There's not many players in our game that can do what he did with that pitch,'" Astros manager Bo Porter said.

Trout figures to start in center field in the All-Star game on July 15 in Minneapolis.

Joe Smith (3-0) got the victory for the Angels, who have won eight in a row at home for the first time since Sept. 16-24, 2005, and have the majors' best record at home. Los Angeles has won 11 of 14 overall.

Sipp (1-1) took the loss for the Astros, who dropped their fifth in a row.

"I went at him with my best stuff," Sipp said about Trout. "But even when you make a good pitch sometimes, a guy of that caliber will put a good swing on it."

Houston's Jose Altuve, who came in leading the AL in hits, stolen bases and batting average, went 0 for 5 with a strikeout.

The Angels blew a 3-1 lead in the third and then trailed 6-5 on Albert Pujols' 510th career homer -- a two-run shot -- in the fourth. They tied it 6-6 in the seventh on Howie Kendrick's RBI double off the right field wall that scored Pujols, who singled leading off. Pujols was 3 for 4, and Kendrick went 4 for 4.

"You never know who's going to step up," Trout said. "Howie came up with a big double, I put a good swing on it in the ninth and it went out. I'm going to swing if it's close."

The Astros led 1-0 in the second on Chris Carter's homer. They took a 6-3 lead in the fourth on George Springer's two-run homer and a three-run shot by Jon Singleton.

Angels starter C.J. Wilson continued to struggle. The left-hander has failed to pitch more than five innings in four of his last seven starts. He gave up six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, struck out six and walked one. Wilson was watching game video in another room afterward.

Houston starter Dallas Keuchel allowed five runs and 13 hits in five innings, struck out one and walked one. The left-hander was scratched last Saturday against Detroit because of left wrist inflammation. He was making his first appearance since June 22, when he allowed five runs -- four earned -- in a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

"That was very disappointing on my part," Keuchel said. "The offense did more than enough to come out with a win, and I just didn't do my part. I haven't been too good as of late, so I guess I have to go back to the drawing board and figure some stuff out."

Notes

Trout became the 13th major league player aged 22 or younger with 20 or more homers before the All-Star break. ... Houston activated RHP Josh Fields from the 15-day DL after he went on it because of soreness in his right forearm. ... The Astros traded RHP Andrew Robinson to Atlanta for a player to be named or cash considerations. ... The Angels improved to 28-29 on the Fourth of July, including 14-14 at home. ... Los Angeles won on a walkoff single by Aybar on July 4, 2013. ... The announced crowd of 43,557 was the Angels' fourth sellout of the season.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Pujols
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Houston

J. Singleton
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B5000010 .342
Enrique Hernandez, SS4130000 .500
George Springer, CF-RF2112200 .242
Matt Dominguez, 3B4110014 .233
Chris Carter, DH4221012 .187
Jon Singleton, 1B4113010 .181
Carlos Corporan, C4000030 .220
Domingo Santana, RF3000020 .000
   a-Alex Presley, PH-CF1000010 .244
L.J. Hoes, LF4000010 .182
Dallas Keuchel, P0000000 .000
   Josh Zeid, P0000000 .000
   Darin Downs, P0000000 .000
   Josh Fields, P0000000 .000
   Tony Sipp, P0000000 .000
Totals35686211  
a-struck out for Santana in the 9th
Batting
HR - George Springer (17, Wilson), Chris Carter (14, Wilson), Jon Singleton (5, Wilson)
RBI - George Springer 2 (46), Chris Carter (31), Jon Singleton 3 (16)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - L.J. Hoes 1
DP - Hernandez-Altuve-Singleton, Hernandez-Altuve-Singleton-Hernandez-Altuve-Singleton
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dallas Keuchel 51355111 3.06
Josh Zeid (H,3) 1111010 5.82
Darin Downs (H,7) 0.1000010 4.05
Josh Fields (BS,2) 1.1100040 5.65
Tony Sipp (L,1-1) 0.1111001 1.90
Pitches-Strikes - Dallas Keuchel 92-55, Josh Zeid 16-10, Darin Downs 5-3, Josh Fields 22-16, Tony Sipp 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dallas Keuchel 9-2, Josh Zeid 1-1, Tony Sipp 1-0
Batters Faced - Dallas Keuchel 26, Josh Zeid 4, Darin Downs 1, Josh Fields 5, Tony Sipp 2
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Collin Cowgill, RF3101001 .277
   a-Kole Calhoun, PH-RF2000000 .281
Mike Trout, CF4111112 .313
Albert Pujols, DH4332000 .260
Josh Hamilton, LF4120010 .310
Howie Kendrick, 2B4041000 .284
Erick Aybar, SS4000014 .273
David Freese, 3B4021011 .250
C.J. Cron, 1B4120012 .292
Chris Iannetta, C4020020 .269
C.J. Wilson, P0000000 .000
   Cory Rasmus, P0000000 .000
   Mike Morin, P0000000 .000
   Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
Totals37716617  
a-grounded out for Cowgill in the 6th
Batting
2B - Howie Kendrick (16, Fields), David Freese (10, Keuchel), Chris Iannetta (10, Keuchel)
HR - Mike Trout (20, Sipp), Albert Pujols (18, Keuchel)
RBI - Collin Cowgill (16), Mike Trout (63), Albert Pujols 2 (52), Howie Kendrick (36), David Freese (25)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (15), David Freese (11)
SB - Albert Pujols (4, 2nd base off Downs/Corporan)
Team LOB - 7
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson 4.1766163 4.23
Cory Rasmus 2.1100120 3.00
Mike Morin 1.1000020 2.05
Joe Smith (W,3-0) 1000010 2.63
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 81-50, Cory Rasmus 31-22, Mike Morin 12-9, Joe Smith 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 5-2, Cory Rasmus 1-4, Mike Morin 1-1, Joe Smith 2-0
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 21, Cory Rasmus 9, Mike Morin 4, Joe Smith 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43557
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Paul Nauert