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Astros win again behind Peacock and Altuve


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HOUSTON (AP) Houston interim manager Tom Lawless couldn't have asked for a better first game to start his managerial career.

Jose Altuve had four hits for the second straight night, Brad Peacock threw 6 1-3 solid innings and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 on Tuesday night.

Altuve became the first Astro to accomplish that feat since Lance Berkman did so in May of 2008. Altuve's homer in the third extended Houston's lead to 4-0 and was his sixth straight plate appearance with a hit.

''God, he's the best player ever right now,'' Peacock said of Altuve. ''He's unbelievable to watch. He plays hard. He swings the bat really well.''

Altuve, who leads the majors with 193 hits, appreciated the compliment.

''Every time that your teammates give you that support it's going to feel good because you're playing outside not only for the fans, but you're playing for your teammates too,'' Altuve said. ''If they see me that way, I really appreciate it.''

Lawless took over after the Astros fired Bo Porter on Monday.

Robbie Grossman had three hits, including an RBI double in the fifth and Jason Castro added two hits and two RBIs as the Astros jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the fifth.

Peacock (4-8) gave up three runs on four hits and struck out five in earning his first win since July 8 at Texas. Houston has won four of its last five.

Lawless, who was given the game ball and drenched with water after the game, said winning first the game as a manager ranked pretty high in his career.

''They made it look easy,'' Lawless said. ''They came out playing. They did a nice job. We had great pitching. Brad did a great job of pounding the strike zone and mixing up his pitches.''

Gordon Beckham had three hits, including the first two hits off Peacock, for the Angels, who saw their six-game winning streak snapped.

Peacock retired 15 of the first 17 batters he faced, with Chris Iannetta being the only other baserunner he allowed with a fifth inning walk.

Beckham scored on an error in the sixth and drove in Erick Aybar in Los Angeles' two-run seventh. Aybar extended his hit streak to a career-high 17 games with a double in the seventh.

The Astros jumped on Los Angeles starter C.J Wilson (10-9) early, scoring three runs in the first.

Grossman doubled to lead off, and Altuve, Dexter Fowler and Chris Carter followed with singles. Fowler and Carter's singles drove in runs before Castro capped the inning with a sacrifice fly.

Wilson was tagged for five runs on eight hits with four strikeouts in 3 1-3 innings. The loss was Wilson's first since Aug. 7 and ended a streak of four straight starts in which the left-hander allowed three runs or less.

''I think it was one of those games where C.J. just never got into a groove,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''Just wasn't quite as crisp as he needed to be.''

UP NEXT

The short two-game series wraps up with the Angels sending RHP Jered Weaver (15-7) to the mound looking to continue his recent solid pitching. Weaver is 8-1 with a 3.47 ERA since June 21. Houston will counter with RHP Collin McHugh (7-9), who will be looking for his fourth straight win.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Scioscia said reliever Joe Thatcher (sprained left ankle) could be ready to return in 7-10 days.

Astros: LHP Darin Downs (right oblique) and OF Alex Presley (right oblique) were activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

REDECORATING

A day after Porter was fired the Astros had already done a bit of redecorating in the clubhouse. The motivational quotes that Porter had placed on the strip of wall above the players' lockers were gone. Also gone was the large motivational wheel that had been a staple in the clubhouse since Porter arrived.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

J. Altuve
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

G. Beckham
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Kole Calhoun, RF4010012.278.330.452
Mike Trout, CF4000021.287.371.556
Albert Pujols, 1B4000000.274.330.466
Josh Hamilton, LF4000021.262.330.418
Howie Kendrick, 2B3110100.278.336.367
Erick Aybar, SS4110001.286.326.389
Chris Iannetta, C2001111.263.379.427
Brennan Boesch, DH2000011.121.143.182
   a-Grant Green, PH-DH2000002.305.314.390
Gordon Beckham, 3B3131000.225.270.344
C.J. Wilson, P0000000.000.333.000
   Yoslan Herrera, P0000000.000.000.000
   Cam Bedrosian, P0000000.000.000.000
   Vinnie Pestano, P0000000.000.000.000
   Wade LeBlanc, P0000000.000.000.000
   Mike Morin, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3236227    
a-grounded out for Boesch in the 7th
Batting
2B - Howie Kendrick (26, Fields), Erick Aybar (27, Peacock), Gordon Beckham (25, Chapman)
SF - Chris Iannetta (4)
RBI - Chris Iannetta (39), Gordon Beckham (42)
2-OUT RBI - Gordon Beckham (17)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Beckham-Kendrick
E - Gordon Beckham (12, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson (L,10-9) 3.1855141 4.66
Yoslan Herrera 0.2100000 4.82
Cam Bedrosian 0.2220100 7.30
Vinnie Pestano 1.1100030 3.97
Wade LeBlanc 1.1211020 9.75
Mike Morin 0.2100110 2.55
IBB - Fowler by Mike Morin
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 71-42, Yoslan Herrera 11-7, Cam Bedrosian 32-18, Vinnie Pestano 25-14, Wade LeBlanc 22-15, Mike Morin 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 1-3, Yoslan Herrera 2-0, Cam Bedrosian 1-2, Wade LeBlanc 1-1
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 17, Yoslan Herrera 3, Cam Bedrosian 6, Vinnie Pestano 5, Wade LeBlanc 6, Mike Morin 4
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Robbie Grossman, LF5131010.217.331.329
Jose Altuve, 2B5242001.340.377.451
Dexter Fowler, CF3221211.279.383.411
Chris Carter, DH5111034.226.299.503
Jason Castro, C4022013.230.298.387
Matt Dominguez, 3B4010003.225.267.348
Jake Marisnick, RF3111012.235.270.282
Jon Singleton, 1B3000111.176.292.352
Gregorio Petit, SS4110023.271.295.407
Brad Peacock, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kevin Chapman, P0000000.000.000.000
   Josh Fields, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals368158310    
Batting
2B - Robbie Grossman 2 (11, Wilson), Jose Altuve (38, Morin), Jason Castro (19, Bedrosian), Jake Marisnick (4, Wilson)
HR - Jose Altuve (7, Wilson)
SF - Jason Castro (3), Jake Marisnick (2)
RBI - Robbie Grossman (32), Jose Altuve 2 (47), Dexter Fowler (30), Chris Carter (79), Jason Castro 2 (53), Jake Marisnick (8)
2-OUT RBI - Robbie Grossman (15)
SB - Jose Altuve (50, 2nd base off Wilson/Iannetta)
CS - Dexter Fowler (4, 2nd base by Wilson/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Dexter Fowler 1
E - Dexter Fowler (4, Dropped fly)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brad Peacock (W,4-8) 6.1432250 5.01
Kevin Chapman 0.2100000 7.43
Josh Fields 2100020 4.56
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Peacock 98-62, Kevin Chapman 12-7, Josh Fields 25-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Peacock 5-9, Kevin Chapman 1-1
Batters Faced - Brad Peacock 25, Kevin Chapman 3, Josh Fields 7
Game Information
Attendance - 16131
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn