Altuve homers in big inning, Astros beat Angels 11-2

HOUSTON (AP) The Astros finally began to barrel up baseballs in the eighth inning, and it seemed like they might never stop.

Jose Altuve's career-high tying 24th home run capped a seven-run eighth after Framber Valdez grinded through six gritty innings, and Houston beat the Los Angeles Angels 11-2 Sunday.

Alex Bregman, Abraham Toro and Josh Reddick also drove in runs in the eighth as the Astros sent 11 batters to the plate.

''We did a good job of doing everything right,'' Astros manager AJ Hinch said. ''We took advantage of a few mistakes, we hit the ball in a couple of good spots to capitalize on a couple of hits, a couple of big swings. Just everybody kind of dialed in and we had an explosive inning and separated ourselves and had a comfortable win.''

Houston has won seven of eight. The club entered the day tied with the Yankees for the best record in the AL at 84-47.

''Play our game, we can't really get stuck scoreboard watching,'' Reddick said. ''Happens every year, team's get so caught up in looking at the out of town scoreboard. That's all fine and dandy once we've gotten our wins. When that happens, we can watch all we want to.''

Michael Brantley led off the eighth with a single, extending his hitting streak to 18 games. Reddick's two-run double gave him three RBIs. It was Reddick's first RBIs since Aug. 10 and first multihit game since July 14.

''It was good to get in there and contribute today and it actually mean something,'' Reddick said. ''A lot of my at-bats haven't meant anything lately because we're usually up 3-0 by the time I get up. That's a good problem to have.''

Valdez was called up from Triple-A Round Rock and earned his first win since June 15, ending a streak of four-straight losses.

Valdez (4-6) gave up one run, two hits and five walks but struck out eight, which tied a season high. He ran into trouble in the third, loading the bases with no outs. Back-to-back strikeouts and then a groundout by Albert Pujols kept the Angels off the board.

''I just wanted to throw my best pitches and focus and make sure that I executed my best pitches so that I could get them out,'' he said through a translator.

Martin Maldonado hit a two-run homer in the seventh to extend the lead to 4-1.

Jaime Barria (4-7) only gave up two runs but still was stuck with his fourth-straight loss. Barria allowed three hits, struck out four and walked three in 5 1/3 innings.

''I know I have to bring my A-game especially with a lineup like that,'' Barria said through a translator.

Andrelton Simmons and Brian Goodwin hit solo home runs for the Angels.

''Obviously, we didn't have a very good offensive game,'' Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. ''We had really the one missed opportunity with the bases loaded and nobody out.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: INF Tommy La Stella (right tibia fracture) resumed baseball activities Saturday. La Stella took some ground balls, hit off the tee and did soft toss.

Astros: SS Carlos Correa (lower back stiffness) did agility work and light running but is still not hitting or throwing. The Astros hope to increase his activity over the coming days including being able to do batting practice and fielding ground balls. ... Aledmys Diaz (foot) was set to continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday, splitting time between shortstop and third base. Hinch said he could be reactivated by Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (3-3, 4.31 ERA) will start the series opener against the Rangers on Tuesday after a day off. Heaney is looking to build off his last start, where he struck out a career-high 14 in eight innings, which came against the Rangers.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (15-5, 2.77 ERA) will start the series opener against the Rays on Tuesday after a day off. Verlander is coming off a complete-game loss to the Tigers where he struck out 11 and walked none. Former Astros RHP Charlie Morton (13-5, 2.85) is slated to pitch for Tampa Bay.

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LAA63-70
010000001240
HOU85-47
10010027X11100
  • W: F. Valdez (4-6)L: J. Barria (4-7)
  • HR: LAA - A. Simmons (6), B. Goodwin (13), HOU - M. Maldonado (9), J. Altuve (24)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fletcher 3B30100110.291.350.400.7501.5
M. Trout CF20100101.293.437.6481.0853.0
S. Ohtani DH30000115.298.357.512.8680.5
J. Upton LF40000026.213.310.404.714-1.0
A. Pujols 1B40000013.247.306.436.742-0.5
A. Simmons SS31111100.271.313.386.7007.0
B. Goodwin RF31111021.284.346.502.8476.0
K. Smith C40000001.236.319.354.6740.0
L. Rengifo 2B20000110.241.329.370.6980.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Altuve 2B52221010.304.366.556.9229.5
    M. Brantley LF20100200.338.398.546.9443.0
    M. Straw PR-LF01000100.233.353.291.6442.0
    A. Bregman SS51110014.283.408.565.9733.5
    Y. Alvarez DH22010201.322.417.6731.0905.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B41200001.308.348.550.8983.0
    A. Toro-Hernandez 3B32110111.200.250.200.4504.5
    J. Reddick RF31230000.261.301.376.6767.0
    M. Maldonado C41121012.210.284.360.6446.5
    J. Marisnick CF40000021.242.299.434.734-1.0
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Simmons (6), B. Goodwin (13)
      • RBI - A. Simmons (30), B. Goodwin (37)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Goodwin (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Ohtani, A. Pujols 3 (3), B. Goodwin
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Altuve (21), A. Bregman (28), J. Reddick (15)
      • HR - J. Altuve (24), M. Maldonado (9)
      • SH - J. Reddick
      • RBI - J. Altuve 2 (59), A. Bregman (90), Y. Alvarez (58), A. Toro-Hernandez, J. Reddick 3 (40), M. Maldonado 2 (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve 2 (23), J. Reddick (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman 2 (2), Y. Gurriel, M. Maldonado
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Goodwin (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Toro-Hernandez-Altuve-Gurriel; Bregman-Altuve-Gurriel; Toro-Hernandez-Altuve-Gurriel)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Barria (L, 4-7)5.13223406.101.444.0
      M. Del Pozo1.00111002.700.301.0
      T. Buttrey0.21110113.771.29-1.5
      T. Cole1.06772116.801.67-11.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Barria (L, 4-7)5.1
      M. Del Pozo1.0
      T. Buttrey0.2
      T. Cole1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Valdez (W, 4-6)6.02115815.141.5424.0
      H. Rondon (H, 14)1.00000003.751.293.0
      J. Smith (H, 4)1.01000001.690.942.0
      C. Devenski1.01110014.841.321.0
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Valdez (W, 4-6)6.0
      H. Rondon (H, 14)1.0
      J. Smith (H, 4)1.0
      C. Devenski1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Cole (3)
      • IBB - T. Cole (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Barria 90-49, M. Del Pozo 14-8, T. Buttrey 10-7, T. Cole 37-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Barria 4-7, M. Del Pozo 2-1, T. Cole 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Barria 21, M. Del Pozo 4, T. Buttrey 3, T. Cole 11
      PITCHING
      • HBP - F. Valdez 2 (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Valdez 94-52, H. Rondon 11-8, J. Smith 6-4, C. Devenski 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Valdez 8-0, H. Rondon 2-1, J. Smith 2-0
      • Batters Faced - F. Valdez 25, H. Rondon 3, J. Smith 3, C. Devenski 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      LAA63-70
      010000001240
      HOU85-47
      10010027X11100
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Fletcher 3B30100110.291.350.400.7501.5
      M. Trout CF20100101.293.437.6481.0853.0
      S. Ohtani DH30000115.298.357.512.8680.5
      J. Upton LF40000026.213.310.404.714-1.0
      A. Pujols 1B40000013.247.306.436.742-0.5
      A. Simmons SS31111100.271.313.386.7007.0
      B. Goodwin RF31111021.284.346.502.8476.0
      K. Smith C40000001.236.319.354.6740.0
      L. Rengifo 2B20000110.241.329.370.6980.5
      Total2824225817-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Altuve 2B52221010.304.366.556.9229.5
        M. Brantley LF20100200.338.398.546.9443.0
        M. Straw PR-LF01000100.233.353.291.6442.0
        A. Bregman SS51110014.283.408.565.9733.5
        Y. Alvarez DH22010201.322.417.6731.0905.0
        Y. Gurriel 1B41200001.308.348.550.8983.0
        A. Toro-Hernandez 3B32110111.200.250.200.4504.5
        J. Reddick RF31230000.261.301.376.6767.0
        M. Maldonado C41121012.210.284.360.6446.5
        J. Marisnick CF40000021.242.299.434.734-1.0
        Total3211101026610-----
          BATTING
          • HR - A. Simmons (6), B. Goodwin (13)
          • RBI - A. Simmons (30), B. Goodwin (37)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Goodwin (18)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Ohtani, A. Pujols 3 (3), B. Goodwin
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Altuve (21), A. Bregman (28), J. Reddick (15)
          • HR - J. Altuve (24), M. Maldonado (9)
          • SH - J. Reddick
          • RBI - J. Altuve 2 (59), A. Bregman (90), Y. Alvarez (58), A. Toro-Hernandez, J. Reddick 3 (40), M. Maldonado 2 (21)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve 2 (23), J. Reddick (11)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman 2 (2), Y. Gurriel, M. Maldonado
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - B. Goodwin (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 3 (Toro-Hernandez-Altuve-Gurriel; Bregman-Altuve-Gurriel; Toro-Hernandez-Altuve-Gurriel)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Barria (L, 4-7)5.13223406.101.444.0
          M. Del Pozo1.00111002.700.301.0
          T. Buttrey0.21110113.771.29-1.5
          T. Cole1.06772116.801.67-11.5
          Total8.0101111662---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Barria (L, 4-7)5.1
          M. Del Pozo1.0
          T. Buttrey0.2
          T. Cole1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          F. Valdez (W, 4-6)6.02115815.141.5424.0
          H. Rondon (H, 14)1.00000003.751.293.0
          J. Smith (H, 4)1.01000001.690.942.0
          C. Devenski1.01110014.841.321.0
          Total9.0422582---
          PITCHERSIP
          F. Valdez (W, 4-6)6.0
          H. Rondon (H, 14)1.0
          J. Smith (H, 4)1.0
          C. Devenski1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - T. Cole (3)
          • IBB - T. Cole (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Barria 90-49, M. Del Pozo 14-8, T. Buttrey 10-7, T. Cole 37-20
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Barria 4-7, M. Del Pozo 2-1, T. Cole 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Barria 21, M. Del Pozo 4, T. Buttrey 3, T. Cole 11
          PITCHING
          • HBP - F. Valdez 2 (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - F. Valdez 94-52, H. Rondon 11-8, J. Smith 6-4, C. Devenski 16-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Valdez 8-0, H. Rondon 2-1, J. Smith 2-0
          • Batters Faced - F. Valdez 25, H. Rondon 3, J. Smith 3, C. Devenski 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Goodwin homered to right211
          • 8TH INNING
            Altuve homered to left, Reddick scored111
            Reddick doubled to deep right, Gurriel and Toro-Hernandez scored19
            Alvarez scored, Gurriel to third, Toro-Hernandez to second on wild pitch17
            Toro-Hernandez singled to right center, Bregman scored, Alvarez to third, Gurriel to second16
            Bregman doubled to deep left, Straw scored15
          • 7TH INNING
            Maldonado homered to left center, Toro-Hernandez scored14
          • 4TH INNING
            Reddick singled to center, Alvarez scored12
          • 2ND INNING
            Simmons homered to left11
          • 1ST INNING
            Alvarez grounded out to third, Altuve scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Chris Devenski relieved Joe Smith
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pujols flied out to deep left
            • A. Simmons: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Simmons fouled out to third
            • B. Goodwin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Goodwin homered to right
            • K. Smith: Smith flied out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Joe Smith relieved Hector Rondon
            • M. Trout: Trout singled to right center
            • S. Ohtani: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ohtani reached on fielder's choice to second, Trout out at second
            • J. Upton: Pickoff attempt, Upton grounded into double play third to second to first, Ohtani out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Taylor Cole relieved Ty Buttrey
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Brantley singled to left center
            • Myles Straw ran for Michael Brantley
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bregman doubled to deep left, Straw scored
            • Y. Alvarez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alvarez intentionally walked
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to center, Bregman to third, Alvarez to second
            • A. Toro-Hernandez: Toro-Hernandez singled to right center, Bregman scored, Alvarez to third, Gurriel to second
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Alvarez scored, Gurriel to third, Toro-Hernandez to second on wild pitch, Reddick doubled to deep right, Gurriel and Toro-Hernandez scored
            • M. Maldonado: Maldonado grounded out to third
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Altuve homered to left, Reddick scored
            • M. Straw: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Straw walked
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman flied out to right
            • End of the 8th (7 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Hector Rondon relieved Framber Valdez
            • K. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith lined out to right
            • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Rengifo grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Del Pozo Pitching:
            • A. Toro-Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Toro-Hernandez walked
            • J. Reddick: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Reddick hit sacrifice bunt to third, Toro-Hernandez to second
            • Ty Buttrey relieved Miguel Del Pozo
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado homered to left center, Toro-Hernandez scored
            • J. Marisnick: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Altuve lined out to second
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • F. Valdez Pitching:
            • J. Upton: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Pujols grounded out to third
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Simmons walked
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
            • Miguel Del Pozo relieved Jaime Barria
            • Y. Alvarez: Foul, Alvarez grounded out to catcher
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel lined out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • F. Valdez Pitching:
            • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rengifo struck out swinging
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Fletcher struck out swinging
            • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
            • S. Ohtani: Ball, Strike swinging, Ohtani grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Marisnick grounded out to first
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Altuve flied out to deep right
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • F. Valdez Pitching:
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Simmons grounded out to third
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Goodwin struck out on foul tip
            • K. Smith: Ball, Ball, Smith grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • Y. Alvarez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alvarez walked
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to deep right, Alvarez to third, Gurriel out at second
            • A. Toro-Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Toro-Hernandez grounded out to second
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Reddick singled to center, Alvarez scored
            • M. Maldonado: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • F. Valdez Pitching:
            • L. Rengifo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rengifo walked
            • D. Fletcher: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Fletcher singled to right, Rengifo to second
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Trout hit by pitch, Rengifo to third, Fletcher to second
            • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Ohtani struck out looking
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
            • A. Pujols: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pujols grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick popped out to shortstop
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bregman fouled out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • F. Valdez Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
            • A. Simmons: Simmons homered to left
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Goodwin hit by pitch
            • K. Smith: Foul, Ball, Smith grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Goodwin out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • A. Toro-Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Toro-Hernandez struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Reddick popped out to third
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Maldonado lined out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • F. Valdez Pitching:
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fletcher walked
            • M. Trout: Trout reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Fletcher out at second
            • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ohtani walked, Trout to second
            • J. Upton: Upton grounded into double play third to second to first, Ohtani out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve doubled to left center
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Bregman flied out to deep center, Altuve to third, Brantley to second
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Alvarez grounded out to third, Altuve scored
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gurriel fouled out to third
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)