Simmons' 2-run HR helps Angels beat Astros 3-0

HOUSTON (AP) After the Los Angeles Angels won their second straight game against the Houston Astros with a shutout on Friday night, manager Mike Scioscia took a minute to rave about his pitching staff.

''The one theme here the last two games is I love the way we're pitching,'' he said. ''We need to set a tone on the mound and we did it last night with Andrew (Heaney) and did it again tonight with Jaime (Barria). That's the foundation that we have to get back to and it was good to see it these last two games.''

Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run homer in a three-run sixth inning that led the Angels to the 3-0 win.

Barria (9-8) scattered three hits and one walk in six innings to improve to 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA in six starts in August. He was much sharper than his last outing against the Astros last Saturday, when he gave up four runs and five hits in three innings of the Angels' 8-3 loss.

''Looked like the ball was crisper, truer, definitely used his fastball very well on both sides of the plate, had up and down, and had his good slider and change-up going,'' Scioscia said. ''That's six strong innings he pitched.''

Justin Anderson struck out one in a perfect seventh. Ty Buttrey got into a jam in the eighth inning when Josh Reddick singled with no out before pinch-hitter Tony Kemp gave Houston its first extra-base hit of the night with a double on a liner to right field. Alex Bregman walked with one out to load the bases, but Buttrey struck out Jose Altuve before Carlos Correa popped out to end the inning.

Blake Parker allowed one hit and walked one in a scoreless ninth for his 13th save.

Houston starter Framber Valdez (2-1) was replaced by Collin McHugh after walking Kole Calhoun to start the sixth inning. An error by McHugh allowed Calhoun to advance to second before a single by David Fletcher sent him to third.

Mike Trout's sacrifice fly put the Angels up 1-0, and Simmons followed one out later with his homer into the left-field seats.

The Astros went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position on a night manager A.J. Hinch was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Eric Cooper between the third and fourth innings as they lost their second straight game.

Hinch said he was upset at a couple of calls on pitches to Altuve and that he was taking up for the reigning AL MVP when he approached Cooper.

''Cooper is a good umpire and very easy to like, but as he started walking toward Altuve and escalate the argument, I took exception to that,'' Hinch said. ''In between innings like that, the simplest thing to do is walk away. I said something from the dugout and he turned his attention to me and kicked me out of the game.

''I'm defending Altuve every inch of the way, but it didn't need to happen,'' Hinch continued. ''None of it needed to happen. Me getting run out of the game is ridiculous.''

The Angels had a chance to add on in the ninth inning when they loaded the bases with no outs. But Hector Rondon sat down the next three batters to leave them empty-handed.

Valdez was charged with a run and two hits while walking three in five-plus innings for his first loss after winning his last two games.

The Astros had runners at first and third with one out in the third after singles by Martin Maldonado and George Springer, but Barria retired Bregman and Altuve to escape the jam. Correa singled to start Houston's fourth before Barria retired the last nine batters he faced. He was replaced by Anderson to start the seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: C Brian McCann (knee surgery) and OF Jake Marisnick (groin) will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

SIMBA ROARS IN HOUSTON

Simmons, whose nickname is Simba, has been great in Houston this season. He is hitting .600 with three homers, a double and 10 homers in four games at Minute Maid Park this season. He's had success against the Astros at home, too hitting .354 with 14 RBIs in 13 games overall against Houston this season. He's tied with Oakland's Khris Davis for the most RBIs against Houston this year.

UP NEXT

Josh James will be recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday to make his major league debut for Houston against Felix Pena (1-4, 4.52 ERA). The 25-year-old James, who was selected in the 34th round of the 2014 draft, has 171 strikeouts in 23 games with 21 starts combined between Double-A Corpus Christi and Fresno.

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  • W: J. Barria (9-8)L: F. Valdez (2-1)S: B. Parker (13)
  • HR: LAA - A. Simmons (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Calhoun RF31000132.226.286.400.6860.5
D. Fletcher 2B41100002.276.315.364.6802.0
M. Trout CF20010110.309.458.6181.0761.5
J. Upton LF40100002.266.351.470.8211.0
A. Simmons SS41221000.299.346.426.7728.0
S. Ohtani DH30100100.276.357.540.8972.0
J. Marte 1B40000014.201.245.344.590-0.5
T. Ward 3B30100011.196.255.353.6070.5
K. Cowart 3B10000013.133.235.217.452-0.5
J. Briceno C30000124.280.330.415.7440.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF40100022.252.337.428.7650.0
    A. Bregman 3B30000112.291.393.528.9200.5
    J. Altuve 2B40000035.326.389.462.851-1.5
    C. Correa SS30100103.247.328.426.7552.0
    T. White DH30000102.310.392.6431.0341.0
    M. Gonzalez LF40000014.246.323.409.732-0.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B40100003.277.312.400.7121.0
    J. Reddick RF40100001.245.316.392.7091.0
    M. Maldonado C20100000.225.281.361.6421.0
    a- T. Kemp PH10100000.279.370.417.7872.0
    M. Stassi C00000000.234.322.407.7290.0
    • a-doubled for Maldonado in the 8th
    BATTING
    • HR - A. Simmons (9)
    • SF - M. Trout (4)
    • RBI - M. Trout (63), A. Simmons 2 (65)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Simmons 2 (21)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Upton, J. Briceno 4 (4)
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Kemp (13)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve 2 (2), C. Correa 3 (3), Y. Gurriel 2 (2), J. Reddick
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Fletcher-Simmons-Marte; Fletcher-Simmons-Marte)
    • E - T. Ward (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Valdez-Altuve-Gurriel)
    • E - C. McHugh
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Barria (W, 9-8)6.03001403.461.2426.0
    J. Anderson (H, 17)1.00000103.401.393.5
    T. Buttrey (H, 3)1.02001201.231.231.0
    B. Parker (S, 13)1.01001003.281.188.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Barria (W, 9-8)6.0
    J. Anderson (H, 17)1.0
    T. Buttrey (H, 3)1.0
    B. Parker (S, 13)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Valdez (L, 2-1)5.02113301.260.915.5
    C. McHugh2.02220311.890.853.5
    R. Pressly1.00000202.931.164.0
    H. Rondon1.02001102.131.130.5
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Valdez (L, 2-1)5.0
    C. McHugh2.0
    R. Pressly1.0
    H. Rondon1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Barria 85-57, J. Anderson 12-9, T. Buttrey 33-20, B. Parker 26-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Barria 3-11, J. Anderson 2-0, B. Parker 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Barria 22, J. Anderson 3, T. Buttrey 6, B. Parker 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Valdez 89-51, C. McHugh 32-21, R. Pressly 10-8, H. Rondon 18-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Valdez 8-3, R. Pressly 1-0, H. Rondon 1-1
    • Batters Faced - F. Valdez 19, C. McHugh 8, R. Pressly 3, H. Rondon 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Calhoun RF31000132.226.286.400.6860.5
    D. Fletcher 2B41100002.276.315.364.6802.0
    M. Trout CF20010110.309.458.6181.0761.5
    J. Upton LF40100002.266.351.470.8211.0
    A. Simmons SS41221000.299.346.426.7728.0
    S. Ohtani DH30100100.276.357.540.8972.0
    J. Marte 1B40000014.201.245.344.590-0.5
    T. Ward 3B30100011.196.255.353.6070.5
    K. Cowart 3B10000013.133.235.217.452-0.5
    J. Briceno C30000124.280.330.415.7440.0
    Total3136314918-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF40100022.252.337.428.7650.0
      A. Bregman 3B30000112.291.393.528.9200.5
      J. Altuve 2B40000035.326.389.462.851-1.5
      C. Correa SS30100103.247.328.426.7552.0
      T. White DH30000102.310.392.6431.0341.0
      M. Gonzalez LF40000014.246.323.409.732-0.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B40100003.277.312.400.7121.0
      J. Reddick RF40100001.245.316.392.7091.0
      M. Maldonado C20100000.225.281.361.6421.0
      a- T. Kemp PH10100000.279.370.417.7872.0
      M. Stassi C00000000.234.322.407.7290.0
      Total3206003722-----
      • a-doubled for Maldonado in the 8th
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Simmons (9)
      • SF - M. Trout (4)
      • RBI - M. Trout (63), A. Simmons 2 (65)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Simmons 2 (21)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Upton, J. Briceno 4 (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Kemp (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve 2 (2), C. Correa 3 (3), Y. Gurriel 2 (2), J. Reddick
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Fletcher-Simmons-Marte; Fletcher-Simmons-Marte)
      • E - T. Ward (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Valdez-Altuve-Gurriel)
      • E - C. McHugh
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Barria (W, 9-8)6.03001403.461.2426.0
      J. Anderson (H, 17)1.00000103.401.393.5
      T. Buttrey (H, 3)1.02001201.231.231.0
      B. Parker (S, 13)1.01001003.281.188.0
      Total9.0600370---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Barria (W, 9-8)6.0
      J. Anderson (H, 17)1.0
      T. Buttrey (H, 3)1.0
      B. Parker (S, 13)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Valdez (L, 2-1)5.02113301.260.915.5
      C. McHugh2.02220311.890.853.5
      R. Pressly1.00000202.931.164.0
      H. Rondon1.02001102.131.130.5
      Total9.0633491---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Valdez (L, 2-1)5.0
      C. McHugh2.0
      R. Pressly1.0
      H. Rondon1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Barria 85-57, J. Anderson 12-9, T. Buttrey 33-20, B. Parker 26-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Barria 3-11, J. Anderson 2-0, B. Parker 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Barria 22, J. Anderson 3, T. Buttrey 6, B. Parker 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Valdez 89-51, C. McHugh 32-21, R. Pressly 10-8, H. Rondon 18-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Valdez 8-3, R. Pressly 1-0, H. Rondon 1-1
      • Batters Faced - F. Valdez 19, C. McHugh 8, R. Pressly 3, H. Rondon 6
      • 6TH INNING
        Simmons homered to left, Fletcher scored30
        Trout hit sacrifice fly to center, Calhoun scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Hector Rondon relieved Ryan Pressly
        • Max Stassi catching
        • J. Upton: Upton singled to left center
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons singled to left, Upton to second
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ohtani walked, Upton to third, Simmons to second
        • J. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Marte reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Upton out at home, Simmons to third, Ohtani to second
        • K. Cowart: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cowart struck out swinging
        • J. Briceno: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Briceno flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Blake Parker relieved Ty Buttrey
        • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, White walked
        • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop, White out at second
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Gurriel to second on fielder's indifference, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Reddick grounded out to first
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Collin McHugh
        • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to third
        • M. Trout: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Trout struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ty Buttrey relieved Justin Anderson
        • Kaleb Cowart at third base
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Reddick singled to center
        • Tony Kemp hit for Martin Maldonado
        • T. Kemp: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kemp doubled to deep right, Reddick to third
        • G. Springer: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Correa fouled out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • J. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
        • T. Ward: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ward struck out swinging
        • J. Briceno: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Briceno struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Justin Anderson relieved Jaime Barria
        • T. White: Strike looking, White safe at first on 3rd baseman Ward fielding error
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop, White out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • F. Valdez Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun walked
        • Collin McHugh relieved Framber Valdez
        • D. Fletcher: Calhoun to second on McHugh throwing error, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Fletcher singled to left, Calhoun to third
        • M. Trout: Strike swinging, Trout hit sacrifice fly to center, Calhoun scored
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Upton fouled out to catcher
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Simmons homered to left, Fletcher scored
        • S. Ohtani: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ohtani lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Bregman flied out to center
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike swinging, Correa grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • F. Valdez Pitching:
        • S. Ohtani: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ohtani reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Marte: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Marte reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Ohtani out at second
        • T. Ward: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ward flied out to right
        • J. Briceno: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Briceno struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Reddick flied out to deep right
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Maldonado lined out to right
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Springer flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • F. Valdez Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trout grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Upton: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Upton grounded out to third
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Simmons grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Correa reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • T. White: Ball, White grounded out to third, Correa to second
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to second, Correa to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • F. Valdez Pitching:
        • T. Ward: Ball, Foul, Ward reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Briceno: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Briceno walked, Ward to second
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • D. Fletcher: Foul, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to second, Briceno out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick popped out to shortstop
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Maldonado singled to center
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Springer singled to right center, Maldonado to third
        • A. Bregman: Bregman fouled out to first
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve lined out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • F. Valdez Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Simmons grounded out to first
        • S. Ohtani: Ohtani grounded out to second
        • J. Marte: Marte grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
        • T. White: White flied out to center
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez flied out to left
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gurriel popped out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • F. Valdez Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher flied out to deep left
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Upton popped out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)