Angels crush Astros 9-1 with 8 extra-base hits

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) A team looking to set the tone early could not have done much better than the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.

Powered by five extra-base hits, they scored five runs in the first inning, and left-hander Tyler Skaggs started putting up zeros on the mound.

And when it was over, the Angels had romped their way to a 9-1 victory over the Houston Astros to remain two games back of Minnesota for the second AL wild card with 14 to play.

''When we got pitches to hit tonight, we did not miss them,'' manager Mike Scioscia said.

The Angels made it a tough night for spot starter Mike Fiers (8-10). He allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings.

''He just couldn't get into the game,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. ''Five extra-base hits in the first inning is a tough tone to set.

''We really didn't come back and it made for a long night.''

Houston's magic number to clinch the AL West title remained at five.

Skaggs (2-5) missed 85 games this season with an oblique injury. In his first seven games back, he was 0-4 with a 5.61 ERA.

But on Wednesday he was in complete control. He held the Astros to three hits in his seven innings, walking one and striking out five. It was his first victory since April 22.

''I hope Tyler can bottle that,'' Scioscia said. ''That's a tough lineup. You couldn't pitch much better than he did tonight against those guys.''

The Angels finished with 13 hits, eight for extra bases. They had six doubles by six players, a two-run homer from Luis Valbuena to cap the five-run first and a solo homer from Justin Upton off Tyler Clippard in the sixth.

It marked the 250th career homer for Upton, who is in his 11th major league season. It also gave him 100 RBIs on the year.

BENCHES WARNED

Valbuena's home run was his 20th of the season and the ex-Astro added an exclamation point with a big bat flip that did not go unnoticed by Fiers.

''I took it as disrespect,'' Fiers said.

The next time Valbuena came up, Fiers unleashed a pitch at least 2 feet over his head that sailed to the backstop. Home plate umpire Cory Blaser immediately warned both benches. Hinch would not comment on the pitch.

''If you think it's deliberate, you can throw him out of the game,'' Scioscia said. ''Obviously he's not that wild.''

Said Valbuena: ''I enjoyed my home run. If they want to hit me, that's OK. But if I hit another home run, you'll see what happens.''

NOT WORRIED

The loss was Houston's fifth in its last six games, making this a tough September stretch.

''We'll be fine,'' Hinch said. ''We had a tough one tonight.''

SKAGGS HOPEFUL

After allowing two singles in the first, one on a bunt, Skaggs cruised the rest of the way. He faced the minimum over his last 19 batters, aided by a double play.

''I thought I mixed it up well tonight,'' Skaggs said. ''It was a strong game to hopefully build off.''

Skaggs said the early lead helped his cause, but he focused on being aggressive.

''It was definitely nice, but I still went out there and attacked,'' he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: CF Jake Marisnick left in the third inning after failing to stretch a bloop hit into a double. He injured his right thumb on the slide into second. Hinch indicated Marisnick would fly back to Houston on Thursday ahead of the team. ''It doesn't look good,'' Hinch said.

Angels: 3B Yunel Escobar, out since Aug. 8 with a strained oblique, is still restricted from baseball activities after aggravating the injury during his rehab stint.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Brad Peacock (10-2, 3.05 ERA) is scheduled to start the series finale Thursday. Peacock is 3-2 with a 4.64 ERA in 10 games (seven starts) against the Angels.

Angels: Struggling RHP Ricky Nolasco (6-13, 5.19) will attempt to get back on track against his favorite opponent. Nolasco is 7-2 with a 3.82 ERA in 12 appearances vs. the Astros, his highest winning percentage (.778) against any major league team.

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AstrosHOU87-58
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AngelsLAA74-71
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  • W: T. Skaggs (2-5)L: M. Fiers (8-10)
  • HR: LAA - J. Upton (29), L. Valbuena (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF30000000.290.371.532.9030.0
T. Kemp CF10000010.167.167.222.389-0.5
A. Bregman 2B40100010.284.353.469.8220.5
J. Altuve 2B20100000.349.408.561.9691.0
a- J. Davis 3B20000011.241.300.537.837-0.5
C. Correa SS30100010.307.384.529.9120.5
E. Gattis DH30000002.263.312.459.7720.0
Y. Gurriel 1B10000100.289.323.476.7991.0
T. White 1B11100000.341.378.6831.0613.0
C. Maybin RF30000002.227.322.358.6800.0
M. Stassi C20010011.200.346.550.8960.5
J. Marisnick CF10100000.243.319.496.8151.0
D. Fisher LF20000010.207.313.351.664-0.5
  • a-struck out for Altuve in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Phillips 2B42220012.288.324.412.7366.5
E. Young CF10000010.265.342.392.734-0.5
M. Trout CF41210010.321.459.6471.1064.5
K. Cowart 2B10000010.228.304.402.706-0.5
J. Upton LF41111023.278.364.532.8965.0
B. Revere LF10000000.266.302.338.6400.0
A. Pujols DH40110011.247.290.392.6821.5
K. Calhoun RF41210012.248.331.395.7264.5
S. Robinson RF00000000.192.267.192.4590.0
A. Simmons SS31110001.280.330.433.7634.0
a- C. Pennington SS10000010.263.322.341.662-0.5
L. Valbuena 3B42221000.199.290.434.72410.0
C. Cron 1B21100200.261.317.466.7845.0
M. Maldonado C20100000.224.283.377.6601.0
b- C. Perez C10000001.067.067.067.1330.0
  • a-struck out for Simmons in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Maldonado in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. White (5)
  • SF - M. Stassi
  • RBI - M. Stassi (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Phillips (29), M. Trout (23), K. Calhoun (21), A. Simmons (36), L. Valbuena (11), C. Cron (14)
  • HR - J. Upton (29), L. Valbuena (20)
  • SH - M. Maldonado (7)
  • RBI - B. Phillips 2 (55), M. Trout (63), J. Upton (100), A. Pujols (95), K. Calhoun (66), A. Simmons (65), L. Valbuena 2 (56)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Pujols (39), K. Calhoun (25), A. Simmons (27), L. Valbuena 2 (12)
FIELDING
  • DP - K. Cowart, L. Valbuena, C. Cron, A. Simmons, B. Phillips
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fiers (L, 8-10)3.210881515.221.43-12.5
J. Hoyt1.11001104.701.331.5
T. Clippard1.01110015.201.391.0
T. Sipp1.01000106.291.372.5
R. Guduan1.00000207.982.184.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Fiers (L, 8-10)3.2
J. Hoyt1.1
T. Clippard1.0
T. Sipp1.0
R. Guduan1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Skaggs (W, 2-5)7.03001504.371.3429.5
F. Salas1.01110005.611.641.0
E. Paredes1.01000103.061.252.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Skaggs (W, 2-5)7.0
F. Salas1.0
E. Paredes1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 78-54, J. Hoyt 20-12, T. Clippard 8-7, T. Sipp 14-10, R. Guduan 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 3-3, J. Hoyt 1-2, T. Clippard 2-1, T. Sipp 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 22, J. Hoyt 6, T. Clippard 4, T. Sipp 4, R. Guduan 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 85-52, F. Salas 8-4, E. Paredes 13-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 6-8, F. Salas 1-2, E. Paredes 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 23, F. Salas 4, E. Paredes 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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AstrosHOU87-58
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AngelsLAA74-71
50030100X9130
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF30000000.290.371.532.9030.0
T. Kemp CF10000010.167.167.222.389-0.5
A. Bregman 2B40100010.284.353.469.8220.5
J. Altuve 2B20100000.349.408.561.9691.0
a- J. Davis 3B20000011.241.300.537.837-0.5
C. Correa SS30100010.307.384.529.9120.5
E. Gattis DH30000002.263.312.459.7720.0
Y. Gurriel 1B10000100.289.323.476.7991.0
T. White 1B11100000.341.378.6831.0613.0
C. Maybin RF30000002.227.322.358.6800.0
M. Stassi C20010011.200.346.550.8960.5
J. Marisnick CF10100000.243.319.496.8151.0
D. Fisher LF20000010.207.313.351.664-0.5
Total281510166-----
  • a-struck out for Altuve in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Phillips 2B42220012.288.324.412.7366.5
E. Young CF10000010.265.342.392.734-0.5
M. Trout CF41210010.321.459.6471.1064.5
K. Cowart 2B10000010.228.304.402.706-0.5
J. Upton LF41111023.278.364.532.8965.0
B. Revere LF10000000.266.302.338.6400.0
A. Pujols DH40110011.247.290.392.6821.5
K. Calhoun RF41210012.248.331.395.7264.5
S. Robinson RF00000000.192.267.192.4590.0
A. Simmons SS31110001.280.330.433.7634.0
a- C. Pennington SS10000010.263.322.341.662-0.5
L. Valbuena 3B42221000.199.290.434.72410.0
C. Cron 1B21100200.261.317.466.7845.0
M. Maldonado C20100000.224.283.377.6601.0
b- C. Perez C10000001.067.067.067.1330.0
Total36913922910-----
  • a-struck out for Simmons in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Maldonado in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. White (5)
  • SF - M. Stassi
  • RBI - M. Stassi (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Phillips (29), M. Trout (23), K. Calhoun (21), A. Simmons (36), L. Valbuena (11), C. Cron (14)
  • HR - J. Upton (29), L. Valbuena (20)
  • SH - M. Maldonado (7)
  • RBI - B. Phillips 2 (55), M. Trout (63), J. Upton (100), A. Pujols (95), K. Calhoun (66), A. Simmons (65), L. Valbuena 2 (56)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Pujols (39), K. Calhoun (25), A. Simmons (27), L. Valbuena 2 (12)
FIELDING
  • DP - K. Cowart, L. Valbuena, C. Cron, A. Simmons, B. Phillips
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fiers (L, 8-10)3.210881515.221.43-12.5
J. Hoyt1.11001104.701.331.5
T. Clippard1.01110015.201.391.0
T. Sipp1.01000106.291.372.5
R. Guduan1.00000207.982.184.0
Total8.01399292---
PITCHERSIP
M. Fiers (L, 8-10)3.2
J. Hoyt1.1
T. Clippard1.0
T. Sipp1.0
R. Guduan1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Skaggs (W, 2-5)7.03001504.371.3429.5
F. Salas1.01110005.611.641.0
E. Paredes1.01000103.061.252.5
Total9.0511160---
PITCHERSIP
T. Skaggs (W, 2-5)7.0
F. Salas1.0
E. Paredes1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 78-54, J. Hoyt 20-12, T. Clippard 8-7, T. Sipp 14-10, R. Guduan 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 3-3, J. Hoyt 1-2, T. Clippard 2-1, T. Sipp 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 22, J. Hoyt 6, T. Clippard 4, T. Sipp 4, R. Guduan 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 85-52, F. Salas 8-4, E. Paredes 13-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 6-8, F. Salas 1-2, E. Paredes 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 23, F. Salas 4, E. Paredes 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Stassi hit sacrifice fly to center, White scored19
  • 6TH INNING
    Upton homered to left09
  • 4TH INNING
    Pujols singled to right center, Phillips scored, Trout to third08
    Phillips singled to center, Valbuena and Cron scored07
  • 1ST INNING
    Valbuena homered to right, Simmons scored05
    Simmons doubled to left, Calhoun scored03
    Calhoun doubled to deep right center, Trout scored02
    Trout doubled to left, Phillips scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Eduardo Paredes relieved Fernando Salas
    • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bregman singled to center
    • J. Davis: Davis grounded into double play third to second to first, Bregman out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kaleb Cowart at second
    • Eric Young in center
    • Ben Revere in left
    • Shane Robinson in right
    • Fernando Salas relieved Tyler Skaggs
    • T. White: White doubled to deep left
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Maybin grounded out to shortstop, White to third
    • M. Stassi: Stassi hit sacrifice fly to center, White scored
    • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Fisher flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Reymin Guduan relieved Tony Sipp
    • E. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
    • K. Cowart: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cowart struck out swinging
    • B. Revere: Ball, Revere lined out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • T. Skaggs Pitching:
    • J. Altuve: Strike looking
    • J. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
    • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
    • E. Gattis: Gattis grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J.D. Davis hit for Jose Altuve
    • Tyler White at first
    • Tony Kemp in center
    • Tony Sipp relieved Tyler Clippard
    • Cliff Pennington hit for Andrelton Simmons
    • C. Pennington: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pennington struck out swinging
    • L. Valbuena: Ball, Valbuena grounded out to first
    • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Cron doubled to deep right
    • Carlos Perez hit for Martin Maldonado
    • C. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Perez grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Skaggs Pitching:
    • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
    • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer lined out to left
    • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tyler Clippard relieved James Hoyt
    • M. Trout: Trout lined out to left
    • J. Upton: Upton homered to left
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pujols grounded out to third
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Skaggs Pitching:
    • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel walked
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Maybin flied out to deep center
    • M. Stassi: Stassi grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gurriel out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hoyt Pitching:
    • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Simmons lined out to center
    • L. Valbuena: Strike swinging, Valbuena popped out to third
    • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cron walked
    • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado singled to left, Cron to second
    • B. Phillips: Strike swinging, Phillips reached on fielder's choice to third, Maldonado out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Skaggs Pitching:
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Altuve grounded out to second
    • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Correa grounded out to second
    • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Gattis flied out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fiers Pitching:
    • L. Valbuena: Ball, Valbuena doubled to deep right
    • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cron walked
    • M. Maldonado: Ball, Maldonado hit sacrifice bunt to third, Valbuena to third, Cron to second
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Strike looking, Phillips singled to center, Valbuena and Cron scored
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout singled to center, Phillips to third
    • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Foul, Pujols singled to right center, Phillips scored, Trout to third
    • James Hoyt relieved Mike Fiers
    • K. Calhoun: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Skaggs Pitching:
    • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Marisnick singled to shallow right, Marisnick out at second
    • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Springer grounded out to third
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman flied out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Derek Fisher in left
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Pujols lined out to right
    • K. Calhoun: Calhoun reached on bunt single to shortstop
    • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons flied out to deep left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Skaggs Pitching:
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel lined out to first
    • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Maybin flied out to right
    • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fiers Pitching:
    • M. Maldonado: Maldonado flied out to right
    • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Skaggs Pitching:
    • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer flied out to left
    • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Altuve: Altuve reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Correa singled to left center, Altuve to third
    • E. Gattis: Ball, Gattis flied out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fiers Pitching:
    • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Phillips doubled to deep left
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout doubled to left, Phillips scored
    • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Upton grounded out to third
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pujols struck out looking
    • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun doubled to deep right center, Trout scored
    • A. Simmons: Ball, Foul, Simmons doubled to left, Calhoun scored
    • L. Valbuena: Strike swinging, Valbuena homered to right, Simmons scored
    • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Cron grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)