Trout hits 10th HR, Ohtani shaky, Angels beat Astros 8-7

HOUSTON (AP) Shohei Ohtani didn't have a great start. Mike Trout, Andrelton Simmons and the Los Angeles Angels did plenty to finish off the Houston Astros.

Trout hit his major league-leading 10th homer and the Angels overcame another shaky outing by Ohtani to beat Houston 8-7 Tuesday night, tying a team record with their 11th straight road win.

Simmons homered twice with a career-high five RBIs, connecting for a tiebreaking, three-run drive in the seventh inning. The Angels also won 11 in a row outside Anaheim in 1988.

Ohtani yielded four runs on six hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings. The two-way star from Japan was tagged by Boston in his previous start and left after two innings because of a blister problem.

''You look at the five walks, but I tell you, Shohei wasn't missing by much,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. ''As the game went on he got really good command of his split, threw some terrific pitches. Just had to work hard ... he had good stuff, gave us a chance to win, and that's all you can ask for.''

Ohtani struck out seven and has fanned 26 this year, a record for an Angels pitcher after the first four career games of his career.

He said he felt better than he did in his last outing.

''To get my pitch count down, I've got to throw first-pitch strikes,'' he said through a translator. ''That's the key. Also, the Astros have a very good lineup and they made me work really hard. If the pitch count goes up, there's nothing I can do about that.''

The Angels jumped on Charlie Morton early to build a 4-1 lead. Derek Fisher hit a two-run homer for Houston in the fifth off Ohtani and Brian McCann added a two-run homer off Jose Alvarez in the sixth to put the Astros ahead.

There were runners at first and second with two outs in the seventh when Albert Pujols snapped an 0-for-7 slide with an RBI single to tie it at 5. Simmons then sent a pitch from Joe Smith (1-1) to the train tracks atop left field for fourth career multihomer game.

''They won the World Series last year and we beat them two times in a row,'' Simmons said. ''It's just a confidence-booster for us.''

Alex Bregman hit an RBI single off Jim Johnson (2-0) in the seventh and Marwin Gonzalez added a run-scoring single off Justin Anderson to cut the lead to 8-7 with one out in the inning. But Anderson retired the next two batters to wriggle out of a bases-loaded jam and preserve the lead.

Cam Bedrosian walked one in a scoreless ninth for his first save.

Morton, who entered the game with an AL-leading 0.72 ERA, allowed five hits and a season-high four runs, while walking a season-most five in four-plus innings.

''The big inning that he struggled, there were a few close-call walks and a few infield singles - that inning took a lot out of him,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''He didn't look like he could throw the ball where he wanted to, which is uncommon of him.''

Bregman doubled with two outs in the second and Houston cut the lead to 2-1 when he scored on a single by Gonzalez.

Morton, who had only walked six batters in his first four starts combined, loaded the bases on three straight walks to start the third inning. Justin Upton followed with an RBI single on a high chopper to push the lead to 3-1.

Simmons singled with one out on a grounder to third base to send another run home and leave Los Angeles up 4-1.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Simmons returned after sitting out on Monday after being hit with a pitch on the forearm in Sunday's game.

CHASING 3,000

Pujols' hit moved him within seven of reaching 3,000. The slugger, who has 618 homers, is looking to become the fourth player in major league history with at least 3,000 hits and 600 home runs.

WHAT A STEAL

With Ian Kinsler's swipe, the Angels improved to 13 of 13 on steal attempts this season. They are the eighth team in major league history to not get caught stealing once through the first 24 games of a season. The last team to do it was the Mets, who weren't caught stealing in the first 26 games of the 2015 season.

UP NEXT

Angels: Nick Tropeano (1-1, 3.75 ERA) will start in the series finale on Wednesday, looking to bounce back after allowing seven hits and five runs in 5 1/3 innings of a loss to Boston in his last outing.

Astros: Justin Verlander (3-0, 1.10) looks to extend his regular-season winning streak to 11 games when he starts on Wednesday. Verlander allowed two hits in six scoreless innings of a win over the White Sox in his last outing.

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LAA16-8
112000400880
HOU16-9
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  • W: J. Johnson (2-0)L: J. Smith (1-1)S: C. Bedrosian (1)
  • HR: LAA - M. Trout (10), A. Simmons 2 (3), HOU - B. McCann (2), D. Fisher (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B32100200.262.333.333.6677.0
M. Trout DH31111211.308.418.6921.1107.5
J. Upton LF51210012.245.315.415.7303.5
A. Pujols 1B41110005.258.280.433.7133.0
A. Simmons SS42352002.317.398.476.87316.0
Z. Cozart 3B40000013.211.273.356.628-0.5
K. Calhoun RF40000030.180.207.236.442-1.5
C. Young CF30000110.182.217.364.5810.5
M. Maldonado C31000111.172.273.207.4801.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer DH50300004.257.342.455.7972.0
    J. Altuve 2B50000025.333.396.374.770-1.0
    C. Correa SS41100122.341.402.565.9672.0
    J. Reddick RF51200023.257.366.529.8942.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B41100123.275.311.450.7612.0
    A. Bregman 3B51210012.253.349.337.6854.5
    B. McCann C31121201.306.443.469.9129.0
    M. Gonzalez LF31220200.232.333.329.6637.0
    J. Marisnick PR00000000.125.125.232.3570.0
    D. Fisher CF41221124.163.213.349.5628.0
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Trout (10), A. Simmons 2 (3)
      • RBI - M. Trout (18), J. Upton (13), A. Pujols (13), A. Simmons 5 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Pujols (7), A. Simmons 3 (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (5)
      • HR - B. McCann (2), D. Fisher
      • RBI - A. Bregman (7), B. McCann 2 (7), M. Gonzalez 2 (13), D. Fisher 2 (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Gonzalez (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - I. Kinsler (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - G. Springer
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - K. Calhoun (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Ohtani5.16445714.431.133.5
      J. Alvarez (BS, 1)0.12110010.821.18-3.0
      J. Johnson (W, 2-0)0.24220003.681.301.0
      J. Anderson (H, 2)0.21001100.002.40-1.5
      N. Ramirez (H, 1)0.21000103.551.74-0.5
      C. Bedrosian (S, 1)1.10001203.861.4610.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Ohtani5.1
      J. Alvarez (BS, 1)0.1
      J. Johnson (W, 2-0)0.2
      J. Anderson (H, 2)0.2
      N. Ramirez (H, 1)0.2
      C. Bedrosian (S, 1)1.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton4.05445221.861.10-1.0
      B. Peacock2.00000202.840.877.0
      J. Smith (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)1.03441218.221.57-9.0
      W. Harris1.00000201.741.264.0
      K. Giles1.00000002.250.753.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton4.0
      B. Peacock2.0
      J. Smith (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)1.0
      W. Harris1.0
      K. Giles1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Anderson
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Ohtani 98-55, J. Alvarez 11-6, J. Johnson 19-13, J. Anderson 17-9, N. Ramirez 10-7, C. Bedrosian 23-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Ohtani 2-4, J. Anderson 1-0, C. Bedrosian 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Ohtani 24, J. Alvarez 3, J. Johnson 6, J. Anderson 4, N. Ramirez 3, C. Bedrosian 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 75-44, B. Peacock 30-17, J. Smith 19-13, W. Harris 14-9, K. Giles 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 5-3, B. Peacock 1-3, J. Smith 1-0, K. Giles 1-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 20, B. Peacock 6, J. Smith 7, W. Harris 3, K. Giles 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      LAA16-8
      112000400880
      HOU16-9
      0100222007140
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      I. Kinsler 2B32100200.262.333.333.6677.0
      M. Trout DH31111211.308.418.6921.1107.5
      J. Upton LF51210012.245.315.415.7303.5
      A. Pujols 1B41110005.258.280.433.7133.0
      A. Simmons SS42352002.317.398.476.87316.0
      Z. Cozart 3B40000013.211.273.356.628-0.5
      K. Calhoun RF40000030.180.207.236.442-1.5
      C. Young CF30000110.182.217.364.5810.5
      M. Maldonado C31000111.172.273.207.4801.5
      Total3388836814-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer DH50300004.257.342.455.7972.0
        J. Altuve 2B50000025.333.396.374.770-1.0
        C. Correa SS41100122.341.402.565.9672.0
        J. Reddick RF51200023.257.366.529.8942.0
        Y. Gurriel 1B41100123.275.311.450.7612.0
        A. Bregman 3B51210012.253.349.337.6854.5
        B. McCann C31121201.306.443.469.9129.0
        M. Gonzalez LF31220200.232.333.329.6637.0
        J. Marisnick PR00000000.125.125.232.3570.0
        D. Fisher CF41221124.163.213.349.5628.0
        Total387147271124-----
          BATTING
          • HR - M. Trout (10), A. Simmons 2 (3)
          • RBI - M. Trout (18), J. Upton (13), A. Pujols (13), A. Simmons 5 (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Pujols (7), A. Simmons 3 (6)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Bregman (5)
          • HR - B. McCann (2), D. Fisher
          • RBI - A. Bregman (7), B. McCann 2 (7), M. Gonzalez 2 (13), D. Fisher 2 (5)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Gonzalez (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - I. Kinsler (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - G. Springer
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - K. Calhoun (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Ohtani5.16445714.431.133.5
          J. Alvarez (BS, 1)0.12110010.821.18-3.0
          J. Johnson (W, 2-0)0.24220003.681.301.0
          J. Anderson (H, 2)0.21001100.002.40-1.5
          N. Ramirez (H, 1)0.21000103.551.74-0.5
          C. Bedrosian (S, 1)1.10001203.861.4610.0
          Total9.014777112---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Ohtani5.1
          J. Alvarez (BS, 1)0.1
          J. Johnson (W, 2-0)0.2
          J. Anderson (H, 2)0.2
          N. Ramirez (H, 1)0.2
          C. Bedrosian (S, 1)1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Morton4.05445221.861.10-1.0
          B. Peacock2.00000202.840.877.0
          J. Smith (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)1.03441218.221.57-9.0
          W. Harris1.00000201.741.264.0
          K. Giles1.00000002.250.753.0
          Total9.0888683---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Morton4.0
          B. Peacock2.0
          J. Smith (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)1.0
          W. Harris1.0
          K. Giles1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Anderson
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Ohtani 98-55, J. Alvarez 11-6, J. Johnson 19-13, J. Anderson 17-9, N. Ramirez 10-7, C. Bedrosian 23-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Ohtani 2-4, J. Anderson 1-0, C. Bedrosian 1-1
          • Batters Faced - S. Ohtani 24, J. Alvarez 3, J. Johnson 6, J. Anderson 4, N. Ramirez 3, C. Bedrosian 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 75-44, B. Peacock 30-17, J. Smith 19-13, W. Harris 14-9, K. Giles 8-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 5-3, B. Peacock 1-3, J. Smith 1-0, K. Giles 1-2
          • Batters Faced - C. Morton 20, B. Peacock 6, J. Smith 7, W. Harris 3, K. Giles 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Gonzalez singled to center, Reddick scored, Bregman to third, McCann to second87
            Bregman singled to left, Correa scored, Reddick to second86
            Simmons homered to left, Upton and Pujols scored85
            Pujols singled to center, Kinsler scored, Upton to third, Pujols to second55
          • 6TH INNING
            McCann homered to right center, Gurriel scored45
          • 5TH INNING
            Fisher homered to center, Gonzalez scored43
          • 3RD INNING
            Simmons reached on an infield single to third, Kinsler scored, Trout to third, Upton to second41
            Upton reached on an infield single to shortstop, Maldonado scored, Kinsler to third, Trout to second31
          • 2ND INNING
            Gonzalez singled to right, Bregman scored, McCann to second21
            Simmons homered to left20
          • 1ST INNING
            Trout homered to right10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ken Giles relieved Will Harris
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler grounded out to third
            • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Trout lined out to left
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Upton flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bedrosian Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, McCann lined out to center
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
            • Jake Marisnick ran for Marwin Gonzalez
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Fisher struck out looking
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Will Harris relieved Joe Smith
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
            • C. Young: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Young lined out to third
            • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Noe Ramirez relieved Justin Anderson
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve fouled out to catcher
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Reddick singled to right
            • Cam Bedrosian relieved Noe Ramirez
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gurriel struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Joe Smith relieved Brad Peacock
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kinsler walked
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
            • J. Upton: Pickoff attempt, Upton singled to left, Kinsler to second
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols singled to center, Kinsler scored, Upton to third, Pujols to second
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons homered to left, Upton and Pujols scored
            • Z. Cozart: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cozart struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Johnson Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Correa singled to center
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Reddick singled to right, Correa to third
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel lined out to second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bregman singled to left, Correa scored, Reddick to second
            • Justin Anderson relieved Jim Johnson
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Reddick to third, Bregman to second on wild pitch, Ball, McCann walked
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez singled to center, Reddick scored, Bregman to third, McCann to second
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Ball, Springer grounded into fielder's choice to third, Gonzalez out at second
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cozart flied out to center
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Young popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
            • Jose Alvarez relieved Shohei Ohtani
            • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, McCann homered to right center, Gurriel scored
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to deep right
            • D. Fisher: Fisher reached on bunt single to shortstop
            • Jim Johnson relieved Jose Alvarez
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Springer singled to left, Fisher to second
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve fouled out to catcher
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Foul, Strike looking, Kinsler singled to left center
            • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kinsler stole second, Ball, Trout walked
            • Brad Peacock relieved Charlie Morton
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Pujols popped out to third
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Simmons grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Trout out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez walked
            • D. Fisher: Fisher homered to center, Gonzalez scored
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Springer singled to right
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike swinging, Correa popped out to second
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Reddick lined out to right
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Young walked
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Maldonado grounded into double play second to first, Young out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Foul, Ball, Gurriel singled to center
            • A. Bregman: Bregman reached on fielder's choice to second, Gurriel out at second
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, McCann grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bregman out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Maldonado walked
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kinsler walked, Maldonado to second
            • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Trout walked, Maldonado to third, Kinsler to second
            • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Upton reached on an infield single to shortstop, Maldonado scored, Kinsler to third, Trout to second
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols fouled out to first
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons reached on an infield single to third, Kinsler scored, Trout to third, Upton to second
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Cozart grounded into double play shortstop to first, Simmons out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fisher walked
            • G. Springer: Ball, Springer fouled out to second
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • C. Correa: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked, Fisher to second
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Simmons homered to left
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Cozart lined out to left
            • K. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded out to first
            • C. Young: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gurriel struck out looking
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bregman doubled to deep left
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez singled to right, Bregman scored, McCann to second
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Kinsler popped out to second
            • M. Trout: Trout homered to right
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Upton grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pujols grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Springer singled to right center
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Altuve flied out to center
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking, Springer caught stealing, catcher to second to first to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)