Altuve's late 3-run double propels Astros past Angels, 5-3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Houston Astros had managed almost no production from their normally potent offense in this series when they struggled into the eighth inning of their second game against the rival Angels.

Nobody was surprised when Jose Altuve provided just the jolt they needed.

Altuve hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the eighth, and the Astros rallied from a late two-run deficit for a 5-3 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Altuve connected on a low pitch from reliever Jose Alvarez, poking it down the left field line and clearing the bases to put the Astros up 4-3.

''I didn't hit it very hard, but I put it in the right spot,'' Altuve said. ''It feels good.''

Although he was thrown out at the plate moments later when he inexplicably tried to score from second on an infield grounder, last season's AL MVP had already put himself firmly back on track. He ended an 0-for-16 skid Monday, and he reached base three times with two hits Tuesday.

''I think in Altuve's mind, he's been struggling,'' Josh Reddick said. ''He's still hitting .310. I'd like to be on that train.''

Reddick threw out two Los Angeles runners from right field, and he also got a leadoff double in the eighth against Alvarez (2-1). The reliever swiftly wasted seven stellar innings by rookie Jaime Barria, the second straight Angels starter to shut down the powerful Astros.

''Altuve hit a good pitch,'' Alvarez said. ''If it's another hitter, maybe he misses it or rolls it over. But he's a good hitter.''

Brian McCann had two hits and drove in another run for the defending World Series champions (27-17), who reclaimed sole possession of first place in the AL West after the Angels (25-17) pulled virtually even Monday.

Collin McHugh (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Ken Giles allowed Albert Pujols' leadoff single in the ninth, but finished up for his sixth save.

''That game went from another quiet offensive night to a really good ending,'' said Houston manager A.J. Hinch on his 44th birthday.

Justin Upton and Rene Rivera homered for the Angels, whose bullpen blew a golden chance to cement their solid early-season start.

Barria yielded four hits and struck out seven over seven excellent innings for the Angels, but Alvarez fell apart in the eighth against the defending World Series champions. Manager Mike Scioscia defended his reliever, saying Alvarez had thrown well.

''Jose is one of our most reliable guys down there, against righties or lefties,'' Scioscia said. ''That's probably the one guy you don't want to see up in that situation up there, but unfortunately, we found him.''

Gerrit Cole added seven strikeouts to his AL-leading total, but the Orange County native lasted just five innings his second career start at Angel Stadium, where his parents were longtime season ticket holders. Cole gave up five hits and left trailing 3-1.

Upton's two-run homer in the first inning was his seventh already in May, while backup catcher Rivera added a solo shot in the fifth.

BIG ARM

After throwing out Mike Trout at third base in the fifth, Reddick got his second outfield assist in the seventh, throwing out Kinsler at the plate by a healthy margin as he tried to score from second.

''Just some hard-hit balls that got to me pretty quick,'' Reddick said. ''Luckily I was lined up right.''

JAIME SIZZLES

Barria was outstanding in his fifth career start, limiting Houston to four singles and only five baserunners. The 21-year-old Panamanian rookie has been an unexpected boon to the Angels' injury-plagued rotation, and was stellar at home again after taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his last start in Anaheim.

LINEUP TWIST

Shohei Ohtani went 1 for 4 while batting in the No. 2 spot in the Angels' lineup for the first time behind leadoff hitter Trout, who had two walks and two strikeouts. Scioscia shook up his lineup because of a scheduled day off for Zack Cozart, their normal leadoff hitter. After beginning his rookie season in the No. 8 spot, Ohtani has steadily progressed up the order.

UMPIRE INJURED

Home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth left in the third inning when Ohtani fouled a 99-mph fastball off his mask. Culbreth was visibly shaken, and CB Bucknor replaced him behind the plate. The 55-year-old Culbreth has been in the majors since 1993, appearing in two World Series.

UP NEXT

Astros: Justin Verlander (4-2, 1.21 ERA) is coming off a loss to Texas despite allowing one run in six innings. He is just 9-8 against the Angels in his decorated career.

Angels: Garrett Richards (4-1, 4.09 ERA) held the Astros to 1 earned run over 11 combined innings in two starts last season. He is 5-4 against Houston in his career.

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LAA25-17
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  • W: C. McHugh (1-0)L: J. Alvarez (2-1)S: K. Giles (6)
  • HR: LAA - R. Rivera (3), J. Upton (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF40000002.288.353.488.8410.0
A. Bregman 3B32100100.259.381.399.7804.0
J. Altuve 2B30230001.311.366.412.7787.0
C. Correa SS40000024.287.374.507.881-1.0
B. McCann C40210001.273.381.409.7903.0
M. Gonzalez 1B-LF41000032.218.298.317.6151.5
E. Gattis DH40000002.209.275.345.6200.0
J. Reddick RF41100010.234.342.419.7622.5
D. Fisher LF20000010.181.218.431.649-0.5
a- Y. Gurriel PH-1B21100001.272.306.386.6922.0
  • a-singled for Fisher in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Trout CF21000220.306.449.6331.0822.0
S. Ohtani DH40100011.342.385.6301.0150.5
J. Upton LF41121020.263.321.497.8186.0
A. Pujols 1B40100000.250.284.419.7031.0
A. Simmons SS40200001.342.406.497.9031.0
L. Valbuena 3B40000032.248.288.368.656-1.5
I. Kinsler 2B40100021.209.292.304.5971.0
K. Calhoun RF30100010.162.190.199.3890.5
R. Rivera C31111011.259.322.481.8045.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Altuve (10), J. Reddick (5)
    • RBI - J. Altuve 3 (20), B. McCann (12)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. McCann (4)
    BATTING
    • 2B - I. Kinsler (5)
    • HR - J. Upton (11), R. Rivera (3)
    • RBI - J. Upton 2 (34), R. Rivera (10)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Rivera (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Gonzalez (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - A. Simmons (2)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Reddick 2 (6)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Simmons-Pujols; Valbuena-Kinsler-Pujols)
    • E - J. Johnson, I. Kinsler
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Cole5.05332721.750.798.5
    C. McHugh (W, 1-0)2.02000200.540.9012.0
    W. Harris (H, 5)1.00000103.601.203.5
    K. Giles (S, 6)1.01000204.050.9010.0
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Cole5.0
    C. McHugh (W, 1-0)2.0
    W. Harris (H, 5)1.0
    K. Giles (S, 6)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Barria7.04110702.131.0322.5
    J. Alvarez (L, 2-1) (BS, 3)0.13331002.891.18-12.0
    C. Bedrosian0.20000003.381.500.0
    J. Johnson1.00100003.181.323.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Barria7.0
    J. Alvarez (L, 2-1) (BS, 3)0.1
    C. Bedrosian0.2
    J. Johnson1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 98-66, C. McHugh 32-23, W. Harris 17-10, K. Giles 14-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 2-4, C. McHugh 2-1, W. Harris 2-0
    • Batters Faced - G. Cole 20, C. McHugh 7, W. Harris 3, K. Giles 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Barria
    • HBP - J. Barria (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Barria 96-65, J. Alvarez 24-14, C. Bedrosian 8-6, J. Johnson 10-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Barria 6-7, C. Bedrosian 1-1, J. Johnson 3-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Barria 25, J. Alvarez 5, C. Bedrosian 2, J. Johnson 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    LAA25-17
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF40000002.288.353.488.8410.0
    A. Bregman 3B32100100.259.381.399.7804.0
    J. Altuve 2B30230001.311.366.412.7787.0
    C. Correa SS40000024.287.374.507.881-1.0
    B. McCann C40210001.273.381.409.7903.0
    M. Gonzalez 1B-LF41000032.218.298.317.6151.5
    E. Gattis DH40000002.209.275.345.6200.0
    J. Reddick RF41100010.234.342.419.7622.5
    D. Fisher LF20000010.181.218.431.649-0.5
    a- Y. Gurriel PH-1B21100001.272.306.386.6922.0
    Total3457401713-----
    • a-singled for Fisher in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Trout CF21000220.306.449.6331.0822.0
    S. Ohtani DH40100011.342.385.6301.0150.5
    J. Upton LF41121020.263.321.497.8186.0
    A. Pujols 1B40100000.250.284.419.7031.0
    A. Simmons SS40200001.342.406.497.9031.0
    L. Valbuena 3B40000032.248.288.368.656-1.5
    I. Kinsler 2B40100021.209.292.304.5971.0
    K. Calhoun RF30100010.162.190.199.3890.5
    R. Rivera C31111011.259.322.481.8045.5
    Total3238322126-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Altuve (10), J. Reddick (5)
      • RBI - J. Altuve 3 (20), B. McCann (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. McCann (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - I. Kinsler (5)
      • HR - J. Upton (11), R. Rivera (3)
      • RBI - J. Upton 2 (34), R. Rivera (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Rivera (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Gonzalez (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - A. Simmons (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Reddick 2 (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Simmons-Pujols; Valbuena-Kinsler-Pujols)
      • E - J. Johnson, I. Kinsler
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole5.05332721.750.798.5
      C. McHugh (W, 1-0)2.02000200.540.9012.0
      W. Harris (H, 5)1.00000103.601.203.5
      K. Giles (S, 6)1.01000204.050.9010.0
      Total9.08332122---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole5.0
      C. McHugh (W, 1-0)2.0
      W. Harris (H, 5)1.0
      K. Giles (S, 6)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Barria7.04110702.131.0322.5
      J. Alvarez (L, 2-1) (BS, 3)0.13331002.891.18-12.0
      C. Bedrosian0.20000003.381.500.0
      J. Johnson1.00100003.181.323.0
      Total9.0754170---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Barria7.0
      J. Alvarez (L, 2-1) (BS, 3)0.1
      C. Bedrosian0.2
      J. Johnson1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 98-66, C. McHugh 32-23, W. Harris 17-10, K. Giles 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 2-4, C. McHugh 2-1, W. Harris 2-0
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 20, C. McHugh 7, W. Harris 3, K. Giles 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Barria
      • HBP - J. Barria (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Barria 96-65, J. Alvarez 24-14, C. Bedrosian 8-6, J. Johnson 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Barria 6-7, C. Bedrosian 1-1, J. Johnson 3-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Barria 25, J. Alvarez 5, C. Bedrosian 2, J. Johnson 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Reddick safe at first on Johnson fielding error, Gonzalez scored53
      • 8TH INNING
        Altuve doubled to left, Reddick, Gurriel and Bregman scored43
      • 5TH INNING
        Rivera homered to left center13
      • 4TH INNING
        McCann singled to left, Bregman scored12
      • 1ST INNING
        Upton homered to left center, Trout scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jim Johnson relieved Cam Bedrosian
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez safe at first on 2nd baseman Kinsler fielding error
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez stole second, Strike swinging, Gattis flied out to center
        • J. Reddick: Foul, Strike swinging, Reddick safe at first on Johnson fielding error, Gonzalez scored
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded into double play third to second to first, Reddick out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 2 Errors)
        • Ken Giles relieved Will Harris
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols singled to shallow right center
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons flied out to left
        • L. Valbuena: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Valbuena struck out looking
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jose Alvarez relieved Jaime Barria
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reddick doubled to left center
        • Yuli Gurriel hit for Derek Fisher
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Gurriel singled to right, Reddick to third
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Springer flied out to right
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked, Gurriel to second
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Altuve doubled to left, Reddick, Gurriel and Bregman scored
        • Cam Bedrosian relieved Jose Alvarez
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Correa reached on fielder's choice to second, Altuve out at home
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, McCann fouled out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Will Harris relieved Collin McHugh
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ohtani grounded out to second
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Upton grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McCann grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • E. Gattis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gattis lined out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Valbuena lined out to center
        • I. Kinsler: Kinsler doubled to deep right center
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Calhoun singled to right center, Kinsler out at home, Calhoun to second
        • R. Rivera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bregman flied out to deep left
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Altuve singled to shallow center
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Collin McHugh relieved Gerrit Cole
        • J. Upton: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pujols grounded out to third
        • A. Simmons: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Simmons grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Gattis grounded out to second
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • D. Fisher: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Calhoun flied out to center
        • R. Rivera: Rivera homered to left center
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
        • S. Ohtani: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ohtani singled to right, Trout out at third
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Bregman singled to left
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Altuve flied out to deep center
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Bregman to second on wild pitch, Correa grounded out to third
        • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann singled to left, Bregman scored
        • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pujols popped out to third
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Simmons singled to right
        • L. Valbuena: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reddick flied out to deep center
        • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Ball, Fisher popped out to shortstop
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • R. Rivera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rivera grounded out to first
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Trout struck out looking
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ohtani fouled out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, McCann singled to left center
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • E. Gattis: Gattis grounded into double play shortstop to first, McCann out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • L. Valbuena: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
        • I. Kinsler: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Barria Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer flied out to deep center
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Foul, Bregman flied out to right
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Altuve hit by pitch
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
        • S. Ohtani: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Ohtani struck out on foul tip
        • J. Upton: Ball, Upton homered to left center, Trout scored
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike swinging, Pujols flied out to center
        • A. Simmons: Simmons reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Simmons caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)