Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Matt Dominguez laced his second-career grand
slam to help guide the Houston Astros to a 9-7 win over the LA Angels of
Anaheim in the first of three from Minute Maid Park.
Jonathan Villar and Trevor Crowe each belted three hits in the victory with
Jose Altuve going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and two runs scored. Houston
plated three in the third and six in the fifth to win its fourth straight
Dallas Keuchel (6-10) picked up the win despite allowing six runs on 10 hits
in 5 2/3 innings, and Josh Fields tossed a perfect ninth for his fifth save.
"I felt really good," Keuchel said. "We got the win and that's all that
Mark Trumbo and Andrew Romine drove in two each in the losing effort as the
Angels dropped a game for just the third time in their last nine tilts.
Trumbo started the scoring in the third inning with a two-RBI triple to
center, his second of the season.
The Astros responded in the home half when Altuve laced a home run to right, a
three-run shot off Jason Vargas (8-7) that scored L.J. Hoes and Brandon
"That was just a changeup that was in the middle of the plate," Vargas said of
the pitch to Altuve.
Iannetta led off the top of the fourth with a solo shot to left and Romine
singled home Kole Calhoun for a 4-3 lead, which lasted until the bottom of the
fifth when Houston put up a six-spot to put the game away.
Cody Clark, Barnes and Altuve all singled around Villar's pop bunt out before
Crowe plated a pair with a single to center. Vargas then hit Brandon Laird
with a pitch before giving way to Cory Rasmus, who served up a grand slam to
The Halos got two back a half inning later. Iannetta doubled and scored on
Romine's infield single to the right side and Erick Aybar followed with a
double to left-center.
Kevin Chapman walked Collin Cowgill and Romine to begin the eighth and was
lifted in favor of Josh Zeid, who was struck with an Aybar line drive but
stayed in the game with the bases now loaded. Howie Kendrick popped to short
right field for the first out but Mike Trout drew a walk for a 9-7 score. Zeid
got out of trouble when Trumbo grounded into a double play.
Trumbo now has 95 RBI, matching his career-best from 2012 ... Trout walked
three times, extending his major league leading total to 97 ... Vargas was
reached for eight runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings ... Clark's single was
his first major league hit after beginning his career 0-for-25.
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