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Astros hold on to down reeling Angels

11:07 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Chris Carter blasted a three-run homer as part of a five-run third inning that lifted the Houston Astros to a 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the opener of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park.

Jose Altuve also homered for Houston, which had lost six straight and 10 of its previous 11 games. Robbie Grossman scored twice and stole his first two bases of the year, while Jimmy Paredes drove in a run with a double in the third during his first start of 2013.

Jose Veras threw a perfect ninth to save it for Jordan Lyles (1-0). who earned the win after striking out six in five innings of work. He was charged with three runs before giving way to the bullpen.

Mark Trumbo and Alberto Callaspo each homered for Los Angeles, which has dropped 10 of 13, while Howie Kendrick went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and has now hit safely in 16 of 18 games.

C.J. Wilson (3-1) struck out a season-high 12 batters for the Angels, but absorbed the loss after allowing all seven runs -- only two of which were earned -- in 6 1/3 innings.

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