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
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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