Fister, high-powered offense fuel Astros past Angels
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[June 21, 2016]
HOUSTON -- Doug Fister extended
his winning streak to seven games and the Houston Astros provided
him ample run support in their 10-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels
on Monday night at Minute Maid Park.
Five starters recorded multi-hit games and every member of the
lineup reached base at least once, with catcher Jason Castro joining
the hit parade with his sixth home run to lead off the seventh
Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa also went deep in support of Fister
(8-3) as the Astros (35-36) won for the 10th consecutive time in a
game Fister started. Carlos Gomez and Colby Rasmus recorded three
hits apiece to pace an offense in which seven different starters
scored at least once.
The Angels (31-39) had won four of five but fell to 7-11 this month.
Second baseman Gregorio Petit belted his first career grand slam -
and the first for the Angels this season - off Astros left-hander
Tony Sipp with one out in the ninth. Pat Neshek got the final two
outs for his first save.
The Astros were quick to pounce on Angels right-hander Jhoulys
Chacin with three runs in the first inning as Rasmus and Gomez
delivered run-scoring singles after Correa produced an RBI
Houston pulled the same trick in the third, with Gomez, Luis
Valbuena and Evan Gattis recorded run-scoring hits in succession to
double the lead to 6-0 and chase Chacin.
For Chacin, the damage was severe. He surrendered six runs (five
earned) on six hits and five walks in just two innings. Thirty seven
of Chacin's 72 pitches were strikes, a total reflecting his
inability to command pitches.
Fister worked around a two-out Correa fielding error in the first
inning and set the Angels down in order in the second and fourth. He
stranded Yunel Escobar at third base in the third and induced an
inning-ending double play from Petit in the fifth. It wasn't until
the sixth inning that the Angels broke through with two outs while
Even then the Angels required some aid, with Gomez
taking a poor route on Albert Pujols' fly ball to center field,
playing an apparent out into an RBI double. C.J. Cron followed with
a blast to left-center field to score Pujols and pull the Angels to
within five. But when Fister returned to the hill in the seventh, he
set the Angels down in order to cap his strong outing.
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Astros starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) delivers a pitch during the
first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park.
Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Fister allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with five
strikeouts. He recorded his club-leading 11th quality start of 2016.
NOTES: Astros UTL Marwin Gonzalez made his 25th start at first base,
second on the team to rookie Tyler White (40 starts), who was
recently demoted to Triple A Fresno. Gonzalez is becoming a fixture
at first base despite his extensive experience as a middle
infielder. ... Angels RHP Joe Smith is scheduled to throw a bullpen
session while the club is in Houston, the next step in his rehab
after playing catch three days in a row and throwing off a mound on
Sunday. Smith was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 7
(retroactive to June 5) with a left hamstring strain. Smith is one
of nine Angels currently on the disabled list. ... The Astros
announced the signing of five players from the 2016 first-year
player draft, including Seminole State IF Abraham Toro-Hernandez
(fifth round, 157th overall). Of the Astros' top 10 selections, only
Alamo Heights RHP Forrest Whitley (first round, 17th overall) and
Oklahoma State RHP Tyler Buffett (seventh round, 217th overall)
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