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Freese get 4 RBIs in return as Angels beat Astros

  • Article by: JOE RESNICK
  • Associated Press
  • May 21, 2014 - 12:55 AM

ANAHEIM, Calif. — David Freese had a season-high four RBIs after getting reinstated from the disabled list, Tyler Skaggs pitched seven solid innings and the Los Angeles Angels scored five unearned runs against Scott Feldman to beat the Houston Astros 9-3 on Tuesday night.

Mike Trout had three RBIs in his second game of the season as a designated hitter, helping the Angels win for the ninth time in 12 games. It was only the third multi-RBI game this month for Trout, who hit a two-run double against Toronto's Mark Buehrle on May 12 and a walkoff three-run homer last Thursday against Tampa Bay's Brad Boxberger in the ninth inning of a 6-5 win.

Freese played for the first time since May 2, when he sustained a non-displaced fracture in the middle finger of his right hand after getting hit by a pitch from Texas' Colby Lewis. The 2011 World Series MVP had as many as four RBIs twice last season with the St. Louis Cardinals, including a grand slam against Milwaukee.

Skaggs (4-1) allowed five hits, struck out six and walked one, helping end Houston's three-game winning streak. The only run against the left-hander came on a sacrifice fly by Matt Dominguez in the fourth.

Feldman (2-2) was charged with eight runs and nine hits in four-plus innings in his third start off the DL, after missing three turns because of biceps tendinitis. The right-hander was undermined by his defense, as first baseman Chris Carter' and shortstop Jonathan Villar committed costly fielding errors in the first and fifth innings, respectively.

Houston's starting pitchers had allowed just six unearned runs combined in 265 innings entering Tuesday.

The Angels, who lead the majors with 35 first-inning runs, grabbed a 3-0 advantage after Carter misplayed a short-hop grounder by Albert Pujols. Feldman walked the next two batters, and Freese whacked a 1-1 pitch to left-center for a two-run single. Hank Conger then singled home Howie Kendrick.

Trout drove in the Halos' next two runs with a sacrifice fly in the second and an RBI single off Feldman's left foot in the fourth.

Houston's Darin Downs walked Erick Aybar with the bases loaded during the Angels' three-run fifth, and Trout greeted Jerome Williams with a run-scoring infield hit. Williams, who last season set career highs with 25 starts and 169 1-3 innings for the Angels, has made all 13 appearances with the Astros in relief — allowing 17 earned runs and 33 hits in 26 1-3 innings.

Williams struck out Pujols to end the fifth, making him 0 for 8 with the bases loaded. But Freese doubled home a run against Williams in the sixth to make it 9-1.

NOTES: Angels LF Josh Hamilton is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday. He's been out of the lineup since April 6, when he tore a ligament in his left thumb on a headfirst slide into first base at Seattle. ... The Astros (17-29) have won only once when scoring fewer than five runs. That was April 2, when they beat the Yankees 3-2 at Houston behind Jarred Cosart's five scoreless innings. Last year, Houston won 17 games with fewer than five and finished 51-111. ... The Astros haven't won more than three in a row since a four-game stretch last Sept. 9-13, which was immediately followed by a season-ending 15-game losing streak. ... The Angels were 10-6 during Freese's absence.

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