Tuesday, June 28, 2016

MLB Recap: Houston Astros (7) vs. Los Angeles Angels (1) - 6/28/2016

MLB Recap: Houston Astros (7) vs. Los Angeles Angels (1) - Date: 6/28/2016 Carlos Correa hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Houston Astros beat Tim Lincecum and the Los Angeles Angels 7-1 on Tuesday night for their ninth win in 10 games. Correa went 3 for 4 and matched his career high with four RBIs as Houston easily improved to 34-20 since May 1. Good Return on Investment. The Astros also beat the Angels for the seventh straight time, their longest winning streak in the rivalry's history. Lincecum (1-2) couldn't get through the fifth inning in his third start for the Angels, yielding seven hits, four walks and five runs. It was his second straight bumpy outing after a promising debut. Scott Feldman (5-3) yielded three hits in five innings to win his first start since April 24 for the Astros. Albert Pujols' third-inning sin gle drove in the only run for last-place Los Angeles (32-46), which has lost eight of nine. Before the game, general manager Billy Eppler said manager Mike Scioscia's job is not in jeopardy with the Angels, whose injury-riddled starting rotation has been their biggest obstacle. Lincecum has a 6.75 ERA after three starts for the Angels, who signed the longtime San Francisco Giants star to patch that rotation. While he struck out seven Astros, he also struggled with control - throwing just 55 strikes in 101 pitches - and served up too many hittable balls to the Astros' surging lineup. Lincecum was in trouble again after four Houston batters. He started with a four-pitch walk to George Springer, and Jose Altuve also drew a four-pitch walk before Correa put his 13th homer far over the left field fence. Marwin Gonzalez tripled in the fourth and scored on Carlos Gomez's double. Colby Rasmus' one-out single in the fifth chased Lincecum, and Gonzalez bunted home Houston's fifth run moments later. Feldman, who spent the past two months in the bullpen, was solid while winning a start for the first time this season, allowing no earned runs or walks. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. TRAINER'S ROOMAstros: Feldman filled in for RHP Lance McCullers, whose rotation turn was skipped due to a blister. McCullers expects to return Monday for his next start. Angels: 3B Yunel Escobar missed another game with a bone bruise in his left knee. Scioscia hopes he is available Friday in Boston. ... C Geovany Soto is closing in on a rehab assignment after working out in the bullpen Tuesday. He has been out since mid-May after knee surgery. UP NEXTAstros: Dallas Keuchel (4-9, 5.35 ERA) beat Kansas City last week for his first win in five June starts, but the AL Cy Young winner's weird season continues. Angels: Jered Weaver (6-6, 5.24 ERA) has been solid in recent weeks, but had a rough outing against Oakland earlier in this homestand. He has a 3.26 ERA in 10 career games against Houston.