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Astros use 8-run inning to pound Angels, 13-6

Apr 8, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) speaks with Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado (15) during the third inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros erupted for eight runs in the seventh inning to break open a close game and beat the host Los Angeles Angels 13-6 Friday night in Anaheim, Calif.

The Astros had 14 hits in all, including six home runs.

Jose Altuve, Aledmys Diaz, Alex Bregman and Jeremy Pena each hit a solo home run. Kyle Tucker hit a three-run homer and then added a solo blast for Houston, which got contributions from the entire lineup.

All nine batters in the Astros starting lineup scored at least one run, eight of nine had at least one hit and seven of nine drove in at least one run. They hit in the clutch as well, going 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

The Angels scored a couple runs in the first inning against Astros starter Jake Odorizzi but didn’t score again until the game was out of reach. Jared Walsh had three hits for Los Angeles, but Mike Trout was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Astros reliever Rafael Montero (1-0) got the win over Angels reliever Oliver Ortega (0-1).

The Astros took the lead in the top of the first inning when Altuve led off the game with his first homer of the year, hitting a 93-mph fastball on a 3-1 pitch from Angels starter Reid Detmers over the fence in left-center.

The Angels responded in their half of the first against Odorizzi with two runs to take a 2-1 lead. They missed a chance for more when Astros left fielder Michael Brantley threw out Walsh at home, who was trying to score from second on a single by Brandon Marsh, to end the inning.

Singles by Shohei Ohtani, Anthony Rendon and Walsh, and a passed ball by Astros catcher Martin Maldonado resulted in the two runs for the Angels.

The Astros scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before breaking the game open with eight runs in the seventh inning and a 12-2 lead.

Detmers lasted four innings, getting a no-decision after allowing two runs on three hits and two walks, striking out three. Odorizzi also lasted four innings and got a no-decision, giving up two runs on six hits, striking out two and walking none.

–Field Level Media