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Josh Hamilton's home run in 10th gives Angels 6-5 win over Astros

August 17, 2013|By Jim Peltz
  • Angels Manager Mike Scioscia pleads his case with second base umpire Eric Cooper after Houston Astros' L.J. Hoes was called safe at second during the ninth inning. The call was eventually reversed.
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia pleads his case with second base umpire Eric… (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)

Josh Hamilton's solo home run in the 10th inning gave the Angels a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.

It was Hamilton's seventh career walk-off hit and his second this season. On July 6, also at Angel Stadium, Hamilton hit a walk-off homer to defeat the Boston Red Sox.

His blast off reliever Josh Fields followed an unusual play in the ninth inning. With the score tied 5-5, Houston's L.J. Hoes singled to right field and tried to stretch it into a double.

Angels right fielder Collin Cowgill threw the ball to Erick Aybar, who applied a tag to Hoes, but second base umpire Eric Cooper said the tag was missed and called Hoes safe.

But then the umpires huddled over the call, reversed it and ruled Hoes was out, prompting a vehement argument from Houston Manager Bo Porter.

Aybar had tied the game 5-5 in the seventh inning with a single that scored Trout, Aybar's second run-scoring hit of the game.

Mark Trumbo also had three runs batted in with a solo home run and two-run triple.

Houston had taken a 5-4 lead on an odd play in the fifth inning. After Houston's Brett Wallace slugged a two-run home run to tie the game, 4-4, Chris Carter hit a deep fly ball that Cowgill appeared set to catch as he ran to his right.

But Cowgill apparently lost track of the ball, because the ball sailed well over his head. Altuve scored and the Astros took the lead.

All five runs came against Angels starter Garrett Richards, who overall gave up 12 hits in his six-plus innings.

Trumbo got the Angels going in the second inning when he drove a pitch from Houston starter Dallas Keuchel over the 400-foot sign on the center-field wall. It was Trumbo's 27th homer of the season.

Houston took a 2-1 lead when they parlayed four consecutive singles against Richards into two runs in the third inning.

After Cowgill and Trout singled in the third inning, both scored on Trumbo's triple and then Trumbo scored on Aybar's double to give the Angels a 4-2 lead at the time.


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