ANAHEIM (AP) — Jefry Marte homered and scored twice and Daniel Wright earned his first major league victory to help the Los Angeles Angels defeat the Houston Astros 7-1 on Friday night.
In Wright’s ninth big league appearance, he limited the Astros to one run and six hits while striking out five. Wright (1-5), who was claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on Sept. 4, became the 24th pitcher to get a win for the Angels this season, setting an American League record. The Texas Rangers previously held the record with 23 winning pitchers in 2014.
Mike Trout set a club record with his 114th walk of the season, breaking Tony Phillips’ previous Angels record set in 1995. Trout stole two bases, bringing his season total to 29.
The Angels broke the game open with a four-run second inning. Brad Peacock (0-1) loaded the bases with no outs for Kaleb Cowart, who doubled to empty them. Kowart took third on the throw, allowing him to score while Ji-Man Choi was caught in a rundown two batters later.
Marte led off the third inning with his 14th home run. The Angels scored twice in the fifth inning when Andrelton Simmons’ two-run single chased Peacock.
Making just his fifth start this season, Peacock was charged with seven runs — five earned — and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five.
Astros: 3B Alex Bregman has been shut down for the remaining three games. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said the team decided not to risk further irritation of his recent hamstring injury.
Angels: RHP Jered Weaver is questionable for his Sunday start, which could be his final with the Angels. Weaver left his last start with tightness in his back and Jhoulys Chacin will likely start in his place.
Astros: RHP Collin McHugh will try to remain undefeated in the month of September when he starts the second game of the series. McHugh is 3-0 this month but his September win streak dates to 2014, as he’s gone 11-0 over the last three seasons, the longest active streak of any its kind for any major league pitcher. In three starts against Los Angeles this season, McHugh is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA.
Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs will make his first start since Sept. 9, when he was removed from the rotation with a mild flexor pronator strain in his pitching arm. Skaggs will face the Astros for the first time since June 5, 2014. He’s 3-3 with a 4.13 ERA in 10 starts since returning from Tommy John surgery this season.
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