HOUSTON (AP) — Cristian Javier threw another gem, scored a career best 14 while allowing just one hit in seven innings to take the Houston Astros to an 8-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on fridaynight.
The 25-year-old was brilliant in his first start since striking out 13 in seven innings of a combined no-hitter against the Yankees on Saturday. Shohei Ohtani was the lone Angels-runner to give up Javier and hit a homer with two outs in the first.
Javier (6-3) sailed through the rest of his appearance, eliminating the next 19 batters before leaving with a standing ovation after seven innings. He got an assist from his defense when Chas McCormick made a jumping flyout just in front of the wall in left field for the first of the sixth to deprive Andrew Velazquez of a goal.
A pair of relievers completed the combined two-hitter, and Houston pitchers struckout a total of 16 batters.
Yuli GurrielJake Meyers and McCormick all homered for the Astros when they jumped on Angels starter Michael Lorenzen (6-6) for eight runs in just three innings and crawled to their fourth win in a row.
Ohtani gave the Angels an early lead with his homerun before the Astros got going.
They tied the score when Gurriel homered to left-center to start the Houston in second. There was one out in the inning when Meyers hit his first homerun this season on the rightfield seats to give Houston a 2-1 lead.
Houston scored six times in the third. Jeremy Peña led off the third on third baseman Tyler Wade’s error, Kyle Tucker followed with a single and Alex Bregman hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1.
Gurriel walked, JJ Matijevic doubled, Meyers followed with an RBI single and McCormick homered to make it 8-1.
Peña returned after missing Thursday’s game after a nasty in-field collision with Yordan Alvarez on Wednesday, but Alvarez was out.
Lorenzen gave up eight hits in his third consecutive loss.
Astros: Houston manager Dusty Baker said Alvarez was feeling better on Friday but wasn’t ready to return, citing his status as day-to-day. … Jason Castro was placed on Friday’s 10-day injured list with left knee discomfort and Houston’s No. 2 prospect C Korey Lee was called up from Triple-A Sugar Land to take his spot on the roster. Lee made his Major League-debut as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, then popped out.
Angels who catch coach Bill Haselman will serve as the team’s acting interim manager on Sunday and Tuesday, while acting interim manager Ray Montgomery and interim manager Phil Nevin serve out their suspensions for last week’s bench-clearing brawl with the Mariners. . RHP Ryan Tepera appealed his suspension of the altercation and had it reduced from three to two games and began serving him out Friday night.
Houston’s José Urquidy (6-3, 4.36 ERA) faces left-handed Patrick Sandoval (3-2, 2.63) as the series continues on Saturday.
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