Mike Trout Hits First HR of Year in Angels Win over Astros

Mike Trout Hits First HR of Year in Angels Win over Astros

(AP) Trout, Hamilton HR, Wilson and Angels beat Astros
Associated Press
Mike Trout hit his first home run of the season and Josh Hamilton also connected, leading C.J. Wilson and the Los Angeles Angels over the Houston Astros 4-1 Sunday.

Trout put the Angels ahead for good with his solo homer in the third inning. He also doubled and scored three times.

Hamilton tripled and singled before hitting his second homer of the year, a two-run drive in the eighth.

Wilson (1-0) allowed one run and five hits in six innings. He struck out three and walked four.

The left-hander held the Astros to a pair of singles after giving up back-to-back doubles by Ronny Cedeno and Matt Dominguez with none out in the second.

Ernesto Frieri, the fourth Angels pitcher, got four outs for his second save.

Philip Humber (0-3) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings and struck out four. The Astros didn’t score a run in either of his first two outings for them, which he lost 4-0 loss to Texas and 3-0 at Seattle.

Trout, whose 30 homers, 83 RBIs and .326 average last season helped him win AL Rookie of the Year honors, gave the Angels a 2-1 lead. It was his first RBI in four games since manager Mike Scioscia switched him from first to second in the batting order.

Hamilton hit an opposite-field drive that just cleared the fence in left-center. He also homered in Saturday night’s 5-4 win.

One night after getting a successful suicide squeeze bunt from Marwin Gonzalez, Houston manager Bo Porter tried it again with Cedeno in the sixth with the Astros down by a run. But Wilson charged in and flipped the ball to Hank Conger for the tag on Carlos Pena.

The Angels got a run in the first when Trout doubled and scored from third on Josh Hamilton’s two-out infield single.

NOTES: The last three teams Humber has pitched for _ Oakland, Chicago and Houston _ claimed him off waivers. Of the 23 pitchers who have thrown perfect games in the majors, only Humber, Randy Johnson and David Wells started the following season with a different team. … Ten of Trout’s homers last season gave the Angels a lead. … Dominguez has played errorless ball at 3B through his first 11 games (43 chances). … Wilson is 3-0 with a 2.94 ERA in five career starts against the Astros.