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Freese's big hit lifts Angels over Astros

Posted: July 3, 2014 10:23 p.m.
Updated: July 3, 2014 10:23 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels catcher Chris Iannetta, left, and relief pitcher Joe Smith celebrate their win 5-2 against the Houston Astros in Thursday's game in Anaheim.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — David Freese hit a two-run double, Matt Shoemaker pitched in and out of trouble for six innings, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Houston Astros 5-2 Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

Shoemaker (6-2) allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks, and worked with runners on base in every inning. The right-hander, who began the season in the bullpen, gave up eight runs and 11 hits in four innings on Friday in a loss at Kansas City. He had been 5-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his seven previous starts this season.

Shoemaker had seven strikeouts against the Astros, giving him 57 through his first 10 big league starts. That broke the franchise record of 56 set by Bo Belinsky in 1962.

Jason Grilli, obtained from Pittsburgh on Friday, pitched a scoreless eighth in his home debut, and Joe Smith worked a hitless ninth for his 10th save.


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