Altuve's 4 hits, 4 runs lead Astros over Angels 10-4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Jose Altuve might be tired but it didn't show.
On a day where Houston manager A.J. Hinch considered giving the second baseman a day off, Altuve went 4 for 5 and scored four runs to help the Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-4 on Wednesday and completed the sweep of the three-game series.
It was the second time Houston has swept Los Angeles in the last two weeks. The Astros finished the six games with 37 runs. It was Houston's eighth straight win over their AL West rivals, extending the longest winning streak against Los Angeles in franchise history.
Houston has gone 35-20 since May 1, the third-best mark in the AL in that span.
Altuve, who extended his career-high on-base streak to 32 games, was a home run shy of the cycle and finished the series 8 for 14 with two RBIs and six runs.
''He and I talked late into the night last night and even a little bit this morning because he is a little tired, believe it or not, and he came in to talk about it early,'' Hinch said. ''We didn't connect and luckily, we didn't make the decision to take him out of the lineup.''
While Hinch said he may get a few days off during the next homestand, Altuve had to protest to stay in the lineup for Wednesday's series finale.
''He tried to give me the day off today and yesterday, but I didn't think that was a good idea,'' Altuve said. ''I just said it just to try to be in the lineup.''
The Angels, who left 12 men on base, finished the homestand 1-6 and went 8-18 over the month of June. The Angels are a season-high 15 games under .500 (32-47). It's the fewest wins the Angels have recorded in June since 1980.
The loss prompted a team meeting that Angels manager Mike Scioscia said was positive.
''We need to get better, and we're going to continue to work hard on that goal.'' Scioscia said. ''There's no sense looking back. We need to start getting some games on our terms and winning situations early, and get some guy coming in out of the pen making pitches, and right now we're struggling.''
Dallas Keuchel (5-9) limited the Angels to three runs and six hits over six innings to win his second straight decision.
''My fastball had a lot of life on it,'' Keuchel said. ''I was trying to kind of figure out where I needed to start the fastball and it took me a little bit I got it under control and finished strong.''
Jered Weaver (6-7) pitched into the sixth inning but left after giving up a one-out solo home run to George Springer. In his third loss in five starts, Weaver allowed six earned runs and seven hits, walked four and struck out three.
Houston added three runs in the ninth against Angels closer Huston Street, who has given up eight runs and 12 hits in his last six appearances.
Despite the win, Keuchel didn't seem entirely happy with the way home plate umpire Gerry Davis called the strike zone, lamenting the fact that he walked three batters.
''I feel like I have like 20 career walks when Gerry Davis is behind the plate,'' Keuchel said. ''He's a tight one and he's known for that.''
Angels: C Geovany Soto will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake. Soto played 20 games before undergoing surgery to repair a torn right meniscus. He placed on the 15-day DL May 18.
Astros: RHP Mike Fiers (5-3) made an early exit in his last start giving up three runs, two earned, in 4 1/3 innings against the Kansas City Royals. Fiers took a no-decision but the Astros have won in all five of his June starts.
Angels: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (2-4) is making his second trip to Fenway Park this season and his first with the Angels. Chacin previously recorded a win there as a member of the Atlanta Braves on April 28, but has lost three of his last four starts with Los Angeles.