Wilson struggles, Altuve knocks in 5, Angels fall in Houston
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels were unable to overcome a tough start by C.J. Wilson on Tuesday night against the Houston Astros.
Jose Altuve had a career-high five RBIs to lead the Astros to a 10-5 victory in a game between the top teams in the American League West.
The Astros moved into a tie with the Angels for first place in the American League West.
Wilson (8-8) yielded six hits and six runs in four-plus innings.
"The way C.J. pitched tonight wasn't going to work anywhere," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He struggled. He struggled with just about everything he was trying to do."
The Astros fell behind by three early before tying it up with a three-run second inning featuring a two-run homer by Chris Carter and an RBI single by Altuve.
"I threw a ball right down the middle to Carter," Wilson said. "It was supposed to be a sinker, and he hit it about 415 feet into the bullpen, so that was bad."
Altuve drove in two runs in the fourth inning and tacked on another two with a double in Houston's four-run sixth to make it 10-5. He finished with three hits.
"Altuve in particular gets a lot of groundball hits, and it's sort of indefensible," Wilson said. "He finds holes. He's difficult to pitch to."
Chris Iannetta homered for the Angels, who played without Mike Trout because of an injured left wrist. An MRI showed no structural damage and he's listed as day to day.
Houston starter Collin McHugh (12-5) allowed seven hits and five runs with four walks in five innings for his third straight win.
Rookie Carlos Correa homered in the first as part of his three hits and Evan Gattis hit his career-high seventh triple for the Astros.
Conor Gillaspie put the Angels on top with an RBI double in the first, and they made it 2-0 when Erick Aybar grounded into a force out.
Houston cut the lead to 2-1 on Correa's two-out, opposite-field shot to right field in the bottom of the first.
Shane Victorino, who was making his debut with the Angels after a trade from Boston on Monday, singled to start the second. He scored on a single by Gillaspie. Albert Pujols added an RBI single with two outs to push the lead to 4-1.
Wilson plunked Luis Valbuena with no outs in the second before Carter's shot to the bullpen in right-center got Houston within 4-3. Wilson then hit former Angel Hank Conger with a pitch and made a gesture with his leg indicating that he thought Conger put his leg in front of the ball purposely.
"Hank and I are best buds, so, obviously, he knows I am not trying to do that on purpose," Wilson said. "Plus, it hit him in the leg, so I was like, `whatever.'"
Altuve, whose previous high in RBIs was four, singled with two outs to score Conger and tie it up, but was out trying to stretch it into a double.
The Astros trailed by one in the fourth before going back on top thanks to aggressive baserunning.
"We'd been playing good defense," Scioscia said. "Tonight was just not a good game."
Angels: OF Matt Joyce, who was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list after colliding with Aybar on Sunday, is feeling better and Scioscia said they'll have a better idea of when he'll return this weekend when he's re-evaluated. ... RHP Jered Weaver is scheduled to throw 60 pitches in a rehabilitation start with Single-A Inland Empire on Thursday. He hasn't pitched since June 20 because of an injured left hip.
Astros: INF Jed Lowrie, who has been out since April 27 because of a torn ligament in his thumb, will return to Houston on Wednesday to be re-evaluated after playing the fifth game of a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday night. ... RHP Samuel Deduno, who has been on the disabled list since May, will have arthroscopic surgery on his injured hip next week. Manager A.J. Hinch said the surgery will likely be season-ending.
After trading for Victorino on Monday, the Angels made two more deals on Tuesday. They added outfielders David DeJesus in a trade with the Rays and David Murphy in a deal with the Indians.
Houston rookie Lance McCullers opposes Garrett Richards when the series continues on Wednesday. The 21-year-old McCullers will be making his 13th major league start. He is 4-3 with a 2.60 ERA.