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Gattis hits 2 home runs in Astros' 7-2 win over Angels
Evan Gattis had two home runs and four RBIs in his return to the lineup, Collin McHugh threw six strong innings and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 on Saturday night.
Gattis sat Friday with a bruised right hand after being hit by a pitch Wednesday. He came back Saturday and launched a three-run homer into the Crawford Boxes in left field in the second inning and added a solo shot off the facade in left-center in the fourth to give Houston a 5-0 lead.
It was his sixth career multihomer game and first since hitting a pair Aug. 26, 2015, against the Yankees.
Carlos Correa had a solo home run to right in the fifth.
McHugh (7-6) allowed two runs on six hits with six strikeouts in six innings. He continued his string of solid outings, allowing two runs or fewer for the sixth time in his last seven starts.
Houston has won 10 straight against the Angels. It tacked on a run in the third when Jered Weaver (8-8) hit Preston Tucker with the bases loaded, scoring George Springer. Springer knocked an RBI single in the fourth.
Ji-Man Choi had a solo home run to the upper deck in right field to lead off the fifth, and Andrelton Simmons hit an RBI single in the sixth for the Angels.
Weaver was roughed up for six runs on seven hits in four innings. The right-hander has struggled against Houston this season, allowing 16 runs in 15 1/3 innings.
Astros: C Jason Castro was out of the lineup Saturday after being hit on the back of his right hand on a foul tip in the ninth inning Friday. "This morning he felt it was okay," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He took a few swings and felt a little bit of soreness, so I decided to scratch him."
Angels: Los Angeles called up Carlos Perez from Triple-A Salt Lake. Perez started at catcher and went 0 for 3. The Angels optioned C Juan Graterol to Salt Lake.
Astros: 3B Matt Duffy was claimed off waivers by Texas on Saturday. Duffy was designated for assignment July 16. ... Houston announced the signing of 22-year-old Cuban SS Anibal Sierra on Saturday.
Angels: RHP Tim Lincecum (2-3) will make his seventh start of the season Sunday and is looking for his second straight win.
Astros: RHP Mike Fiers (6-4) will make his 18th start of the season and look to bounce back from two straight starts of four innings or less, including Monday's outing in Oakland where he was tagged for six runs in 3 2/3 innings.