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By ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  Last updated 8/17/13
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Carter hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high five runs, and Brad Peacock didn't allow an earned run while pitching into the seventh inning of the Houston Astros' 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Robbie Grossman drove in a run and scored during a three-run fifth for the major league-worst Astros (40-81), who have won three of four for the first time since June 18. Peacock (2-4) earned his first victory since April 10 after two hard-luck losses following his return to the rotation. The rookie yielded four hits and two unearned runs, striking out five. Hank Conger drove in a run during his first multihit game since June 30 for the foundering Angels. They've lost 15 of 21, including five straight at home. Grant Green got the first run-scoring hit of his major league career for the Angels, but Jerome Williams (5-9) extended his skid to 11 straight winless starts to open this matchup of the AL West's bottom two teams. After a sacrifice fly in the fifth and a run-scoring single in the seventh, Carter connected for his 23rd homer in the ninth. Matt Dominguez followed with a solo shot off Joe Blanton for the Astros' fourth back-to-back homers this season. That was more than enough to protect a win for Peacock, who has allowed four earned runs in 19 1-3 innings over three starts since returning from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Houston has won six of eight at the Big A during its first season in the AL West, even sweeping a four-game series in early June. The Astros hadn't won another road series until earlier this week, when they took two of three in Oakland. Williams, 0-7 during his winless skid, yielded five hits and four walks before getting chased in the fifth by Jason Castro's bases-loaded walk. Mike Trout reached base in his 38th straight game, extending the second-longest streak in Angels history. The All-Star outfielder also reached over the left-field fence to steal a homer from Brandon Barnes in the second inning. After four scoreless innings in which Williams had to work much harder than Peacock, Houston finally scored on three straight hits to open the fifth, with Grossman driving in L.J. Hoes. Jose Altuve and Castro then drew walks during difficult plate appearances, with Castro forcing in a run on Williams' 99th pitch. After Carter singled home Brett Wallace in the seventh for Houston, the Angels chased Peacock with three straight hits, including Green's RBI single with one out. Green, the Anaheim native acquired in a recent trade with Oakland, has been batting over .400 with the Angels, but hadn't driven in a run. Reliever Josh Zeid escaped a seventh-inning jam by getting Peter Bourjos to ground into a double play, and Kevin Chapman got a popup from Josh Hamilton with a runner on to end the eighth. Hamilton went 0 for 4, returning to his miserable home form after the 125 million slugger went 11 for 29 over the past week. Angels right-hander Kevin Jepsen left the mound in the seventh after Dominguez's liner hit him in the pitching hand, leaving a bruise. NOTES: Houston RHP Chia-Jen Lo pitched the ninth, making his seventh straight scoreless appearance to open his major league career. ... The Angels wore their 1989 softball-style jerseys and blue caps on 80s Night at the Big A. ... Los Angeles 1B Albert Pujols is out of the walking boot on his injured left foot, but still doesn't know whether he'll return to the lineup this season. The three-time MVP slugger has said he would return if healthy, even if the Angels' season is essentially over. ... The Angels activated Bourjos before the game, ending his second lengthy stint on the disabled list. Bourjos broke his right wrist June 29 against Houston.
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