Angels 4, Houston 3
KEY MOMENT: With the score tied, 3- 3, and runners at first and third with one out in the eighth inning, Daniel Robertson stepped in to face Astros reliever Will Harris. Robertson fouled off a pitch on a bunt attempt, but with the count 2- 1, he dropped a bunt to the first- base side. First baseman Chris Carter fielded the ball but tossed it past catcher Jason Castro for an error as Erick Aybar scored. Aybar had led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and stole third.
AT THE PLATE: Albert Pujols hit two home runs and drove in three runs. He also reached on an error in the first inning and walked in the third. Aybar had two hits for the Angels. Kole Calhoun and Chris Iannetta also had hits.
ON THE MOUND: Left- hander Hector Santiago gave up only one run and two hits in six innings but got a no decision against the Astros for the second time this season. Trevor Gott pitched a scoreless seventh before Joe Smith gave up two runs in the eighth. Huston Street earned the victory.
EXTRA BASES: Mike Trout of the Angels leads among American League outfielders in balloting for the July 14 All- Star game in Cincinnati, according to an update released by Major League Baseball on Monday. Trout, the reigning AL most valuable player, has 9,148,142 votes, which puts him ahead of Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain, who has 9,079,146 votes, and Royals teammate Alex Gordon ( 7,810,995) …. Manager Mike Scioscia did not mince words when asked, after ESPN’s latest report regarding Pete Rose’s gambling, whether he thought Rose belonged on the Hall of Fame ballot: “We’ve survived PEDs. This game will never survive gambling. Will never. So the fact of the rule is very clear. If there’s an allusion that anybody in this game is making bets on performance, whether it’s pro or con, baseball will just unravel. That’s why the penalties are very stiff. And if all the allegations are true against Pete, that’s the price he has to pay.”
INJURY REPORT: Scioscia said that preliminary tests on pitcher Jered Weaver’s injured left hip showed “no structural” damage. Weaver was placed on the 15- day disabled list because of hip inflammation on Sunday. Scioscia told reporters that Weaver “won’t pick up a ball for five days, and then we’ll just try and see where he is and move forward from there.” …. Outfielder Collin Cowgill, who has been sidelined because of a wrist injury, will start to swing a bat Wednesday.
UP NEXT: Left- hander C. J. Wilson ( 5- 5, 3.39 earned- run average) faces the Astros’ Collin McHugh ( 7- 3, 5.04) at 7 p. m. at Angel Stadium. TV: FS West. Radio: 830, 1330.