Keuchel goes to 14-0 at home as Astros top Angels

Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:24am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Dallas Keuchel pitched splendidly into the eighth inning as the Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 on Monday.

Keuchel (18-8) allowed one run on six hits and one walk with six strikeouts over 7-2/3 innings.

Shelled for a career-high nine runs last week at Texas, Keuchel returned to his dominating form at home to record his 14th win at home. Keuchel has a 1.47 ERA and 129 strikeouts over 17 home starts this year.

"I really didn't feel that well heading into it," Keuchel said. "It was one of those things; I knew I had to battle.

"All in all, I'll take it, but definitely frustrating based on some of those base hits."

The Astros (80-71) extended their lead for the second American League wild card to three games over the idle Minnesota Twins and 3-1/2 games over the Angels (76-74).

Second baseman Jose Altuve, right fielder George Springer and shortstop Carlos Correa keyed the Houston attack going a combined 8-for-12 with three runs and four RBIs.

"When they put it together, it's pretty fun, isn't it?" Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.

"It's a difficult trio to get through, especially when they get going one after another. Whether it's speed, whether it's power, whether it's quality at-bats, when all three of those guys are locked in, it's a pretty special group."   Continued...

Sep 21, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) walks off the mound after a pitching change during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park.  Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports