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Astros' Framber Valdez strikes out 11 in rout of Angels

Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez throws in the first inning of a game Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels, at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Photo by Trask Smith/UPI
Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez throws in the first inning of a game Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels, at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Photo by Trask Smith/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Starting pitcher Framber Valdez threw 11 strikeouts and allowed four runs in seven innings to lead the Houston Astros to an 11-4 rout of the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa drove in three runs in the victory at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

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Martin Maldonado, Josh Reddick, Michael Brantley and Kyle Tucker each collected two hits for the Astros. Angels outfielder Mike Trout went 0 for 3 and had two strikeouts in the loss.

The win helped the Astros (16-13) snap a three-game losing streak. The Angels (9-21) now have the most losses in Major League Baseball.

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Tucker gave the Astros a 1-0 lead with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the second inning. Reddick plated Yuli Gurriel in the same frame with an RBI single for a 2-0 edge. David Fletcher cut the Astros lead in half with an RBI single in the top of the third before the Astros responded with three runs.

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Angels left fielder Justin Upton hit his third home run of the season in the top of the fourth inning to make the score 5-2. Anthony Rendon and Albert Pujols each hit RBI singles for the Angels in the fifth inning to cut the Astros lead to one run.

Correa responded with a three-run double in the bottom of the sixth to push Houston's advantage to 8-4. Tucker hit an RBI double in the next at-bat to plate Correa for the Astros' ninth run.

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Astros outfielder Myles Straw hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning for the final two runs of the game.

Angels starter Patrick Sandoval allowed seven hits and five runs in 2 2/3 innings to move to 0-4 on the season. Fletcher went 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Angels.

The Angels again face the Astros at 4:05 p.m. EDT Tuesday in Houston.

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