HOUSTON — Chad Qualls didn't hesitate in taking the blame after giving up the tiebreaking home run in the Houston Astros' latest loss.
"I just didn't execute the pitch I wanted to make," Qualls said after Mike Trout's second homer of the game in the eighth inning Friday night gave the Los Angeles Angels a 6-3 win over the Astros..
"I feel like I threw really good that inning," Qualls added. "To give up three runs kind of stings."
Qualls (0-1) didn't need to take it so hard on himself. The Astros wasted plenty of chances to take control of the game, going 1 for 5 with runners in scoring position and stranded six.
"We seemed to scratch and claw a couple of runs or one run at a time but never got multiple hits in a row," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "It's a tough one to lose because we got back to tie it up."
Trout became the youngest player in history with 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases. With 104 steals, he hit a two-run shot off Astros starter Roberto Hernandez on a full count in the sixth inning for his 100th homer, giving the Angels a 3-1 lead. At 23 years and 253 days old, Trout became the youngest player to accomplish the feat — breaking the mark set by Alex Rodriguez (23 years, 309 days old).
"Those are two good swings for him at a time when they needed it the most," Hinch said. "That's certainly the story of the game."
Kole Calhoun went 2 for 3 with a triple, a walk and three runs scored for Los Angeles in his first start since missing the previous four with tightness in his right calf.
Angels starter Jered Weaver gave up two runs and six hits in six innings. He seemed to tire his last two innings, and conceded the humidity might have played a factor. Houston was under a flash flood warning for much of the game and several Angels players said water was leaking from the roof in the outfield.
Hernandez gave up three runs and three hits while striking out six in six innings for Houston.
"We'll take outings like that from Roberto," Hinch said.
Evan Gattis went 2-for-4 with a double for the Astros, who fell to 2-5 at home.
Calhoun tripled to lead off the fourth inning and scored on Matt Joyce's sacrifice fly to put the Angels up 1-0.
"Definitely some missed opportunities," Castro said. "I think we started swinging the bats kind of all up and down the lineup a little bit better tonight."
MEETING WITH HAMILTON
Angels manager Mike Scioscia met with Josh Hamilton this week for the first time in months and said he isn't sure when the star will return to the team. Scioscia said he had dinner with Hamilton on Wednesday night when the Angels arrived in Houston. It was the first time Scioscia had seen Hamilton since the slugger self-reported a relapse into substance abuse. He declined to discuss many details of their meeting, except to say that Hamilton is running and hitting and that "there's still some work he has to do before he's ready to play a game."
Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel was presented with his 2014 Gold Glove in a pregame ceremony. He is the first Astros pitcher and eighth player overall to win the defensive honor
Angels: RHP Garrett Richards, who is recovering from left knee surgery, threw a bullpen session, and Scioscia said he will decide Saturday whether Richards gets another rehab assignment or pitches.
Astros: RHP Brad Peacock was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 15 with a left intercostal strain. "It's unbelievably frustrating," Peacock said of the injury, which he first felt during Tuesday's start against Oakland. Peacock was coming back from offseason hip surgery. ... Houston recalled RHP Asher Wojciechowski from Triple-A Fresno. Wojciechowski was sent down Monday night after pitching four shutout innings in relief to make room for Peacock on the roster.
Angels: LHP C.J. Wilson (1-1) takes the mound aiming to shake off a shaky start in which he gave up seven runs in 5 2-3 innings in a loss to Kansas City on Sunday.
Astros: LHP Keuchel (1-0) looks to continue to build on the success attained his breakthrough 2014 season. He tossed seven innings in his each of his previous two starts.