Keuchel, Reddick lead Astros to 5-1 win

Josh Reddick goes woo!
(c) Houston Chronicle

Dallas Keuchel outdueled Anaheim starter J.C. Ramirez and Josh Reddick smacked three extra-base hits to lift the Astros to a 5-1 win over the Angels Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. Keuchel fanned seven in seven innings and improved his record to 3-0 for the year.

Reddick slapped a triple just out of the reach of leftfielder Jefry Marte in the first inning and came home with the first run of the game when Jose Altuve followed with a single. The Angels tied it up in the third with a double off the bat of Danny Espinosa and a run-scoring single by Yunel Escobar.

Alex Bregman led off the fifth with a double and came home on Yuli Gurriel's 1-out grounder up the middle to put the Astros back in the lead. Ramirez appeared to be on the ropes when he walked Marwin Gonzalez, but George Springer's hard grounder to second turned into an inning-ending double-play to keep the score at 2-1.

Reddick got another rally started with a leadoff double in the sixth. Two outs and two pitchers later, Evan Gattis singled Reddick home with Houston's third run of the game. Reddick added a 2-run homer in the seventh off Mike Morin and the Angels were unable to mount anything resembling a comeback against Keuchel and relievers Ken Giles and Will Harris.

The win helped the Astros maintain a 3-game lead in the West over the Oakland Athletics, who trounced the Arlington Rangers 9-1 earlier in the day. Lance McCullers gets the starting assignment for Houston in Thursday's 1:10 CDT series finale. The Angels send Matt Shoemaker to the mound in an attempt to gain a split of the 4-game set.

- Greg Thurston