Astros win 3rd in row with 5-0 victory over Angels

By Joe Resnick

Associated Press

Published: Friday, April 12 2013 11:48 p.m. MDT

Houston Astros' Marwin Gonzalez is tagged out steals second by Los Angeles Angels second baseman Howard Kendrick during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 12, 2013.

Chris Carlson, Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Bud Norris pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, Rick Ankiel drove in three runs, leading the Houston Astros to a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday in their first meeting as AL West rivals.

Justin Maxwell hit his first home run of the season, helping the Astros win their third in a row after six straight losses

Norris (2-1) struck out five and walked two.

Rookie manager Bo Porter used three relievers in the ninth to clinch the combined four-hitter.

The Angels, coming off a three-game sweep by Oakland, have lost five straight. Singles by Brendan Harris, Mark Trumbo and Hank Conger were their only hits against Norris.

The Angels are off to a 2-8 start, matching the worst in franchise history. The inaugural 1961 club also lost eight of its first 10.

Tommy Hanson (1-1) threw 108 pitches through five innings, giving up five runs, eight hits and two walks.

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