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Castro's homer helps Astros beat Angels 6-3

Published: Saturday, Aug. 1 2015 4:06 a.m. MDT

Houston Astros' Brandon Barnes hits a RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, May 31, 2013.  (Jae C. Hong, Associated Press) Houston Astros' Brandon Barnes hits a RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, May 31, 2013. (Jae C. Hong, Associated Press)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jason Castro's leadoff homer triggered a three-run fourth and Dallas Keuchel pitched seven effective innings, leading the Houston Astros to a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

Keuchel (2-2) allowed two runs and six hits, struck out four and walked none in the opener of a four-game series. The 25-year-old left-hander was making his fifth start after beginning the season in the bullpen.

Paul Clemens came on in the eighth with the Astros leading 6-2 and gave up Erick Aybar's first homer of the year before walking two batters. But then Travis Blackley retired Josh Hamilton on a popup with runners at the corners, and Jose Veras pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 12 chances.

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