HOUSTON (AP) — Matt Dominguez hit a grand slam to give the Houston Astros a big lead in their 9-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
Dominguez's hit was nice, but the Astros were far more excited about a single that started that inning.
That hit was by Cody Clark and it was the first of his major league career in his 11th big league game.
"I think that was one of the happiest moments of the season," manager Bo Porter said. "Some people may think it's one hit, but ... you appreciate just the story line of the whole thing. Eleven years in the minors, getting an opportunity to come to the big leagues and being able to live out your dreams. It couldn't happen to a better guy."
First base coach Dave Clark (no relation) greeted Cody Clark with a hug as the player smiled sheepishly. Many of the Astros stood and cheered on the railing of the dugout while Jose Altuve jumped in the air and pumped his fist to celebrate the milestone.
"It was amazing," Cody Clark said. "I can't even describe it because they've been so supportive of me. Every day they're telling me 'You're going to get it. Don't worry; you're going to get it.' It was good to score a run and get in there and give them all high-fives and hugs."
Altuve hit a three-run homer in the third as the Astros got their fourth straight win.
The Astros trailed by 1 entering the fifth before Trevor Crowe singled in two runs to put Houston up 5-4. Dominguez then hit his 20th homer off the wall in left field to extend the lead to 9-4.
Dallas Keuchel (6-9) yielded 10 hits and six runs, but tied his career high by striking out nine in 5 2-3 innings for his first win since July 27. Josh Fields struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his fifth save.
Houston tagged Angels starter Jason Vargas (8-7) for nine hits and a season-high eight runs in 4 1-3 innings.
"This is one of the most unusual nights we've had in the last three weeks," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "We just didn't get it done on the mound."
Mark Trumbo hit a two-run triple in the third and Chris Iannetta hit a solo homer in the fourth for Los Angeles, which dropped to 10-7 against Houston this season.
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