HOUSTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels finally showed off their high-powered offense to win their first game of the season.
Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Kole Calhoun all homered to help the Los Angeles Angels get their first win of the season with an 11-1 rout of the Houston Astros.
After being swept in a three-game series against Seattle to begin the season and scoring just eight runs over the three games, the Angels equaled that in the first six innings Friday.
"I think with a game like this, hopefully, we build confidence," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Hopefully, on the offensive side we build confidence."
Trout hit a solo homer in the first inning and Hamilton hit a three-run drive in the sixth off Jerome Williams that made it 8-1. After Erick Aybar's RBI single, Calhoun added a two-run shot off Williams in the seventh.
"As competitors, five out of eight games, we are capable of doing something like that," Hamilton said. "The talent is there. We don't go out and try to do that every day. We go out and have the at bats we are going to have. That's contagious. That's the mentality we have."
Trout also threw out Marc Krauss at the plate in the second inning to keep the Astros off the scoreboard.
Garrett Richards (1-0) allowed one run on three hits with five walks and seven strikeouts in five innings.
"It's not just me, it's all of us," Trout said. "It just happens that I got a home run, but look at Josh tonight. . We just have to keep pushing together, and we pitched well tonight with Garrett getting out of some battles and jams."
Lucas Harrell (0-1) was roughed up for five runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts in three innings.