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InTENse Game Sees Angels Secure 93rd Victory

Though the offense scored just five runs (compared to an average of 9 per game in the nine games prior), Jered Weaver struck out 12 in a glimpse of his 2011 form, while Mike Trout's three extra-base hits fueled ample offensive support in a win over Houston.

"DiSar, is this what a September is supposed to feel like?"
"DiSar, is this what a September is supposed to feel like?"
Stephen Dunn

Ten straight wins. Doesn't it just feel amazing?

The team has now scored 86 runs in its past ten games and allowed a mere 34. Jered Weaver struck out 12, walked just one, and allowed only one earned run across seven sweet innings, in which he looked like the Weaver of old. Mike Trout's ten total bases came on two home runs and a double, as he drove in two of the team's five runs on the night. The other three runs came via a bases-loaded walk to Albert Pujols, a Howie Kendrick single and an Erick Aybar groundout.

Kendrick continues to rake out of the cleanup spot this season (loads more then Josh Hamilton has thus far), to the tune of a .321 batting average and a .923 OPS. Trout, meanwhile, raised his un-Troutly average to .290 with his three-hit power showcase, in which he made a mockery of Astros starter Scott Feldman.

Weaver's seven innings were followed by a shaky eighth from Kevin Jepsen (one earned run on two hits, but two strikeouts), while Huston Street allowed just one hit in the ninth for his overall 38th save on the season (14th as an Angel), lowering his ERA to 1.31 overall (1.63 as an Angel).

The Angels are now 93-55, a beautifully staggering 38 games over .500, 11 games up on Oakland, who narrowly edged the Mariners in 10 innings. With 14 games to go on the season, the Angels have a magic number of four, and need just seven wins to tie the all-time single-season franchise record for wins in a season (100) and eight to break it.