ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels can't lose at Angel Stadium.
It seems that way, at least, after they secured their 10th consecutive victory at home Sunday against the Houston Astros, a 6-1 decision.
With a two-run single in the third inning, Albert Pujols had the key hit that gave the Angels the runs they needed, and they tacked on throughout.
Kole Calhoun homered and had three hits, and Mike Trout, Erick Aybar and Hank Conger added hits.
Right-hander Garrett Richards started and threw 7 1/3 smooth innings for the win, his 10th of 2014. He struck out a career-high 11 men, a season-high for any Angel pitcher.
He walked only one batter and allowed only one extra-base hit.
In relief, new left-hander Joe Thatcher allowed a hit to Jason Castro on his first pitch as an Angel and was promptly removed, but right-hander Mike Morin finished the eighth without issue and Fernando Salas pitched a perfect ninth after being activated from the disabled list earlier today.
The Angels (51-36) have won 16 of their last 17 games at Angel Stadium. The last time they won 10 straight at home was April 7-May 5, 1996.
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