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within one out of his second consecutive shuto
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Dallas Keuchel came within one out of his second consecutive shutout and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 Monday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season. Jason Castro and Matt Dominguez drove in runs during a three-run first inning for the Astros, who knocked around Garrett Richards (4-1) for 10 hits in the opener of a 10-game road trip. Keuchel (5-2) followed up his first career shutout with another gem, yielding five hits and striking out eight. He didnt allow a runner past second base until the ninth, when manager Bo Porter pulled him after two-out infield singles by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. Howie Kendrick followed with a two-run triple off Josh Zeid, who got C.J. Cron on a grounder to end the Angels third loss in 11 games. Dexter Fowler and Chris Carter also drove in runs for the Astros (17-28), who still have the ALs worst record despite six wins in their last eight games. Keuchel baffled the Angels, whose only hits in the first seven innings were back-to-back singles by Pujols and Kendrick in the fourth. Keuchel retired Los Angeles next 10 batters until Grant Green led off the eighth with an infield single. Keuchel improved to 5-1 in his last eight starts. He has yielded four runs, 18 hits and one walk over 25 1-3 innings in three straight dominant outings. Houstons bats also are improving just in time for a three-game series at Angel Stadium, where the Astros have won seven of their last eight. The Astros have at least nine hits in nine straight games for the first time since June 2007. Richards yielded a season-high 10 hits and five runs over seven innings, leaving him with just two wins in his last seven starts. Jose Altuve extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a leadoff double in the first. He advanced to third on Richards major league-leading 10th wild pitch and then scored when Richards comically lobbed a pickoff attempt into left-field foul territory. Castro and Dominguez followed with run-scoring singles. Fowler drove in another run with a two-out single in the second, but cost the Astros a second run when he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double while George Springer was running home from first. Castro doubled and scored on Carters single in the third. Richards retired the next seven Houston batters and finished strong. NOTES: Fowler drew a walk in his career-best ninth consecutive game, the first Houston player to accomplish that feat since Morgan Ensberg in 2006. ... Angels LHP Hector Santiago, who lost his job in the rotation and hadnt pitched in eight days, retired all six batters he faced in relief. ... Opening-day starters Kole Calhoun and David Freese both had extra-base hits during rehab assignments with Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday night. 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Rob Holding Arsenal Jersey . -- Damian Lillard couldnt believe when he got a clear look at the rim.Mitchell Mann grew up with the dream of playing football at Wembley but will settle for snooker at the Crucible after earning a World Championship debut. The Birmingham-based 24-year-old locked in his place at the tournament with a nail-biting 10-9 win over Thai showman Dechawat Poomjaeng on Wednesday, in the final qualifying round at Ponds Forge.Now he awaits Thursdays first-round draw, when along with the likes of fellow qualifiers Ding Junhui, Peter Ebdon, Ali Carter and Graeme Dott, he will be paired with a top-16 seed. At the age of eight, he was diagnosed with Perthes disease - a condition that rots the hip bone - and had to give up footballing ambitions.But Mann found a passion for snooker thanks to dad Jeff, and the biggest win of his career secures a minimum £13,000 in prize-money, and a return to the venue where in 2007 he won Junior Pot Black.I used to play football when I was a kid and signed for Birmingham City - although Im a Villa fan, Mann said.I had some pains in my leg one day and we went to the hospital and had X-rays and they said it was growing pains. The pain never went away so we looked into it further and found out it was Perthes disease and Ive had to have numerous operations on my hip, and they told me I could never do high-impact sports again.dddddddddddd.When I was bored in the house one night, my dad took me to a local snooker club and Ive never looked back. I dont really follow the football much anymore - when you support Aston Villa, you dont want to be following that. Peter Ebdon has also qualified for this years tournament Mann will be the only debutant at this years World Championships and is relishing the opportunity of playing on snookers biggest stage.You cant argue, it is snookers Wembley. It doesnt get much bigger than the Crucible, so Im looking forward to it, he said.Im buzzing inside. I think I was always going to do some sort of sport and Im glad its snooker now with this kind of feeling.My dad has remortgaged his house about five times to keep me going. Also See: Photos Bet £5 Get £20 free Get Sky Sports ' ' '

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