HOUSTON -- It didn't take long for Cameron Maybin to reassert himself as a key offensive catalyst for the Angels.After being activated from the 10-day disabled list on Friday, Maybin went 3-for-4 with a walk, four runs and a career-high four stolen bases -- matching a franchise record as well
HOUSTON -- It didn't take long for Cameron Maybin to reassert himself as a key offensive catalyst for the Angels.
After being activated from the 10-day disabled list on Friday, Maybin went 3-for-4 with a walk, four runs and a career-high four stolen bases -- matching a franchise record as well -- in a 9-4 win over the Astros at Minute Maid Park. He became the 12th Major League player since 1913 to log four steals and four runs in a game, a feat last accomplished by Carl Crawford in 2006.
"I just really enjoy creating some havoc out there, putting some pressure on the guys," Maybin said. "I've always been pretty good at getting bags. Tonight they didn't do a great job of holding me. I got some really good jumps out there."
Maybin, who batted leadoff and played center field, returned to the lineup following a nine-game absence caused by a left oblique contusion, but he didn't miss a beat in his first game back from injury.
Maybin opened the game with an infield single and stole second and third before scoring on Luis Valbuena's bases-loaded walk to give the Angels a 1-0 lead in the first. Maybin continued to wreak havoc on the basepaths in the fourth, when he led off with another single, stole second and advanced to third with none out on catcher Brian McCann's throwing error. He scored on Kole Calhoun's subsequent RBI single to extend the Angels' lead to 5-2.
The 30-year-old outfielder later walked and collected his fourth steal in the sixth, matching a single-game franchise mark. In his final at-bat in the eighth, Maybin lined out to third baseman Alex Bregman.
"I wish he would have spent one more day on the DL, to be honest," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "He can create a lot of havoc. He does create some issues for us on the bases. He obviously had a good night at the top of their order."
Maybin's table-setting skills will be especially crucial with the injury to superstar Michael Trout, who is projected to miss six to eight weeks with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. Though the Angels' offense was inconsistent over the first two months, it has started to pick up the slack in Trout's absence, and has been boosted by the resurgence of players like Calhoun, who drove in three runs on Friday, and Valbuena, who recorded two RBIs.
Though they were shut out by the Tigers on Wednesday, the Angels have now scored 20 runs in their last two games, allowing them to climb back to .500 at 32-32.
"There's so much focus on Mike not being in the lineup," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Even with Mike doing what he was doing, you guys saw the first third of our season, our lineup was not deep. We were not pressuring teams the way we needed to. We weren't hitting with guys in scoring position. Guys just weren't in their game. Without Mike, we've seen more guys getting into their game."
• Trout, who underwent surgery to repair a torn UCL in his left thumb on May 31, had the stitches removed on Tuesday, and he has been running and playing catch. The next big step for Trout will be to pick up a bat, though that benchmark is not imminent.
• Left-hander Tyler Skaggs (right oblique strain) threw off the mound on Friday. He is not eligible to be activated off the 60-day disabled list until the end of the month.
• The Angels had hoped to get relief ace Cam Bedrosian back from the disabled list this week, but the 25-year-old right-hander's return was delayed after he aggravated his strained right groin. Bedrosian is slated to throw off the mound again on Saturday.
Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.