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Gattis' early homer sets stage for Verlander

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ANAHEIM -- Evan Gattis drilled a 389-foot homer in the second inning to help the Astros earn a 2-0 victory over the Angels at Angel Stadium on Wednesday. It was his third home run in his last five games.

Gattis was given the opportunity after Josh Reddick reached on a fielding error by third baseman Zack Cozart with two outs. Two pitches later, Gattis roped his fourth home run of the season.

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ANAHEIM -- Evan Gattis drilled a 389-foot homer in the second inning to help the Astros earn a 2-0 victory over the Angels at Angel Stadium on Wednesday. It was his third home run in his last five games.

Gattis was given the opportunity after Josh Reddick reached on a fielding error by third baseman Zack Cozart with two outs. Two pitches later, Gattis roped his fourth home run of the season.

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With Justin Verlander getting the start in the rubber game of the series, the Astros are trying to protect a one-game lead over the Angels in the American League West.

Before going 0-for-4 against the Angels on Tuesday, Gattis had a season-long six game hitting streak in which he hit .350 (7-for-20) with two homers, four RBIs and a 1.081 OPS.

Avery Yang is a reporter for MLB.com.

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