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Castro's 3-run shot in the 9th lifts Houston to a 3-0 win over Angels and a series sweep

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HOUSTON — Jason Castro hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Houston Astros a 3-0 victory and a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.

The win moves first-place Houston two games ahead of the Angels in the AL West.

PHOTO: Los Angeles Angels' Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Los Angeles Angels' Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

It was 0-0 to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Jed Lowrie drew a walk off Jose Alvarez (2-2) with one out before a two-out single by Marwin Gonzalez. Castro then launched his two-out shot off Fernando Salas into the seats in right field to give Houston the win.

Luke Gregerson (4-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

Scott Kazmir allowed three hits and struck out five in 7 2-3 scoreless innings in the first start for the Astros in his hometown and his second since a trade from the Oakland Athletics.

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