- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston interim manager Tom Lawless couldn’t have asked for a better first game to start his managerial career.

Jose Altuve had four hits for the second straight night, Brad Peacock threw 6 1-3 solid innings and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 on Tuesday night.

Altuve became the first Astro to accomplish that feat since Lance Berkman did so in May of 2008. Altuve’s homer in the third extended Houston’s lead to 4-0 and was his sixth straight plate appearance with a hit.

“God, he’s the best player ever right now,” Peacock said of Altuve. “He’s unbelievable to watch. He plays hard. He swings the bat really well.”

Altuve, who leads the majors with 193 hits, appreciated the compliment.

“Every time that your teammates give you that support it’s going to feel good because you’re playing outside not only for the fans, but you’re playing for your teammates too,” Altuve said. “If they see me that way, I really appreciate it.”

Lawless took over after the Astros fired Bo Porter on Monday.

Robbie Grossman had three hits, including an RBI double in the fifth and Jason Castro added two hits and two RBIs as the Astros jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the fifth.

Peacock (4-8) gave up three runs on four hits and struck out five in earning his first win since July 8 at Texas. Houston has won four of its last five.

Lawless, who was given the game ball and drenched with water after the game, said winning first the game as a manager ranked pretty high in his career.

“They made it look easy,” Lawless said. “They came out playing. They did a nice job. We had great pitching. Brad did a great job of pounding the strike zone and mixing up his pitches.”

Gordon Beckham had three hits, including the first two hits off Peacock, for the Angels, who saw their six-game winning streak snapped.

Peacock retired 15 of the first 17 batters he faced, with Chris Iannetta being the only other baserunner he allowed with a fifth inning walk.

Beckham scored on an error in the sixth and drove in Erick Aybar in Los Angeles’ two-run seventh. Aybar extended his hit streak to a career-high 17 games with a double in the seventh.

The Astros jumped on Los Angeles starter C.J Wilson (10-9) early, scoring three runs in the first.

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