"This season of baseball and life in general is so short — don't get caught up in the struggles, just enjoy," Hamilton said. "It's fun when you remember it's a game you played your whole life, since Little League. Nothing has changed inside the lines."

It sure seemed that way Sunday when Hamilton hit what is known as a "Little League home run," a double that, combined with an error, resulted in Hamilton's circling the bases in the decisive two-run eighth inning of a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park.

C.J. Wilson (8-5) gave up one unearned run and three hits in seven innings, striking out 10 batters, and Mark Trumbo hit his team-leading 18th home run, a solo shot to right field in the fourth inning, to help the Angels complete their first 6-0 trip since Sept. 3-8, 2002, when they swept Tampa Bay and Baltimore.

Though the Angels (39-43) gained only two games on first-place Texas in the American League West on the trip — they're nine games back — they moved to within four games of .500 for the first time since May 30.

"Any time you go on a streak like this, it builds confidence," said Howie Kendrick, who singled and scored in the eighth inning. "We're getting a lot of big hits with runners in scoring position. Josh has had some big hits, and that's huge. He's coming to life, and we need that."

Hamilton was batting .207 when the Angels arrived in Detroit on June 24. With nine hits, including four doubles, in 21 at-bats and four runs batted in on the trip, he raised his average to .223.