A surprise member of the opening day roster righthander Brad Peacock was the first pitcher dumped out of the Astros’ rotation early this season. Chris Carter has stuck around all season leading the team in home runs and runs batted in while trying to ignore the loud critics who whine about his record strikeout pace.

On Friday Peacock and Carter showed why the Astros have stuck with them this year. They proved why Jeff Luhnow was so happy to acquire them in exchange for Jed Lowrie in February.

Peacock pitched 6 1/3 impressive innings and Carter drove in a career-high five RBIs to beat the Angels 8-2 before a crowd of 39074 on ‘80s night at Angel Stadium.

Peacock began the shuttle between Houston and Class AAA Oklahoma City in June returning briefly to pitch out of the bullpen before heading back down. He got the call back up to the majors on Aug. 4 soon after Bud Norris was shipped to Baltimore at the non-waiver trade deadline. Now it would be ridiculous to say the Astros have missed their former No. 1 starter.

Carter is also thriving extending his team lead to 23 home runs and 61 RBIs while Peacock makes the most out of his third stint of the season in the majors. He held the Angels to four hits and two unearned runs with two walks and five strikeout over 6 1/3 innings in the first game of the three-game series.

He has given up only six runs (four earned) over a combined 19 1/3 innings in his three starts for a 1.86 ERA since returning to the rotation this month. Jerome Williams gave up three runs on five hits and four walks with five strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings.

The Astros are now 3-1 on their three-city nine-game trip through Oakland Anaheim and Arlington. They had not won three out of four games since they won four out of five games from June 12-18.