Jerome Williams wants to be a starter for the Angels next season.

Williams kept on making his case Sunday winning a third straight start for the first time since April 2004 as the Angels beat Houston 2-1 to send the Astros to their 98th loss.

Houston a big league-worst 51-98 is on the verge of becoming the first major league team to reach triple figures in losses in three consecutive seasons since Kansas City from 2004-06. The Astros were 56-106 in 2011 and dropped to 55-107 last year their final year in the National League.

Williams (8-10) entered following wins over Tampa Bay and Toronto and he gave up one run and five hits in seven innings.

"This team is a real good team" said Williams who began the season in the bullpen. "I would love to come back and be part of this team and hopefully make that run for next year."

A veteran of 10 seasons Williams knows he has to produce.

"I just have to keep on working" Williams said. "I think I have two more starts and I just have to keep building on it.

"I can't control what happens after; all I can control is what I'm doing on the mound right now. That's what I'm trying to do and let everything else fall into place."

Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Williams has pitched solidly since moving into the rotation in May.

"He's given us chances to win" Scioscia said.

Williams benefited from solid defense and a two-inning relief appearance by Ernesto Frieri who earned his 34th save in 38 chances.

"It was a good defensive game for us" Scioscia said.

Josh Hamilton had a run-scoring triple in the first against Paul Clemens (4-5) a drive off the glove of center fielder Brandon Barnes as he went up Tal's Hill. Mike Trout had reached base with his AL-leading 100th walk.