Thursday, 27 April, 2017

Three-run blast by Pujols helps Angels over Astros, 5-2

Morton, 3 Astros relievers combine to 5-hit Angels, 3-0 Astros SS Correa out of lineup with hand injury
Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:41

Trout also drove in a run as they scored more runs than they had in their previous four games combined. "I said last night I had to mix my pitches". "Getting grip strength back is tough and until he has that, I'm going to sit him", Hinch said.

Chavez gave up seven hits and struck out five batters in his third start with the Angels this season. But he was picked off trying to steal second base and McCullers retired the next two batters to end the inning.

"To walk out of here with a nice clean win from a pitching standpoint ... we've just got to find different ways to win and today was a unique one", Hinch said. "I never like to be as sporadic, especially with my sinker because it was all over the place".

Correa, who is mired in a 2-for-18 slump in his last four games, is batting.234 with one homer and three RBIs in 12 games this season. The Astros are winners of six of their last seven and watched Josh Reddick fall a single shy of the cycle on Wednesday.

First pitch will be at 7:10 from Minute Maid Park. McCullers is 2-1 with a 2.09 ERA in six career starts against the Angels. He went just 4.1 innings, giving up eight hits and five earned runs. "That's all. Being able to give us a chance and with our offense they're capable of anything. We've got a seven-game homestand (up next)".

He batted second and played center field.

"We did a good job of capitalizing tonight", Alex Bregman said.

Pujols has 54 career home runs against the Astros, the most by any player against Houston. The Angels, who have lost six straight, were shut out in consecutive games for the first time since July 28-29, 2012, against Tampa Bay.

"Ben's going to get his share of starts for sure and Cam's going to play a lot", Scioscia said.

The Los Angeles Angels' offensive breakout lasted only one game as Dallas Keuchel made sure their bats stayed silent on Wednesday. Hinch called Correa day to day.

"I think we're playing how we should be playing..." McCullers does not feel though that the team is ahead of schedule, even considering it took them almost a month longer to accomplish this many wins last season. He woke up this morning, didn't feel great, still some lingering soreness.

Astros: RHP Joe Musgrove (1-0) takes the mound for his third start Tuesday. Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (0-2, 5.40 ERA) will get the start for the Angels on Tuesday night.

Dallas Keuchel is only 21 innings into his season but already on numerous occasions has remarked on his chemistry with new Astros catcher Brian McCann.