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

Posted April 19, 2017

By striking out the side in the sixth inning Monday night, Astros RHP Chris Devenski reached 20 strikeouts in 10 innings, matching the team record for the fewest innings to reach 20 strikeouts.

I guess win streaks can't last forever.

Morton (1-1) worked in and out of trouble over five innings, allowing five hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Andrelton Simmons snapped the scoreless streak with an opposite-field homer in the second inning, his second of the season. "I never like to be as sporadic, especially with my sinker because it was all over the place". They're 5-14 in their last 19 games versus Houston and 6-17 in their last 23 games in Houston.

"It couldn't have come at a better time", Cameron Maybin said.

Chavez gave up seven hits and struck out five batters in his third start with the Angels this season.

"I gave us a chance. Last two games haven't worked our way, but we put ourselves in position to have a chance".

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Houston Astros' Jose Altuve, right, hits a sacrifice fly to score George Springer. He'd advance to second on a single by Yunel Escobar.

The bottom third of the Angels order - Simmons, second baseman Danny Espinosa and catcher Martin Maldonado - went a combined 5-for-11 with a walk.

"He threw a ton of strikes tonight and they were able to foul off a lot of pitches, extend some innings", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Musgrove. "I think the process is right it's just one of those times right now where we're not getting enough guys on base early in innings and getting that big hit".

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was out of the team's lineup for the second consecutive game Tuesday after sustaining a right hand contusion Saturday in Oakland.

The Angels are 4-1 in their last five games versus a left-handed starter, and 7-2 in their last nine game threes of a series.

Houston Astros' Norichika Aoki hits a single in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Houston. Musgrove will be looking for his second straight win after allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings his last start April 11 at Seattle. After such a quick inning, he stayed out in the ninth and locked up his third save of the season.