Three-run blast by Pujols helps Angels over Astros, 5-2
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 10:59
In fact, their four runs in the fifth were more runs than they had scored in any game during the six-game losing streak.
HOUSTON - The Angels' six-game losing streak, which began with the pitching struggling and morphed into an offensive outage, is over. At the site of many of his biggest home runs, Pujols launched one more against the Astros, snapping the Angels' six-game losing streak with one vicious swing. "I'm glad we came out with a win". Houston is also 7-1 in Keuchel's last eight Wednesday starts, and 27-9 in Keuchel's last 36 home starts.
Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons snapped an 0-for-11 skid with his opposite-field, solo homer off Musgrove in the second. Ramirez allowed four hits and five runs in his first career start, a loss to Kansas City on April 14.
"I felt like I threw the ball well tonight", he said. "I never like to be as sporadic, especially with my sinker because it was all over the place". Unfortunately, that would be the last time the Astros held the lead on the night.
"It couldn't have come at a better time", Cameron Maybin said.
Jesse Chavez (1-2) allowed two runs and seven hits over a season-high seven innings.
That Morton posted five scoreless innings was a feat of sleight of hand, as he found trouble two outs into the first inning and failed to produce a clean frame. "So they give me another day. Last two games haven't worked our way, but we put ourselves in position to have a chance".
Altuve had a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 in the third and hit an RBI double in the eighth. He'd advance to second on a single by Yunel Escobar. "If you're going to be a good team, you have to win the close ones, and Charlie did a great job tonight".
Altuve was key defensively in the fourth, turning an inning-ending double play that erased Martin Maldonado after a one-out single.
"I don't think it's pressing, but you're always trying to keep your finger on the pulse of what the frustration level is", Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We got back last night after the long flight and he felt OK".
Houston Astros starting pitcher Joe Musgrove delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Houston.
The four runs the Angels managed in that inning surpassed their total of three in the previous 40 innings. The right-hander struck out the side in the sixth and has struck out seven of the last nine batters he has faced.