Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Beltran's first Houston homer helps Astros top Angels 2-1

Beltran's first Houston homer helps Astros top Angels 2-1

"Playoffs maybe. But I don't remember where".

He threw seven solid innings, Josh Reddick finished a single shy of the cycle and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-1.

Beltran's previous homer for Houston came on October 17, 2004, in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series against St. Louis, capping a postseason in which he hit eight homers with 14 RBIs in 12 games.

Angels: RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-2) makes his fourth start of the season Tuesday in the second game of the four-game series. "It's easy when McCann puts down some quality fingers and makes me look better than I am". "I think Brian's been good for him to emphasize pitching in before going straight to the changeup and getting hitters to respect both sides of the plate".

Morton threw five scoreless innings surrendering five hits and two walks while accumulating three more punch-outs in the 3-0 win.

"I thought we battled him", Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Keuchel.

Meanwhile, the Astros are 19-7 in their last 26 Wednesday games, and 4-1 in Keuchel's last five starts. Musgrove was a touted prospect before making his debut on August 2, and the 10 starts he amassed late last season paved the way for his solid performance in spring training and led to him breaking camp with the team for the first time.

Houston starter Joe Musgrove (1-1) allowed eight hits and five runs in five innings for the loss.

Trout's homer was the only extra-base hit on Thursday for the Angels, who have lost eight of their last nine games.

Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on April 14, 2017 in Oakland, California. That means the list of position players still looking for their first 2017 long ball is down to four: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Evan Gattis, and Carlos Beltran. Houston had runners at second and third with two outs before he retired Nori Aoki to end the game.

McCullers plunked Kole Calhoun with one out in the first inning and walked Maybin with two outs in the second inning.

Martín Maldonado and Yunel Escobar hit consecutive singles in the fifth before scoring on a double by Trout, which sailed just out of reach of a diving Springer to score Maldonado and tie it. Pujols then connected on his homer - a soaring shot that landed on the train tracks atop left field - to put Los Angeles up 5-2.

Astros: Houston placed right-handed reliever Jandel Gustave on the 10-day DL with tightness in his right forearm and called up right-hander James Hoyt to take his spot on the roster. Devenski has struck out at least three batters in each of his four appearances this season. The nine strikeouts were a career high. It was his second career save, and he believes working through the jam in the ninth inning on Thursday will help him in the future. "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". "I learned a lot last year going into this year, which has definitely made me a little more comfortable. Especially in a tight situation like that, so it was good". "Just everything you could possibly want from a catcher, he's got. We've got a seven-game homestand (up next)". The Angels optioned C Carlos Perez to Triple-A Salt Lake, while calling up C Juan Graterol prior to the game.

In three starts this season, Shoemaker has yet to post a quality start. Over three starts this season, Keuchel holds a 2-0 record, a 0.86 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 21.0 innings.

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