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

Posted April 19, 2017

However, as their scoring drought stretched to 21 innings, they were certainly wondering when they'd get back on track.

"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. "But the sooner the better".

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.

"You're always pleased any time you get an opportunity to help the team out to win", Pujols said. "If you're going to be a good team, you have to win the close ones, and Charlie did a great job tonight". I like the Astros to continue rolling here, so give me Houston to win. He's gone 10 for 34 after getting just one hit in his first 20 at-bats this season. He had runners on in every inning, including stranding the bases loaded in the second when he got Ben Revere to fly out.

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (1-2) delivered a solid start for Los Angeles, allowing two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts over six innings.

ANGELS KEY TRENDS: The Angels have lost six straight games and are 0-5 in their last five road games as well. The Astros are also 4-1 in Musgrove's last five starts and have won four of his last five outings against divisional rivals as well.

"It would have been nice if I was in the zone more, executing my pitches a little bit better", Morton said.

Bud Norris pitched a scoreless seventh in his first appearance at Minute Maid Park since being traded by the Astros in 2013.

Houston Astros' George Springer (4) celebrates with Alex Bregman (2) after defeating the Los Angeles Angels 3-0.

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. Astros SS Carlos Correa missed a second consecutive game with lingering soreness in his left hand. "It's early in the season so I don't want to be playing out there hurting right now", he said.

Astros: RHP Joe Musgrove (1-0) takes the mound for his third start Tuesday. OF Ryan LaMarre was designated for assignment. Morton, who had his first scoreless outing since April 12, 2016, when he threw 6 2/3 scoreless, has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his three starts this season.

Over on the Astros side, they're rolling with lefty Dallas Keuchel on Wednesday.