Morton, 3 Astros relievers combine to 5-hit Angels, 3-0
Apr 19 2017
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. He had runners on in every inning, including stranding the bases loaded in the second when he got Ben Revere to fly out. Ken Giles earned the save striking out two in the ninth to close the game. Jose Altuve led the way coming out of last week with 15 hits and seven runs, while Carlos Beltran had 13 hits and five RBI in that span.
"The zeroes that our team put up, Devenski comes in and does what Devenski does, Luke comes in and has a clean inning and that's probably the best Giles has pitched and looked in a while for him", Hinch said.
Altuve had a sacrifice fly in the third inning that scored George Springer and an RBI double in the eighth off Yusmeiro Petit that brought home Josh Reddick, who opened that inning with a double.
Alex Bregman was inserted into the lineup at shortstop in place of Correa, who is considered day to day.
Offensively the Astros first scratch in a run after Evan Gattis reached second on a single and an error on Angels' third baseman Yunel Escobar on an errored throw to first base.
Trout batted third and played center field.
In the eighth, Altuve would drive in Reddick on a double to center. In 10 innings over his first two games, Chavez has given up six runs.
Chavez pitches on the road for the first time in 2017 after two vastly different starts at home to begin the season, including Wednesday's loss to Texas in which he surrendered five runs and five hits - two homers - over 4 1/3 innings.
Manager AJ Hinch reiterated Tuesday that Correa (hand) is truly day-to-day, MLB Network Radio reports.
Angels: RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-2) makes his fourth start of the season Tuesday in the second game of the four-game series.
First pitch will be at 7:10 from Minute Maid Park.