Astros 3, Angels 0: Pitching strong in shutout

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Astros 3, Angels 0: Pitching strong in shutout

They wasted a strong start from right-hander Jesse Chavez (1-2), who allowed two runs, seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven innings.

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

Charlie Morton pitched five strong innings tonight, but the real story on the pitching side of things was Chris Devenski, Luke Gregerson, and Ken Giles combining to pitch four ideal innings of relief - it doesn't get much better than that, folks.

Morton seeks his first win of the season after coming up empty in two turns against Seattle to begin his tenure with Houston, giving up a total of 12 hits over 11 innings. "If you're going to be a good team, you have to win the close ones, and Charlie did a great job tonight". Mike Trout was also playing well with 14 hits, six runs and 10 RBI in that span. Escobar and Trout combined to go 0-for-7 on Sunday.

After having capitalized on late-inning opportunities while winning four consecutive games on the road, the Houston Astros showcased on Monday night an impressive ability to strike early when their chances were few and far between.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Correa out, Josh Reddick (132 wRC+,.174 ISO vs RHP since 2015) moves up to the 2nd spot and Carlos Beltran (117 wRC+,.196 ISO) hits cleanup. "We got back last night after the long flight and he felt OK. It's a fairly easy decision if he has as much soreness as he has to give him another day off". Nolasco lost his last start Thursday, allowing five runs on eight hits, but he is 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA in five games at Minute Maid Park. Devenski has struck out at least three batters in each of his four appearances this season. If Correa is unavailable once again, Alex Bregman will likely get the start at shortstop.

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