Morton, 3 Astros relievers combine to 5-hit Angels, 3-0

Morton, 3 Astros relievers combine to 5-hit Angels, 3-0

Morton, 3 Astros relievers combine to 5-hit Angels, 3-0

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.

"To walk out of here with a nice clean win from a pitching standpoint ... we've just got to find different ways to win and today was a unique one", Hinch said.

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve, right, hits a sacrifice fly to score George Springer. "Getting grip strength back is tough and until he has that, I'm going to sit him", Hinch said.

The Astros offense was never able to string together a big inning, but they did manage to pepper the Angels with nine hits, scoring one run in each of the second, third, and eighth innings.

Chavez gave up seven hits and struck out five batters in his third start with the Angels this season.

Jesse Chavez (1-2) allowed two runs and seven hits over a season-high seven innings.

"Any time there's a close game, there's a little more pressure, but those are the types of games we like to play in", Bregman said. "Last two games haven't worked our way, but we put ourselves in position to have a chance".

Alex Bregman was inserted into the lineup at shortstop in place of Correa, who is considered day to day.

"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. Hinch called Correa day to day.

Tonight's matchup will have Ricky Nolasco (0-2) for L.A. and Joe Musgrove (1-0) for the Astros. The 33-year-old journeyman opened the campaign with a win versus Seattle, allowing one run while striking out six in 5 2/3 frames on April 7. The right-hander struck out the side in the sixth and has struck out seven of the last nine batters he has faced.

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