Keuchel, Reddick lead Astros to 5-1 win over Angels

Shortstop Carlos Correa will not be in the Houston Astros' lineup Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels because of a bruised right hand. "It was huge", Reddick said of his performance. "Not just my day, but in general to be able to drive in runs and score them at the same time". He woke up this morning, didn't feel great, still some lingering soreness. "He's doing something special right now". Los Angeles is just 1-5 in Shoemaker's last 6 starts against the Astros.

The home run was Pujols' 593rd HR of his career and 29th at Minute Maid Park (the most HR's he has hit at any park).

Chavez, a former Fontana A.B. Miller High School star, held the Houston Astros to two runs in seven innings in a Major League game in Houston, but he suffered a 3-0 defeat. Springer was on third after hitting a single and a Josh Reddick soft single to short center field.

Keuchel (3-0) gave up one run on eight hits, striking out seven and walking one in seven innings. Keuchel has allowed two home runs in four starts after allowing 20 in 26 starts last season.

"I might have shagged out there once", said Maybin, adding that he "would make sure in the following days and weeks I kind of rotate and get comfortable". With JC Ramirez set to face Dallas Keuchel in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 8.5 runs.

Chris Devenski came in for two flawless innings in which he struck out the side in the sixth and added one more in the seventh for good measures.

"I gave us a chance", Chavez said.

The Astros pitchers sat down the last 14 batters for the Angels to get the shutout. I like what I did today but I threw too much offspeed. "I thought we had a good approach against him". Two batters and a pair of pitching changes later, Evan Gattis drove in Reddick from third, extending the lead to 3-1. In 10 innings of work, he's allowed eight earned runs while striking out six and walking four. His previous best was six against Atlanta on June 15, 2016.

"The two-run homer at the end was really big for us to have a little bit of breathing room with the top of the (Angels) order coming up", Hinch said. "I think he had a nice blend of all his breaking stuff and used his fastball effectively". "If you're going to be a good team, you have to win the close ones, and Charlie did a great job tonight". "He pitched a strong game".

Correa hasn't played since Saturday and he'll only be available as a pinch-hitter tonight.

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

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