McCullers stable again, Tucker homers, Astros beat Angels 3-1

HOUSTON (AP) — Lance McCullers Jr. threw six stable innings, Kyle Tucker homered and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 on Sunday.

McCullers (12-4) favorite one trudge on three hits with seven strikeouts.

“I become once being aggressive,” McCullers said. “Not attempting to desire too noteworthy, especially early. … I factual wished to in finding within the zone, wished to present our crew some dimension.”

He won his third straight decision and has allowed two runs or fewer in three straight starts.

“He pitched forward within the count more customarily than no longer, and he historical his fastball doubtlessly bigger than he had early within the count to in finding strike one,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “He threw some great breaking balls for strike three, and he threw some very right fashion changeups. He had a right fashion tempo going. He wasn’t in be troubled very noteworthy.”

After Juan Lagares tied it 1-1 within the fifth with a homer to left, Tucker hit a two-trudge homer to lawful-center off Jose Quijada (0-1) within the bottom of the inning.

Since coming off the injured list on Aug. 24, Tucker is 25 for 59 with 11 extra-harmful hits, along with three home runs.

“I’ve been seeing the ball if fact be told neatly and attempting to hit it on the barrel and no longer scamper pitches,” Tucker said. “I am factual attempting to realize my job and in finding on harmful and in finding some runs.”

Shohei Ohtani, the Angels’ two-capability superstar, went 1 for 3 with a stroll on the day Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. tied him for the most main league lead in homers at 44.

Los Angeles manager Joe Maddon lamented the Angels’ neglected alternatives within the most main two innings. That they had runners on first and 2d with out a outs in each frame.

“The early innings, that become once the game,” Maddon said. “That’s big in opposition to McCullers. He’s a fashion of guys — fancy heaps of right fashion pitchers — who will increase can possess to you let him up, after which he did. You ogle at the entirety of the game, had we been able to earnings a itsy-bitsy bit bit there, it might maybe well maybe possess made a large distinction.”

Yuli Gurriel had four hits, along with an RBI single within the most main to present Houston a 1-0 lead.

“We acquired barely enough to preserve,” Baker said. “You want more, and we’ll in finding more. It’s indispensable to preserve low-scoring games factual fancy it be crucial to preserve high-scoring games. … The main factor, it doesn’t matter what the in finding is as long as you contact home plate any other time than the opposition.”

Within the seventh, lawful fielder Lagares slipped going for Gurriel’s single nevertheless recovered to throw it to 2d baseman David Fletcher, whose relay throw acquired Alex Bregman at the plate.

Ryne Stanek pitched a highest seventh, Kendall Graveman labored the eighth and Ryan Pressly closed it out for his 24th keep.

LA’s Jaime Barria yielded one trudge on four hits with four walks and six strikeouts in four innings.

“I thought he fought,” Maddon said. “I if fact be told loved it. Upright a high pitch amount. Quite about a beefy counts, big counts. … He aloof had some tempo there at the ruin. I factual fancy lots the capability he battled via it.”


Angels: OF Jo Adell become once out of the lineup after crashing into the outfield wall on Saturday. Adell become once sore within the lend a hand hip and bottom home the attach he hit the wall, Maddon said.

Astros: OF Michael Brantley is day-to-day after leaving Saturday evening’s sport with lawful knee soreness, Baker said. … C Jason Castro (lawful knee discomfort) and INF Taylor Jones (neatly being and security protocols) are position to originate up rehabilitation assignments with Triple-A Sugar Land, Baker said.


Carlos Correa dove to his lawful and laid out to rob a line force by Fletcher within the fifth. After the play, McCullers tipped his cap to Correa to original his appreciation.

McCullers said it become once one in every of essentially the easiest performs he has considered from Correa.


Angels: LHP Packy Naughton (0-1, 2.57 ERA) will produce his third originate up of the season Tuesday within the opener of a three-sport sequence at the Chicago White Sox. Naughton pitched five scoreless innings in his last originate up Tuesday at San Diego.

Astros: RHP Jake Odorizzi (6-7, 4.28) will originate up Monday within the opener of a four-sport sequence at the Texas Rangers. Odorizzi has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last four outings.


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