Fiers, McCann lead Astros over Angels 3-1

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros needed someone to step up and help Lance McCullers stabilize their rotation with starters Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton and Joe Musgrove all on the disabled list.

That player has been Mike Fiers, who has shaken off a tough start to the season with three straight solid outings capped by Saturday's performance in a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Angels.

Fiers (4-2) allowed a season-low two hits and one run, which was unearned, in a season-high 7 1/3 innings, to get his third straight win after managing just one win in his first nine starts.

''This is the best stuff I think he's brought into the game this season and I think it was a combination of everything but everything seemed to be working off his change up,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''He could throw it any count, he threw some nasty ones that looked like split-fingers.''

He struck out eight in his longest start since throwing a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 21, 2015.

Fiers explained what he thinks has led to his recent success.

''Just command and throwing my curveball like I used to,'' he said. ''You guys got some false advertisement early this year. But this is how I pitch and this is the pitcher I am. I'm just going to continue that for the rest of this year. There's mistakes you make early on and the quicker you fix them the better off you are.''

Fiers, who was plagued by home runs as he struggled through his first nine starts, hasn't allowed any during his three-game winning streak.

''He didn't do anything that we haven't seen before, but he was doing it well,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''He changed speeds, had a good breaking ball and change up going as well.''

Ken Giles walked one and struck out three in a scoreless ninth for his 16th save .

Brian McCann put Houston up 1-0 with his solo shot to right field off Ricky Nolasco (2-7) with one out in the second.

Nolasco plunked McCann to start Houston's fifth before Marwin Gonzalez singled on the 10th pitch of his at-bat to send McCann to third. The Astros pushed the lead to 2-0 on a sacrifice fly by Yuli Gurriel.

Nolasco tied a season-high by yielding eight hits with two runs in seven innings to extend his losing streak to five games, which ties a career high. The home run to McCann moved him ahead of Fiers for most homers allowed in the American League this season with 19.

Fiers didn't allow a hit until a single by Albert Pujols with two outs in the fourth inning. He walked Martin Maldonado with one out in the fifth and hit Eric Young Jr. with a pitch with two outs. But the Angels didn't have another baserunner until Ben Revere reached on an error by Carlos Correa to start the eighth.

Pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena singled with one out to chase Fiers, who was replaced by Chris Devenski. Revere and pinch-runner Danny Espinosa then pulled off a double steal before the Angels got within 1 when Revere scored on a groundout by Andrelton Simmons. But Devenski struck out Kole Calhoun to limit the damage.

Carlos Correa provided an insurance run with an RBI single with one out in the eighth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: OF Cameron Maybin was out of the lineup a day after tying a franchise record with a career-high four steals on Friday night in his first game back from the disabled list. But Maybin said he was fine and the day off was planned before his return on Friday night.

Astros: Keuchel won't begin throwing again for about a week as he recovers from neck discomfort that has landed him on the disabled list for the second time this season. Keuchel was scratched from his start on Wednesday at Kansas City and placed on the 10-day disabled list a day later, a move retroactive to June 5. It's the same problem that put him on the disabled list earlier and caused him to miss one start. He isn't sure when he'll return, but expects to miss at least two more starts.

HOMERS, HOMERS AND MORE HOMERS

That hit gave the Astros at least one homer in 18 straight games, which ties a franchise record set in 2000. Houston, which leads the majors with 96 homers, has hit 35 during this streak.

UP NEXT

Angels: Jesse Chavez (5-6, 4.56 ERA) will start for Los Angeles in the finale on Sunday. Chavez allowed seven hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings for the win in his last start.

Astros: David Paulino (0-0, 4.66) is scheduled to make his third start of the season on Sunday for Houston. He yielded eight hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings but not factor in the decision in his last start on Tuesday.

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  • W: M. Fiers (4-2)L: R. Nolasco (2-7)S: K. Giles (16)
  • HR: HOU - B. McCann (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Pujols DH30100100.241.291.388.6792.0
Y. Escobar 3B30000112.283.338.414.7520.5
C. Cron 1B40000032.222.264.313.577-1.5
M. Maldonado C30000122.265.337.398.7350.0
B. Revere LF31000001.205.217.299.5163.0
E. Young CF20000021.300.404.450.8540.0
C. Pennington 2B20000012.225.300.225.525-0.5
a- L. Valbuena PH10100000.175.286.282.5671.0
D. Espinosa 2B00000000.162.246.293.5392.0
  • a-singled for Pennington in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF40200000.279.349.528.8772.0
J. Reddick LF41100013.275.333.441.7752.5
J. Altuve 2B30200100.324.392.517.9093.0
C. Correa SS40110013.299.374.509.8831.5
C. Beltran DH40100002.243.289.424.7132.0
B. McCann C32111003.273.369.497.8668.0
M. Gonzalez 1B30100000.322.412.6301.0421.0
Y. Gurriel 1B20110000.277.311.431.7422.0
J. Marisnick CF00000000.262.340.500.840-1.0
A. Bregman 3B30000002.248.316.405.7210.0
    BATTING
    • RBI - A. Simmons (26)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Reddick (12), C. Beltran (14)
    • HR - B. McCann (9)
    • SF - Y. Gurriel (3)
    • RBI - C. Correa (40), B. McCann (31), Y. Gurriel (28)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - B. Revere (4), D. Espinosa (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - J. Marisnick (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - C. Cron, A. Simmons, C. Pennington
    FIELDING
    • DP - Y. Gurriel, A. Bregman, J. Altuve
    • E - C. Correa (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Nolasco (L, 2-7)7.08220214.321.3410.0
    Y. Petit0.22111002.891.04-4.0
    J. Alvarez0.10000004.431.030.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Nolasco (L, 2-7)7.0
    Y. Petit0.2
    J. Alvarez0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fiers (W, 4-2)7.12102804.431.4031.0
    C. Devenski (H, 9)0.20000102.450.790.5
    K. Giles (S, 16)1.00001303.911.0710.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fiers (W, 4-2)7.1
    C. Devenski (H, 9)0.2
    K. Giles (S, 16)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - R. Nolasco (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Nolasco 106-69, Y. Petit 22-13, J. Alvarez 2-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Nolasco 10-6
    • Batters Faced - R. Nolasco 27, Y. Petit 5, J. Alvarez
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Fiers (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 95-63, C. Devenski 10-5, K. Giles 19-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 9-5, C. Devenski 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 27, C. Devenski 2, K. Giles 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    A. Simmons SS40010011.274.335.398.7330.5
    K. Calhoun RF40000021.235.320.380.700-1.0
    A. Pujols DH30100100.241.291.388.6792.0
    Y. Escobar 3B30000112.283.338.414.7520.5
    C. Cron 1B40000032.222.264.313.577-1.5
    M. Maldonado C30000122.265.337.398.7350.0
    B. Revere LF31000001.205.217.299.5163.0
    E. Young CF20000021.300.404.450.8540.0
    C. Pennington 2B20000012.225.300.225.525-0.5
    a- L. Valbuena PH10100000.175.286.282.5671.0
    D. Espinosa 2B00000000.162.246.293.5392.0
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    • a-singled for Pennington in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF40200000.279.349.528.8772.0
    J. Reddick LF41100013.275.333.441.7752.5
    J. Altuve 2B30200100.324.392.517.9093.0
    C. Correa SS40110013.299.374.509.8831.5
    C. Beltran DH40100002.243.289.424.7132.0
    B. McCann C32111003.273.369.497.8668.0
    M. Gonzalez 1B30100000.322.412.6301.0421.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B20110000.277.311.431.7422.0
    J. Marisnick CF00000000.262.340.500.840-1.0
    A. Bregman 3B30000002.248.316.405.7210.0
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      BATTING
      • RBI - A. Simmons (26)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Reddick (12), C. Beltran (14)
      • HR - B. McCann (9)
      • SF - Y. Gurriel (3)
      • RBI - C. Correa (40), B. McCann (31), Y. Gurriel (28)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Revere (4), D. Espinosa (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Marisnick (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - C. Cron, A. Simmons, C. Pennington
      FIELDING
      • DP - Y. Gurriel, A. Bregman, J. Altuve
      • E - C. Correa (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Nolasco (L, 2-7)7.08220214.321.3410.0
      Y. Petit0.22111002.891.04-4.0
      J. Alvarez0.10000004.431.030.0
      Total8.01033121---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Nolasco (L, 2-7)7.0
      Y. Petit0.2
      J. Alvarez0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers (W, 4-2)7.12102804.431.4031.0
      C. Devenski (H, 9)0.20000102.450.790.5
      K. Giles (S, 16)1.00001303.911.0710.5
      Total9.02103120---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers (W, 4-2)7.1
      C. Devenski (H, 9)0.2
      K. Giles (S, 16)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - R. Nolasco (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Nolasco 106-69, Y. Petit 22-13, J. Alvarez 2-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Nolasco 10-6
      • Batters Faced - R. Nolasco 27, Y. Petit 5, J. Alvarez
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Fiers (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 95-63, C. Devenski 10-5, K. Giles 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 9-5, C. Devenski 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 27, C. Devenski 2, K. Giles 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Correa singled to shallow left, Reddick scored, Altuve to second13
        Simmons grounded out to shortstop, Valbuena scored12
      • 5TH INNING
        Gurriel hit sacrifice fly to center, McCann scored02
      • 2ND INNING
        McCann homered to right01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ken Giles relieved Chris Devenski
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pujols walked
        • Y. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jake Marisnick in center
        • Marwin Gonzalez at first
        • Josh Reddick in left
        • George Springer in right
        • B. Revere: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Revere safe at first on shortstop Correa fielding error
        • E. Young: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
        • Luis Valbuena hit for Cliff Pennington
        • L. Valbuena: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Valbuena reached on an infield single to third, Revere to second
        • Chris Devenski relieved Mike Fiers
        • Danny Espinosa ran for Luis Valbuena
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Revere stole third Valbuena to second, Simmons grounded out to shortstop, Valbuena scored
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Yusmeiro Petit pitching
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Springer fouled out to first
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick doubled to left center
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Foul
        • Altuve walked
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Correa singled to shallow left, Reddick scored, Altuve to second
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Strike looking, Beltran flied out to deep center, Altuve to third
        • Jose Alvarez relieved Yusmeiro Petit
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, McCann popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • Y. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cron grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Nolasco Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel singled to left
        • Jake Marisnick ran for Yuli Gurriel
        • A. Bregman: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Bregman lined out to center
        • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Marisnick caught stealing, catcher to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Simmons struck out swinging
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Calhoun lined out to first
        • A. Pujols: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Pujols grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Nolasco Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • C. Correa: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Correa grounded into double play second to first, Altuve out at second
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Beltran doubled to right
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCann flied out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maldonado walked
        • B. Revere: Revere grounded out to second, Maldonado to second
        • E. Young: Ball, Ball, Young hit by pitch
        • C. Pennington: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pennington struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Nolasco Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Ball, McCann hit by pitch
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez singled to shallow left center, McCann to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel hit sacrifice fly to center, McCann scored
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Bregman reached on fielder's choice to third, Gonzalez out at second
        • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Springer singled to shallow left center, Bregman to second
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons flied out to shallow right
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun grounded out to second
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Pujols singled to shallow right
        • Y. Escobar: Escobar reached on fielder's choice to third, Pujols out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Nolasco Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve flied out to deep right
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
        • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Beltran grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • B. Revere: Ball, Revere flied out to first
        • E. Young: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
        • C. Pennington: Strike looking, Ball, Pennington popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Nolasco Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman flied out to center
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Springer grounded out to third
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reddick grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • Y. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
        • C. Cron: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Maldonado grounded into double play third to second to first, Escobar out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Nolasco Pitching:
        • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Beltran grounded out to shortstop
        • B. McCann: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, McCann homered to right
        • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Foul, Simmons grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Pujols lined out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Nolasco Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Springer singled to shallow right center
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick fouled out to third
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve reached on bunt single to pitcher, Springer to second
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Correa grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Altuve out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)