Verlander leads Astros to skid-snapping 1-0 win over Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Houston Astros gave up three prospects for Justin Verlander because they wanted a stopper for their World Series chase. After just two starts, the star right-hander is already giving them exactly what they need while they tune up for October.

Verlander pitched eight innings of one-hit ball, and the Astros snapped their four-game skid with a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

Verlander (12-8) struck out nine in another overpowering performance for his new team. He held the Angels without a hit after Brandon Phillips' leadoff double in the first, allowing only Mike Trout to reach base on a walk and a hit by pitch.

''It feels good,'' Verlander said. ''On a night when we really needed it after a tough series and an off day to reset, those are the kind of things that make you feel really good. I got in a rhythm, was able to have a couple of quick innings and just go from there.''

Verlander pitched six innings of one-run ball in Seattle during his Houston debut last week. The Astros got swept in a four-game series at Oakland last weekend, but the six-time All-Star put them right back on course.

''He loves the moment,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. ''He was in complete control. Coming off the day off, it doesn't surprise me that he was going to set the tone.''

Yuli Gurriel's second-inning single drove in the only run for the Astros (87-57), who lowered their magic number for clinching the AL West title to five by blanking the second-place Angels (73-71).

Los Angeles has lost four of five to fall two games behind Minnesota (75-69) for the second AL wild card.

LITTLE PUSH

Ken Giles gave up another double to Phillips in the ninth, but the Angels' new infielder slipped off the base after his slide and was tagged out by shortstop Carlos Correa.

Phillips and manager Mike Scioscia vehemently argued that Correa had nudged Phillips off the bag, to no avail.

''I'm not mad about it, because I would have done the same thing,'' said Phillips, the veteran second baseman. ''I fell for my own trick. He just did a smart play, and that changed the whole game.''

Giles then got Trout on a grounder to complete his 30th save in 34 chances.

NEW GUYS

Justin Upton went 0 for 3 and Phillips was 2 for 4 in their home debuts for the Angels, who acquired both veterans in trades right before the start of their just-completed road trip.

''It was great to play at home for the first time with these guys,'' said Phillips, who already found a house near the beach to enjoy September with his family.

GOOD START

Garrett Richards (0-1) pitched five innings of four-hit ball in his second start back from a five-month injury absence for the Angels.

The right-hander yielded one run on three singles in the second, but faced no other trouble while striking out four. His first appearance at the Big A since April 25, 2016, was another solid step on his road back from arm injuries that have derailed his past two seasons.

''He spent the pitches that he was allotted,'' Scioscia said. ''We were thrilled he could get us through five innings.''

Richards missed 135 games with a biceps strain after making one start in April. He made only six starts in 2016 before tearing a ligament in his right elbow, but he avoided Tommy John surgery with rehabilitation - only to experience more arm woes this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Lance McCullers Jr. was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday after he reported arm fatigue during pregame throwing. McCullers was supposed to make his second start back from a monthlong absence due to a back injury.

Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney will miss at least one start with an ''impingement'' in his shoulder, Scioscia said. Heaney missed most of the past two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery, returning to the rotation five starts ago.

UP NEXT

Astros: Mike Fiers (8-9, 4.87 ERA) will get the spot start to fill in for McCullers. Fiers has made 27 starts this season, but lost his spot in the rotation last week with Verlander's arrival and the return of McCullers from the disabled list.

Angels: Tyler Skaggs (1-5, 4.86) returned from the disabled list last month and has gone 0-4 with a 5.61 ERA. He hasn't won since April 22, but the Angels must hope he gets it going to help a depleted rotation.

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AngelsLAA73-71
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  • W: J. Verlander (12-8)L: G. Richards (0-1)S: K. Giles (30)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF40100011.292.373.535.9080.5
J. Reddick LF40000012.312.359.481.840-0.5
J. Altuve 2B40000011.349.408.561.969-0.5
C. Correa SS41100011.307.384.530.9141.5
M. Gonzalez 1B40000011.292.365.515.879-0.5
A. Bregman 3B30100010.284.354.471.8240.5
C. Beltran DH30000012.231.285.391.677-0.5
Y. Gurriel 1B30210000.290.322.477.7993.0
J. Marisnick CF00000000.240.316.493.8100.0
B. McCann C30100003.246.331.425.7562.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Phillips 2B40200010.287.323.409.7322.5
    M. Trout CF20000101.319.459.6461.1052.0
    J. Upton LF30000013.278.365.528.893-0.5
    A. Pujols DH30000002.247.290.393.6830.0
    K. Calhoun RF30000011.246.330.393.722-0.5
    A. Simmons SS30000000.279.330.432.7620.0
    L. Valbuena 3B30000030.195.287.419.707-1.5
    C. Cron 1B30000010.260.311.463.774-0.5
    M. Maldonado C20000020.223.282.376.658-1.0
    a- B. Revere PH10000000.267.303.339.6420.0
    • a-lined out for Maldonado in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. McCann (12)
    • RBI - Y. Gurriel (66)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel (34)
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Phillips (28)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - G. Springer (5)
    • DP - C. Correa, Y. Gurriel, J. Altuve
    FIELDING
    • DP - C. Cron, A. Simmons, B. Phillips
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Verlander (W, 12-8)8.01001903.581.2336.5
    K. Giles (S, 30)1.01000002.591.019.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Verlander (W, 12-8)8.0
    K. Giles (S, 30)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Richards (L, 0-1)5.04110401.381.007.0
    B. Wood1.01000105.881.572.5
    C. Bedrosian1.00000103.231.213.5
    K. Middleton1.01000104.501.422.5
    Y. Petit1.00000002.170.923.0
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Richards (L, 0-1)5.0
    B. Wood1.0
    C. Bedrosian1.0
    K. Middleton1.0
    Y. Petit1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Verlander (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 112-71, K. Giles 7-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 7-7, K. Giles 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 26, K. Giles 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Richards 63-45, B. Wood 15-9, C. Bedrosian 15-10, K. Middleton 12-9, Y. Petit 16-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Richards 6-4, B. Wood 2-0, C. Bedrosian 1-1, K. Middleton 2-0, Y. Petit 3-0
    • Batters Faced - G. Richards 18, B. Wood 4, C. Bedrosian 3, K. Middleton 4, Y. Petit 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    AstrosHOU87-57
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    AngelsLAA73-71
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF40100011.292.373.535.9080.5
    J. Reddick LF40000012.312.359.481.840-0.5
    J. Altuve 2B40000011.349.408.561.969-0.5
    C. Correa SS41100011.307.384.530.9141.5
    M. Gonzalez 1B40000011.292.365.515.879-0.5
    A. Bregman 3B30100010.284.354.471.8240.5
    C. Beltran DH30000012.231.285.391.677-0.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B30210000.290.322.477.7993.0
    J. Marisnick CF00000000.240.316.493.8100.0
    B. McCann C30100003.246.331.425.7562.0
    Total3216100711-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Phillips 2B40200010.287.323.409.7322.5
      M. Trout CF20000101.319.459.6461.1052.0
      J. Upton LF30000013.278.365.528.893-0.5
      A. Pujols DH30000002.247.290.393.6830.0
      K. Calhoun RF30000011.246.330.393.722-0.5
      A. Simmons SS30000000.279.330.432.7620.0
      L. Valbuena 3B30000030.195.287.419.707-1.5
      C. Cron 1B30000010.260.311.463.774-0.5
      M. Maldonado C20000020.223.282.376.658-1.0
      a- B. Revere PH10000000.267.303.339.6420.0
      Total270200197-----
      • a-lined out for Maldonado in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. McCann (12)
      • RBI - Y. Gurriel (66)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel (34)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Phillips (28)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - G. Springer (5)
      • DP - C. Correa, Y. Gurriel, J. Altuve
      FIELDING
      • DP - C. Cron, A. Simmons, B. Phillips
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (W, 12-8)8.01001903.581.2336.5
      K. Giles (S, 30)1.01000002.591.019.0
      Total9.0200190---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (W, 12-8)8.0
      K. Giles (S, 30)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Richards (L, 0-1)5.04110401.381.007.0
      B. Wood1.01000105.881.572.5
      C. Bedrosian1.00000103.231.213.5
      K. Middleton1.01000104.501.422.5
      Y. Petit1.00000002.170.923.0
      Total9.0611070---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Richards (L, 0-1)5.0
      B. Wood1.0
      C. Bedrosian1.0
      K. Middleton1.0
      Y. Petit1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Verlander (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 112-71, K. Giles 7-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 7-7, K. Giles 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 26, K. Giles 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Richards 63-45, B. Wood 15-9, C. Bedrosian 15-10, K. Middleton 12-9, Y. Petit 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Richards 6-4, B. Wood 2-0, C. Bedrosian 1-1, K. Middleton 2-0, Y. Petit 3-0
      • Batters Faced - G. Richards 18, B. Wood 4, C. Bedrosian 3, K. Middleton 4, Y. Petit 3
      • 2ND INNING
        Gurriel singled to center, Correa scored, Bregman to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Keynan Middleton
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Correa grounded out to third
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ken Giles relieved Justin Verlander
        • Ben Revere hit for Martin Maldonado
        • B. Revere: Ball, Ball, Revere lined out to center
        • B. Phillips: Phillips singled to right, Phillips out at second
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike swinging, Trout grounded out to third
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Keynan Middleton relieved Cam Bedrosian
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to third
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCann doubled to deep right center
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Reddick grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jake Marisnick in center
        • A. Simmons: Simmons flied out to left
        • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Cam Bedrosian relieved Blake Wood
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bregman flied out to deep right
        • C. Beltran: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Beltran grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout hit by pitch
        • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • A. Pujols: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pujols flied out to center
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Blake Wood relieved Garrett Richards
        • G. Springer: Springer singled to right center
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Reddick grounded out to first, Springer to second
        • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Cron grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • G. Richards Pitching:
        • C. Beltran: Beltran grounded out to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel singled to center
        • B. McCann: Strike swinging, McCann grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gurriel out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun lined out to second
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • G. Richards Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Correa lined out to center
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Trout walked
        • J. Upton: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Upton grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Trout out at second
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pujols grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • G. Richards Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Springer flied out to left
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick flied out to deep center
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cron popped out to third
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Phillips grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • G. Richards Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Correa singled to center
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez popped out to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Bregman singled to center, Correa to second
        • C. Beltran: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltran struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel singled to center, Correa scored, Bregman to second
        • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, McCann reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gurriel out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Foul, Foul, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to first
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons popped out to second
        • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • G. Richards Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Springer grounded out to first
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Strike swinging, Phillips doubled to deep left
        • M. Trout: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout lined out to left
        • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Upton lined out to left
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)