Garrett Richards struck out nine without walking anyone, while allowing four hits in eight scoreless innings in the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 win over the Astros Wednesday night at Minute Maid.
Richards earned his fifth win of the season, and the nine strikeouts matched a career-high. In the second inning, he struck out the side on nine pitches.
The right-hander bested Astros starter Jared Cosart who allowed three runs in 6.2 innings, also matching his career-high in strikeouts, with eight.
Cosart retired the first 11 that he faced, and kept Los Angeles off the board until the fifth when C.J. Cron singled home David Freese with 2-out to give the Angels a 1-0 lead. They added to the lead when Howie Kendrick and Freese did the same in the sixth inning to make it 3-0.
With Cosart out of the game, Kyle Farnworth didn’t allow a run in 1.1 innings, but in the ninth, Erick Aybar doubled off Jerome Williams, driving home Kole Calhoun with 2-out to make it a four run game.
Freese, Aybar, and Cron had multi-hit games for the Angels, while Dexter Fowler was the only Astro to register more than one hit.
In the second game of his career, Jon Singleton finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.Follow @AdamSpolane
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