Sunday at Minute Maid Park the Astros didn’t pick up any ground in their chase of the American League’s second Wild Card spot, but ended a 3-game losing skid and avoided a weekend sweep with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
Baltimore beat Arizona, keeping the Astros three games back of the Orioles with six games to play.
Carlos Correa put the Astros on top when he singled home Jose Altuve with two out in the first inning, and Evan Gattis led off the second with his 31st home run of the season.
Rafael Ortega brought in C.J. Cron with one out in the fourth to cut the Astros lead in half, but that was all the Angels could muster against Joe Musgrave in seven innings. The right-hander struck out four and earned his fourth win.
Tony Kemp and Tyler White added solo homers for Houston, and the bullpen duo of Will Harris and Ken Giles kept the Angels off the board for the game’s final two innings.
George Springer singled three times and walked for the Astros, while Kemp had a single to go with the first home run of his Major League career.
Cron doubled twice for Los Angeles, while Kole Calhoun walked and hit a 2-bagger.
Mike Trout finished hitless in four at bats with a strikeout.