Beltran's first Houston homer helps Astros top Angels 2-1

Los Angeles Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar throws to first after fielding a ground ball hit by Houston Astros' Evan Gattis during the second inning of a baseball game Monday

-- Astros top pitching prospect Francis Martes is scheduled to make his third start for Class AAA Fresno on Saturday. Musgrove faced the Angels once during his rookie campaign, allowing one run and seven hits with four strikeouts in seven innings in a 4-1 victory in his final start of the season on September 25.

Houston didn't have another baserunner until Marisnick's home run made it 2-0 with two outs in the fifth inning.

That Morton posted five scoreless innings was a feat of sleight of hand, as he found trouble two outs into the first inning and failed to produce a clean frame.

Martín Maldonado and Yunel Escobar hit consecutive singles in the fifth before scoring on a double by Trout, which sailed just out of reach of a diving Springer to score Maldonado and tie it. Pujols then connected on his homer - a soaring shot that landed on the train tracks atop left field - to put Los Angeles up 5-2. But he was picked off trying to steal second base and McCullers retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Chris Devenski came in for two flawless innings in which he struck out the side in the sixth and added one more in the seventh for good measures.

Ramirez (2-2) gave up three runs on six hits, striking out nine and walking one in 5 1/3 innings.

Astros: Houston placed right-handed reliever Jandel Gustave on the 10-day DL with tightness in his right forearm and called up right-hander James Hoyt to take his spot on the roster. Devenski fanned four today and has a 25/1 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings to date. The performance leaves him with a 1.35 ERA and a 16.88 strikeouts per nine innings ratio. It was his second career save, and he believes working through the jam in the ninth inning on Thursday will help him in the future. Any time you get behind Dallas, you know it's going to be a really good game and a close game. "I'm glad we came out with a win". The Angels, who finished with eight hits, lost for the first time this season when getting eight or more hits. "Just everything you could possibly want from a catcher, he's got. Last two games haven't worked our way, but we put ourselves in position to have a chance". The Angels optioned C Carlos Perez to Triple-A Salt Lake, while calling up C Juan Graterol prior to the game.

Tonight's matchup will have Ricky Nolasco (0-2) for L.A. and Joe Musgrove (1-0) for the Astros. Morton, who had his first scoreless outing since April. 12, 2016, when he threw 6 2/3 scoreless, has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his three starts this season.

Astros: Mike Fiers looks for his first win this season when he starts on Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Tampa.



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