Angels Stumble Out of Houston with 4-1 Loss
Sep 3, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels first basemanAlbert Pujols
(5) reacts after striking out during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jered Weaver was on pace to become the American League’s wins leader. Astros right-hander Collin McHugh ensured Weaver wouldn’t do so at Minute Maid Park, limiting the Angels to one run in a series-deciding 4-1 victory Wednesday night.
Weaver (15-8) scattered two runs on five hits but suffers just his second loss since mid-June. He seldom ran into trouble in six innings, allowing a solo home run to Chris Carter-his first of two- and an RBI single to Jason Castro.
The Angels’ sole run came on a mishandled double-play ball. Mike Trout’s grounder to short bounced off the heel of shortstop Jonathan Villar’s glove to bring Efren Navarro home. Trout notched his career-high 98th RBI despite going 0-for-8 in the series.
Carter put the exclamation point on a career night taking Fernando Salas deep in the eighth. Carter now has 35 home runs on the season and 22 since July 1st.
McHugh (8-9) was masterful in 7 2/3 frames, striking out eight while giving up on earned run. After splitting time between starter and reliever in the National League, the righty has found his groove in Houston posting a 2.89 ERA in 22 starts and 2.28 ERA in 23 innings against the Angels.
Only three Halos managed hits off Astros’ pitching, one of which wasn’t Erick Aybar whose 17-game hitting streak ended. After averaging 4.5 runs per against Oakland over the weekend, they went 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base in the two-game series sweep.
Houston becomes the first home team to sweep the Angels since the A’s did so from May 30-June 1. The two meet one more time before season’s end with the Astros visiting Angel Stadium beginning next weekend.