Nolasco watches McCann take the tour
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Mike Fiers turned in perhaps his best outing since his 2015 no-hitter, allowing only two hits and one unearned run Saturday afternoon in a 3-1 win over the Angels. Chris Devenski and Ken Giles finished the job, helping the once beleaguered Fiers to his third straight win.
Brian McCann got the scoring started with a solo homer off Ricky Nolasco in the second inning. It was Brian's eighth career home run against Nolasco, prompting the Anaheim starter to throw a curveball that hit McCann's foot the next time he came to the plate. Intentional, or not, McCann took his free base and eventually scored the second run of the game on Yuli Gurriel's sacrifice fly.
The game stayed at 2-0 until the eighth inning when Ben Revere led off with a grounder that eluded Astros shortstop Carlos Correa. With one out, Luis Valbuena hit a soft grounder to the left of Houston's infield shift. Alex Bregman had no play and with runners now on first and second A.J. Hinch pulled Fiers and summoned Devenski from the bullpen.
A stolen base and a groundout broke up the shutout before Devo struck out hot-hitting Kole Calhoun to end the threat with Houston still up 2-1.
The Astros got that run back in the bottom of the inning. Josh Reddick slapped a one-out double to left and, after Jose Altuve walked, Correa drove Reddick home with a single past a diving Andrelton Simmons at short.
Giles worked around a leadoff walk to Albert Pujols in the ninth, striking out the next three batters to record his 16th save. It was only the second time in five June appearances that Giles was able to post a scoreless inning.
The Astros send David Paulino to the mound Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of the series. The Angels counter with right-hander Jesse Chavez who is 5-6 with a 4.56 ERA so far this season.
- Greg Thurston