Regulars get rest in win
(c) Houston Chronicle
The Astros got a fantastic outing from starting pitcher Charlie Morton and some timely hitting in a 6-2 win over Bud Norris and the Angels Saturday afternoon. Morton needed only 81 pitches to complete seven innings against a reeling Anaheim squad that has now lost six in a row.
Alex Bregman and Marwin Gonzalez teamed up to score four of Houston's six runs while occupying the top two spots in a lineup that was without regulars Springer, Reddick, Altuve, and McCann. Bregman led off the bottom of the first with a single up the middle, stole second, and came home on a single off the bat of Carlos Correa to give the Astros an early 1-0 lead.
The game moved along quickly with Morton carving up the Angels' lineup in a fashion not seen since the night before when Justin Verlander dominated the second-place Halos.
The Astros broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth, staging a 2-out rally against reliever Eduardo Paredes. Bregman got the rally started again, this time with a hit-by-pitch. After a Marwin Gonzalez single, Correa sent Bregman home with a 2-bagger and Evan Gattis clubbed a 423-foot home run to make it 5-0.
Justin Upton was the only bright spot for the of Anaheims. The trade deadline acquisition connected on a pair of solo home runs late in the game, providing the only two runs the Halos have scored in the first two games of the series.
Anaheim was a collective 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position while the opportunistic Astros were 4-for-7.
Morton earned his 13th win of the year with a little relief help from Tony Sipp, Joe Musgrove, and Will Harris.
The series finale is slated for 7:10 Sunday evening and will air nationally on the 4-letter sports network. Lance McCullers Jr. returns from the disabled list to face Anaheim lefty Tyler Skaggs.
- Greg Thurston