The Astros' 84th win seemed as laid back as a California sunset. Collin McHugh became the team leader in wins Saturday night with his 13th victory of the year and Houston blanked the Angels of Anaheim, 3-0, before 32,487 fans who must have had some good reason for being there.
Gattis: Two RBI singles
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With both teams already eliminated, the lineups were dotted with non-regulars and Anaheim used seven pitchers in an exhibition game-style manner. McHugh did not give up a hit until the fifth when Andrelton Simmons and Rafael Ortega spanked consecutive singles. McHugh got out of the jam by fanning Juan Graterol.
By that time, the Astros had already scored two of their three tallies. Jake Marisnick drove home Tyler White in the second with a single and Evan Gattis beat out an infield single that plated Yulieski Gurriel the next inning. In the seventh, Gattis completed the scoring with an RBI single that chased home Jose Altuve.
McHugh lasted 100 pitches and was removed after 7-2/3rd innings with Tony Sipp finishing the eighth and Ken Giles notching his 15th save despite giving up a hit and a walk in the ninth. Overall, the Angels were quieted on four hits and two walks on the night.
The final game of the regular season comes Sunday at Disneyland in a 2:05 Central start. Expect a lot of cameo appearances but Brady Rodgers (0-0) will get the starting nod for Houston against Jhoulys Chacin (5-8). At 41-39, the Astros have guaranteed their first winning road record since 2004.
Alright, Mr. DeMille, they're ready for their close-ups.
- Bob Hulsey