Astros win fifth straight
4 pitchers team up to blank Angels

Devenski dominant in relief again
(c) Houston Chronicle

The Astros opened up a brief four-game homestand with a 3-0 win over the slumping Angels Monday night. Charlie Morton finally got a little run support and made it stand up, earning his first win in an Astros uniform.

The Angels arrived at Minute Maid Park riding a five-game losing streak and having failed to score over the last eleven innings. Morton and three relievers extended both of those streaks by combining on a five-hit shutout and the Angels failed to record a hit after the fourth inning.

Morton struggled with his command early but managed to pitch out of trouble inning after inning. But a high pitch count forced the Astros' starter out of the game after only five innings. Chris Devenski struck out the side in the sixth and retired the side in order but in less spectacular fashion in the seventh.

Luke Gregerson needed only eleven pitches to complete a 1-2-3 eighth and Ken Giles matched him in the ninth to notch his third save of the season.

Alex Bregman put the Astros on the board in the second inning, driving home Evan Gattis with a line drive single up the middle. Jose Altuve collected the rest of the RBIs with a third inning sacrifice fly and an eighth inning double that scored Josh Reddick after the outfielder led off the inning with his third hit of the game.

The win was Houston's fifth straight and improved the team's record to 9-4, matching the best start in franchise history. Joe Musgrove takes the hill Tuesday evening at 7:10 CDT as the Astros attempt to extend the winning streak and the lead in the A.L. West standings. Ricky Nolasco gets the start for the "of Anaheims".

- Greg Thurston