Beltran's first Houston homer helps Astros top Angels 2-1

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels- 4/17/17 MLB Pick Odds and Prediction

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels- 4/17/17 MLB Pick Odds and Prediction

"Playing against this team a year ago when I was with Texas (Rangers), I know this team is very hungry to go out there and be in the playoffs again", Beltran said.

In Tuesday's matchup, the Angels scored four runs in the fifth inning on the way to a 5-2 victory.

Beltran's previous homer for Houston came on October 17, 2004, in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series against St. Louis, capping a postseason in which he hit eight homers with 14 RBIs in 12 games.

Beltran's home run Thursday came with one out and the first inning off Matt Shoemaker (0-1), and Marisnick's second homer this season made it 2-0 in the fifth.

"I don't get caught up in homers", he said. "It's easy when McCann puts down some quality fingers and makes me look better than I am". "I think if I put quality at-bats, I know those are going to come".

"It's been a week where we're having trouble getting that that we need", Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Bud Norris pitched a scoreless seventh in his first appearance at Minute Maid Park since being traded by the Astros in 2013.

Headed our way on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros will be continuing their Major League Baseball series.

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As Trout walked away, the fans started laughing hysterically as Orbit had pinned a "I ❤️ THE ASTROS" sign on the back of Trout's jersey.

Los Angeles has been struggling a bit to start out this season, but they'll get it going eventually-they're simply too good not to.

Chavez gave up seven hits and struck out five batters in his third start with the Angels this season.

Trout's homer was the only extra-base hit on Thursday for the Angels, who have lost eight of their last nine games.

But it was Andrelton Simmons who got the Angels on the board first with his homer in the second inning. That means the list of position players still looking for their first 2017 long ball is down to four: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Evan Gattis, and Carlos Beltran. But they were left stranded as Shoemaker struck out Marwin Gonzalez as the first of 10 straight Astros he retired. He had runners on in every inning, including stranding the bases loaded in the second when he got Ben Revere to fly out.

Chris Devenski came in for two ideal innings in which he struck out the side in the sixth and added one more in the seventh for good measures.

JC Ramirez (2-2) allowed three runs on six hits with a career-high nine strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

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