The on-again, off-again offense of the Los Angeles Angels was off-again on Saturday as the Halos managed only two hits in losing 3-1 to the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The loss again dropped the team below .500 at 32-33 and demoted it into a tie for second in the American League West with the surging Seattle Mariners.
“He pitched a good game,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said about Nolasco. “Obviously his back is against the wall the whole way. He got some double-play balls to help him out of some jams, but he pitched a really strong seven innings and gave us a chance to win.”
But the Astros – leader by a mile in the AL West –got an even better performance from Mike Fiers (4-2) who gave up two hits and no earned runs in 7.1 innings. He struck out eight batters and walked two.
The only Angels to get a hit were Albert Pujols and Andrelton Simmons, both with singles. The sole Halo run came in the top of the fifth when Ben Revere scored from third on a ground out by Simmons.
On Sunday the Angels will try again with Jesse Chavez (5-6) making the start for the visitors against David Paulino (0-1).