McCann homer backs Fiers gem

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HOUSTON — Astros starting pitcher Mike Fiers coasted through 7 1/3 innings of one-run baseball and returned Houston to winning form with a 3-1 win to even the series against the Angels on Saturday in Minute Maid Park.

Fiers, in a season-long outing, cruised to a line of eight strikeouts, two hits, two walks and the one run — which was unearned — before returning to the dugout having completed his most efficient start of the season in 95 pitches. Fiers has won three three consecutive starts for the first time since winning four in a row in August 2014.

With little offense to show between the Astros (44-19) and the Angels, Brian McCann‘s ninth home run this season — a solo shot in the second inning off Angels starter Ricky Nolasco — gave the Astros a 1-0 lead they would not relinquish to the Angels, who are once again below .500 at 32-33. It was the Astros’ 18th consecutive game with a homer and Nolasco’s 19th long ball surrendered this season, the most in the American League.

Houston tacked on a pair with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly via Yuli Gurriel — whose single in the seventh extended his hitting streak to 10 games — and a Carlos Correa RBI single in the eighth.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
McCann goes deep: With one out in the second inning, McCann ripped a solo home run to right field to put the Astros up by one. McCann’s bomb traveled 386 feet and left his bat with an exit velocity of 100 mph, according to Statcast™.

Devenski inherits danger: Chris Devenski relieved Fiers in the eighth inning with Angels on first and second. Ben Revere and Danny Espinosa, the duo on base, used a double steal before Revere scored on a groundout by Andrelton Simmons. Devenski, with one out remaining and a runner on third in a 2-1 ballgame, needed five pitches to strike out Kole Calhoun, ending the inning and keeping the Astros in front.

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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