HOUSTON — The Astros Troy Tulowitzki Jersey moved into sole possession of first place in the American League West for the first time since before the All-Star break, beating the Angels, 6-3, on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park, behind a terrific outing from rookie Lance McCullers.
McCullers (5-3) gave up a run in the second inning before getting into a groove and setting down 15 of the final 17 batters he faced. In the meantime, the Astros chipped away, taking a 2-1 lead in the fifth on RBIs by Colby Rasmus and Jose Altuve. Preston Tucker would then homer in the sixth, and Jon Singleton blasted his first of the year in the seventh to make it 4-1.
“A power pitcher like [Garrett Richards], we obviously put the Troy Tulowitzki Blue Jays Jersey ball in play a lot tonight, continued to put some pressure on him, and we had a couple different opportunities that we missed out on,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I just thought our team offense was pretty effective.”
Richards (10-8) held the Astros hitless until Luis Valbuena led off the fifth with a double (and eventually scored). He gave up four runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, leaving the game after Singleton’s homer into the home bullpen in right-center.
“Garrett pitched with his back to the wall and really struggled with his command,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He got behind a lot. First pitch strikes were not what you want to see. A couple mistakes ended up being the difference in the game.”
Singleton, who bashed 13 homers in his rookie Cheap Mens Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Troy Tulowitzki Authentic Alternate Blue Jersey season last year, hit his first home run in the Majors since Sept. 5 of last year, breaking a team-long 81-at-bat drought between homers. He added an RBI single in the eighth. Singleton was third in the Minor Leagues and led the Triple-A level with 17 homers when he was called up June 26.
“I can kind of take a deep breath after it happened,” Singleton said. “Every time you go up to the plate you want to hit the ball hard, so that’s kind of relief to go up there and achieve one of my goals.”
“Our confidence is high. Our confidence has never been low. Obviously, we’ve had a few swells here and there, both ways, both positively and negatively. But again, our guys know that we have to play the entire schedule. I keep repeating that. Our guys know that. We haven’t accomplished anything yet.”
Albert Pujols All Star Jersey hit his 30th homer off Luke Gregerson in the ninth, a solo shot over the left-field scoreboard. With that, the Angels’ first baseman joined Hank Aaron, Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Mike Schmidt and Babe Ruth as the only players to log 13 career 30-homer seasons. Pujols is the only player to amass 30-plus homers 13 times within his first 15 seasons.