The Angels ended an 11-game skid against Houston and pushed the Astros 1 1/2 games behind the
“It's nice to win,” Manager
Pujols homered into the Crawford Boxes in left field, helping Los Angeles move to 2-11 against the Astros this season. Pujols' two RBIs broke a tie with Frank Robinson for 20th on the career list. His 116 RBIs this season are his most since driving in 118 in 2010.
"Obviously, you want to take the lead right away, especially when those guys have been playing pretty well against us this year," Pujols said. "It was one of those things that I got a good pitch to hit and got a good swing. Nolasco did a heck of a job throwing seven innings. It is not easy to pitch against those guys over there. They have a heck of a lineup."
Nolasco (7-14) gave up five singles, struck out five and walked one.
"I was spinning the ball pretty good," Nolasco said. "I thought I was feeling the strike zone for the most part. I was challenging with fastballs when I had to. I was pitching off some good breaking balls to keep them off balanced."
He did not allow a baserunner past second. Nolasco had a second straight scoreless start after throwing six shutout innings Saturday against Toronto. He has had scoreless outings in three of his last five starts.
"I feel like I have been throwing the ball well all year, just putting it all together now," Nolasco said. "I am throwing the ball well and just trying to run with it."
JC Ramirez pitched the eighth before
Mike Fiers (11-8) gave up two runs and four hits with a season-high nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander retired 13 in a row at one point. Fiers had his second consecutive strong outing after throwing six scoreless innings Saturday in Seattle.