KEY MOMENT: Astros right-hander Collin McHugh may have made only one mistake, a hanging slider that Albert Pujols crushed for a solo homer to left-center to give the Angels a 2-1 lead in the sixth. The 505th homer of his career—and 13th of the season—moved Pujols past Eddie Murray and into sole possession of 25th place on baseball's all-time home run list.
AT THE PLATE: The Angels also scored in the third when Efren Navarro singled, took second on a groundout and came home on Erick Aybar's bloop single to center. George Springer hit a solo homer in the fourth for Houston.
ON THE MOUND: Jered Weaver was brilliant, allowing one run and two hits, striking out five and walking one for his first complete game since Aug. 6, 2012. The right-hander, who is 5-1 with a 1.70 earned run average in his last seven starts, picked off Springer at first for the second out of the ninth. His fourth-inning strikeout of Jason Castro was the 1,284th of his career, passing Mike Witt for third place on the franchise's all-time list.
IN THE FIELD: Angels center fielder Collin Cowgill raced in and made a diving catch of Jose Atluve's flare in the first. Springer, the Houston right fielder, sprinted to the gap and made a diving catch of Hank Conger's drive to end the second.
TROUT OUT: Mike Trout, slowed by tightness in his left hamstring, was not in the starting lineup for the first time this season, but the center fielder said his injury "is not serious" and that he should be "ready to go on Friday, for sure." Trout tweaked the leg on May 9 in Toronto. Did he say anything to Manager Mike Scioscia at the time? "Nah," Trout said. "I figured, I'm young, it will go away."
ON THE SHELF: Reliever R.J. Alvarez, one of the Angels' top prospects, was placed on the seven-day disabled list because of arm/elbow tenderness and returned to Anaheim for an exam and MRI test. The hard-throwing right-hander has not allowed a run in 19 innings at double-A Arkansas, striking out 28 and walking five.
REHAB REPORT: Reliever Dane De La Rosa (shoulder irritation) allowed one hit in a scoreless inning for triple-A Salt Lake Wednesday, his fastball hitting 90-93 mph. Left-hander Sean Burnett (elbow surgery) retired both batters he faced for double-A Arkansas and could be activated Friday.
UP NEXT: The Angels are off on Thursday. Left-hander C.J. Wilson (5-3, 3.16 ERA) will oppose Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy (2-3, 1.42 ERA) at Angel Stadium Friday at 7 p.m. On the air: FS West. Radio: 830 AM.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times