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Ricky Nolasco, Angels shut down the Astros, 2-0

Ricky Nolasco, Angels shut down the Astros, 2-0

Ricky Nolasco latest solid outing snapped a lengthy losing streak for the Los Angeles Angels. 

Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Nolasco pitched seven strong innings, helping the Angels hinder the Houston Astros' wild-card hopes with a 2-0 victory Thursday night. 

The Angels ended an 11-game skid against Houston and pushed the Astros 1 1/2 games behind the Tigers for the second AL wild card. 

“It's nice to win,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We have played some tough games. Those guys have had our number. They're a tough team. They have played well against us, but we are going to keep playing...

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