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The Houston Astros Beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 on Tuesday

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The Houston Astros got back in the win column last night as they took down the Los Angeles Angels last night by a final score of 7-2.  Rookie first baseman Jon Singleton (pictured on the right) showed Astros fans why he was given a five year extension worth up to ten million dollars.  He finished the game just 1-3 but in his final at-bat of the night, he launched his first career hit 406 feet into the bullpen in right field to help Houston seal the win.

Houston starter Collin McHugh pitched his second consecutive game without giving up a run as he went five scoreless innings giving up only two hits and two walks.  In his previous start, McHugh pitched seven shutout innings against the Royals in a 3-0 win. After his start last night, his record now sits at 4-3 and his ERA dropped to 2.52 which is the best ERA of all of Houston’s consistent starting pitchers.

The energy of the Astros finally breaking out of their three-season rebuilding slump was palpable at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday.  Players like George Springer, who was named the American League’s Rookie of the Month earlier in the day, and Singleton working their way into the Majors and having success could be the first signs of a slow but sure turnaround in Houston.  “I feel like we’re gaining momentum,” Houston manager Bo Porter said.  “We’re starting to play our best baseball of the season.”

With the win Houston has now improved their record to 25-34 on the year which still puts them in last place in the AL West, 11.5 games back of Oakland in the division.  They will continue their mid-week series against the Angels today with first pitch for that game set for 7:10pm from Minute Maid Park in Houston and you can hear all the action right here on Sports Radio 1340 the FAN.

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