Justin Verlander struck out nine over seven innings of four-hit, two-run ball as the Astros beat the Angels 5-2 at Minute Maid Park. Alex Bregman had a three-run double and Jose Altuve and Jake Marisnick homered as Houston avoided a three-game sweep. Nick Tropeano took the loss. Albert Pujols homered for the Angels to record his 2,994th career hit.
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