- Associated Press - Saturday, July 23, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - Matt Shoemaker had another good start for the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

The Angels were simply unable to help him out at the plate.

Lance McCullers struck out 10 in eight-plus solid innings and Will Harris finished off the ninth to lead the Houston Astros to a 2-1 victory Friday night.

Shoemaker (5-10) allowed five hits and two runs with five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. The performance comes after he threw his first career complete game and struck out a career-high 13 in a 1-0 win over the White Sox in his last start.

“He just has to go out there and keep grinding it out there, and hopefully he’ll get the run support that is going to turn them into a win,” Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said.

Shoemaker didn’t complain about the lack of run support, instead faulting himself for not keeping Houston off the board.

“Nothing you can worry about. Have to go out there and pitch well,” he said. “You have to focus on going out there and putting up zeros.”

McCullers was lifted for Harris after walking Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout with no outs in the ninth. Carlos Correa saved a run when he dived to stop a grounder hit by Daniel Nava and tossed the ball to second for a force for the second out.

An RBI single by Andrelton Simmons came next to get the Angels within one, but Harris struck out Ji-Man Choi for his 10th save.

The win snaps a season-high six-game winning streak for the Angels and is Houston’s ninth straight win over Los Angeles.

Jason Castro and George Springer provided the offense for Houston with an RBI each.

McCullers (5-4) allowed four hits and his 10 strikeouts tied a season-high in his longest outing of the season.

He had some traffic on the bases early, but was helped out by a defense that turned double plays to end both the second and fifth innings. He sailed through the next three innings, retiring nine straight and striking out the side in the eighth.

Preston Tucker, who was called up from Triple-A Fresno on Friday, tripled onto Tal’s Hill in center field with one out in the fifth inning. Castro followed with his single to shallow right field to score Tucker and make it 1-0.

Carlos Gomez bunted for a single with one out in the seventh inning and stole second. He reached third on a groundout by Tucker before Castro drew a walk to chase Shoemaker.

Springer greeted Joe Smith with a single to left field to score Gomez and push the lead to 2-0.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (shoulder tightness) felt good after a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday. He’ll throw a bullpen on Saturday before the Angels decide whether he’ll need another start in the minors or joins the rotation.

Astros: C Evan Gattis was out of the lineup with a bruised right hand on Friday. He was injured on Wednesday when he was hit by a pitch. Manager A.J. Hinch said he was feeling better on Friday and they didn’t expect him to be out long.

FANNING TROUT

McCullers fanned Trout three times to become the first pitcher to strike him out three times in a game since Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer did it on June 2, 2015.

“He threw me curveballs all night. I just wasn’t picking them up,” Trout said. “It was tough. That last at-bat, I was just trying to get on base.”

UP NEXT

Angels: Jered Weaver (8-7, 5.02) will make his 19th start on Saturday. Weaver has struggled in two starts against Houston this year, going 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA.

Astros: Collin McHugh (6-6, 4.25) is scheduled to start for Houston on Saturday. McHugh allowed four hits and fanned 10 in six scoreless innings in an 8-1 win over Seattle in his last start.

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