Garrett Richards

Verlander leads Astros to skid-snapping 1-0 win over Angels

The Houston Astros gave up three prospects for Justin Verlander because they wanted a stopper for their World Series chase. After just two starts, the star right-hander is already giving them exactly what they need while they tune up for October.

Verlander pitched eight innings of one-hit ball, and the Astros snapped their four-game skid with a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

Verlander (12-8) struck out nine in another overpowering performance for his new team. He held the Angels without a hit after Brandon Phillips' leadoff double in the first, allowing only Mike Trout to reach base on a walk and a hit by pitch.

"It feels good,"...