Tyler Skaggs

Verlander throws 5-hit shutout, Astros blank Angels 2-0

Justin Verlander is not prone to sentimentality.

More excited about getting out of a jam than getting his 2,500th strikeout, Verlander put both his flair for the moment and his enduring greatness on full display Wednesday night in a classic masterpiece on the mound.

The right-hander threw a five-hitter for his first shutout in three years and Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-0.

"Pretty much a clinic on how to pitch," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "I mean, it's just an epic performance by a really good pitcher. It's fun to win a series, especially against a team like this. Even more sweet when one of...

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