HOUSTON -- Despite losing for only the second time in his past five starts, Astros starter Jarred Cosart could at least take some solace in the fact he was around the strike zone for much of Wednesday night against the Angels.
Cosart, who had walked 10 batters in his previous three starts, only issued one free pass and threw 75 of his 108 pitches for strikes in 6 2/3 innings of work, but the Angels scratched out three RBI hits to beat the Astros, 4-0, at Minute Maid Park.
Cosart (4-5) allowed eight hits and didn't walk more than one batter for the first time since walking no one in his first start of the season, April 2 against the Yankees.
Angels starter Garrett Richards (5-2) held the Astros scoreless for eight innings.
Cosart retired the first 11 batters he faced and 13 of the first 14 before giving up a double down the left-field line by David Freese, who slid in safely at second base even though the throw from shortstop Marwin Gonzalez in left appeared to beat him.