Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Detecting a drop in velocity with his pitches early on, Astros rookie right-hander Paul Clemens knew he had to get creative in order to be effective Sunday afternoon. He did just that, giving the Astros seven strong innings in a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Houston, a big league-worst 51-98, is on the verge of becoming the first major league team to reach triple figures in losses in three consecutive seasons since Kansas City from 2004-06. The Astros were 56-106 in 2011 and dropped to 55-107 last year, their final season in the National League. If Clemens' progress is any indication, Houston has a reason to hope for improvement next season. ''It was impressive,'' Astros manager Bo Porter said of Clemens' outing. ''I felt like he did a tremendous job of using all of his pitches.'' The Astros' offense was another matter. The Astros left seven men on base and were 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position. Marc Krauss homered in the second for the Astros, his fourth of the ...
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