The book on Alex Meyer was pretty clear: big stuff, bigger control problems.
Not so much Wednesday night for the 6-foot-9 right-hander.
Meyer executed nearly to perfection while allowing a hit and a walk over seven innings and leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-0 victory that ended the Washington Nationals' six-game winning streak.
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"We really didn't have much of a chance," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. "Our reports were he didn't have very good command, but he did tonight."
Meyer (4-5) had a perfect game until he walked Anthony Rendon with two outs in the fifth. He lost his no-hitter with two outs in the sixth when Brian Goodwin doubled down the right-field line.
Meyer, Rendon and Goodwin were all first-round draft picks by the Nationals in 2011.
"I went to breakfast with (Goodwin) this morning and paid for it," Meyer said. "I'll have to talk to him about that."
Meyer had been plagued by walks this season (41 in 60 1/3 innings) but had just the one free pass in a career-high seven innings. He struck out seven.
David Hernandez and Jose Alvarez each threw a scoreless, hitless inning to complete the one-hitter. It was only the second time this season the Nationals have been shut out.
"To make outs the way he did says a lot about his upside and potential," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Mike Trout and C.J. Cron each hit two-run homers to support Meyer. For Trout, it was his 18th of the season.
Gio Gonzalez (8-5) started for the Nationals but gave up a pair of first-inning runs on Albert Pujols' single and Andrelton Simmons' sacrifice fly, and it was all the runs Los Angeles would need.
Washington outfielder Bryce Harper did not play in the nationally televised game. It was a scheduled day off.