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McHugh follows up debut with two-hit victory

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Astros' waiver claim dominant again after sterling first start

HOUSTON -- When Collin McHugh joined the Astros rotation last week following his promotion from Triple-A Oklahoma City, the goal was for him to make two starts before ace Scott Feldman was able to be activated from the disabled list.

Two dazzling performances later, McHugh served notice that he doesn't want to go anywhere. McHugh held the A's to two hits -- a single in the first and another in the ninth -- a hit batter, three walks and one run in 8 2/3 innings for his second sterling performance in a row to lead the Astros to a 5-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

It's the first time the Astros have beaten the A's by more than a run. Houston has won consecutive games for only the third time this year.

The Astros blew the game open in the seventh inning by scoring four runs on a two-run triple by Jonathan Villar and a two-run homer by Jose Altuve.

McHugh allowed the A's to load the bases with two outs in the first inning on a pair of walks and a single by Jed Lowrie, but he got Josh Reddick to pop out to shortstop to end the threat. He was pretty much unhittable after that, sending down 19 of the next 20 batters he faced to carry a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning.

Villar, the team's No. 9 hitter, came up big offensively. He doubled and scored on a Dexter Fowler grounder in the third, and he added a two-run triple in the seventh to make it 3-0 and chase A's starter Tommy Milone after 6 2/3 innings.

Altuve then sent the first pitch from reliever Dan Otero into the Crawford Boxes for his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to give the Astros a 5-0 lead.

Feldman was placed on the DL Monday with right biceps teninditis, but could be available to pitch this weekend, perhaps on Sunday against the Mariners. McHugh, who was claimed off waivers from the Rockies in December, was called up to take his place.

In his first start with the Astros on Tuesday in Seattle, McHugh picked up his first Major League win by striking out 12 batters and walking none in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He threw just 89 pitches, making him the fifth pitcher in history to strike out at least 12 while throwing 89 pitches or fewer.

What's more, McHugh became just the third pitcher in club history to have at least 12 strikeouts in his Astros debut, joining J.R. Richard (1971) and Randy Johnson (1998).

Article - By Brian McTaggart / | 4/27/2014

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