for this game

McHugh pitches Astros past A's

Apr 28, 2014 - 2:57 AM Houston, TX ( - Collin McHugh dazzled in his second start of the season to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-1 win over the Oakland Athletics in the finale of this four-game set from Minute Maid Park.

McHugh took a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning and retired the first two batters he faced before running into trouble. Brandon Moss was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Alberto Callaspo's bloop single to center before Raul Valdes relieved McHugh and got Craig Gentry to fly out to end the game.

McHugh (2-0), who finished his outing allowing a run on two hits with seven strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings, bounced around early in his career, making brief stints with the Mets and Rockies before finding a home in Houston. He went 6 2/3 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts in his season debut against the Mariners on April 22.

"He kind of slings the ball a little bit (but) stuff-wise I feel like he's OK. I don't think it was anything special," A's designated hitter Josh Donaldson said. "But he changed speeds well and whenever you're able to get strike one early, it's going to benefit you."

Jose Altuve homered for the Astros. He and Jonathan Villar both had two hits with a pair of RBI.

Tommy Milone (0-2) allowed four runs on five hits over 6 2/3 frames to absorb the loss.

After Oakland scored 10 and 12 runs, respectively, in taking the first two games of this set, Houston won the next two. The Astros are 4-3 in their last seven games after dropping seven straight.

"They're a really good team, so to be able to take two from them especially here at home to end the series, builds momentum and is huge," said McHugh.

Houston manufactured its first run in the top of the third inning. Villar hit a ground-rule double to right and Altuve singled to put runners on second and third with one out. Dexter Fowler's grounder to third plated Villar.

The score stayed 1-0 until the home half of the seventh, when Altuve's first homer of the season highlighted a four-run frame.

Matt Dominguez was on first with two outs when Carlos Corporan singled to put two on. Villar then delivered a two-run triple to deep left, chasing Milone from the game.

Dan Otero took the hill and served up Altuve's two-run homer on his very first pitch.

McHugh allowed the second batter of the game, Jed Lowrie, to reach on a single before holding the A's hitless until the ninth.

Game Notes

Houston went 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position ... Both teams left five runners on base ... Moss' steal was his first of the season ... Oakland is 5-2 against the Astros this season.

  • OAKLAND: 1
    HOUSTON: 5

    Apr 27 4:45 PM

  • Alberto Callaspo singled to center scoring Brandon Moss with two out. Runner on first and Josh Reddick due up.

    Athletics 1, Astros 5  Top 9, 2 OutsApr 27 4:41 PM

  • Jose Altuve two-out, two-run Home Run (1) to left scored Jonathan Villar. Dexter Fowler due up.

    Athletics 0, Astros 5  Bot 7, 2 OutsApr 27 4:14 PM

  • Jonathan Villar tripled to left center scoring Matt Dominguez and Carlos Corporan with two out. Runner on third and Jose Altuve due up.

    Athletics 0, Astros 3  Bot 7, 2 OutsApr 27 4:11 PM
  • 20
    RUWTbot Took away 30 roots

    Athletics 0, Astros 3  Bot 7, 2 OutsApr 27 4:11 PM
  • 50
    RUWTbot Added 7 roots

    Athletics 0, Astros 1  Bot 7, 1 OutApr 27 4:02 PM
  • 43
    RUWTbot Added 7 roots

    Athletics 0, Astros 1  Top 7, 1 OutApr 27 3:54 PM
  • 36
    RUWTbot Added 6 roots

    Athletics 0, Astros 1  Bot 6, 1 OutApr 27 3:48 PM
  • 30
    RUWTbot Added 7 roots

    Athletics 0, Astros 1  Top 6, 1 OutApr 27 3:41 PM
  • 23
    RUWTbot Added 5 roots

    Athletics 0, Astros 1  Bot 5, 1 OutApr 27 3:34 PM

  • Dexter Fowler grounded out third to first scoring Jonathan Villar with two out. On the play, Jose Altuve advances to second. Runner on second and Jesus Guzman due up.

    Athletics 0, Astros 1  Bot 3, 2 OutsApr 27 3:07 PM

  • OAKLAND: 0
    HOUSTON: 0
    Top 1, 0 Outs

    Apr 27 2:12 PM
  • 18
    RUWTbot Added 18 roots

    Athletics 0, Astros 0  Top 1, 0 OutsApr 27 2:12 PM