Oakland Athletics Shut Down By Collin McHugh, Astros

The Oakland Athletics settled for a four-game split in Houston after they were shut down by the pitching of Houston Astros left-hander Collin McHugh in a 5-1 loss at Minute Maid Park.

McHugh (2-0) was dominant, allowing only a run on two hits in 8.2 innings, walking three and striking out seven. The A’s (15-10) didn’t have a baserunner from the third inning until Brandon Moss was hit by a pitch—after an Oakland challenge—in the ninth.

A’s lefty Tommy Milone (0-2) matched McHugh almost zero-for-zero until the wheels came off in the seventh.

Houston (9-17) got two runs on a triple by Jonathan Villar that chased Milone and Dan Otero promptly gave up a two-run homer to diminutive Jose Altuve to make it a four-run inning for the Astros.

The Astros got their first run in the third inning. Villar cracked a ground-rule double, moved up on a single by Altuve and scored on Dexter Fowler’s groundout.

Milone was charged with four runs on five hits in 6.2 innings, walking two and striking out two. Otero gave up a run on two hits while recording one out. Jim Johnson worked a perfect eighth, striking out two.

Oakland’s only run was scored in the ninth. After Moss was hit by a pitch, he stole second and Alberto Callaspo’s soft single to center brought him home. Raul Valdes came on to get pinch-hitter Craig Gentry to line out to end it.

The A’s only other hit came in the first inning, when Jed Lowrie lined a one-out base hit to right.

Oakland now continues its tour of Texas with a visit to the Rangers, beginning on Monday at 5:05 p.m. Pacific. Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.25 ERA) is set to start for the A’s against Texas ace Yu Darvish (1-0, 1.61 ERA).

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