Astros 3, Royals 0: Doctor McHugh sonics past Royals

Jamie Squire

Collin McHugh continues to be fantastic in his short time with the Astros, pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out nine.

George Springer didn't leave the yard tonight, but the Astros did get a win. I don't think any Astros fans will complain about that.

Houston's offense did just enough to get the win; only one Astro failed to reach base tonight - Marc Krauss. Matt Dominguez jumpstarted the Astros scoring with a line drive to center, Dexter Fowler raced home from second to score in the fourth. Jason Castro was everywhere, going 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored. Castro, catcher's knees and all, hustled home from a wild pitch to score the Astros' first insurance run. The bottom of the Astros' lineup was once again productive, Alex Presley went 3-for-3 and Robbie Grossman went 2-for-4. Presley drove in the third run of the night with sac fly.

In your daily Springer report, Astros' right fielder went 1-for-4 with a walk and no strikeouts. He did drive a long flyball to the warning track in the first.

The real star of the night was Collin McHugh, who was fantastic and brilliant (I can't think of any more Doctor Who catch phrases that fit) once again. He shut out the Royals for seven innings, striking out nine and walking none. Tony Sipp and Chad Qualls came in to finish the game. Sipp and Qualls didn't allow a batter to reach base, the second night in a row for Sipp.

It was a rough night for the Royals in general, manager Ned Yost was ejected while visiting with his pitcher Jeremy Guthrie in the six. Guthrie matched McHugh's effort tonight. He held the Astros to one run over six innings, scattering seven hits and three walks. Kansas was 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, and left five runners on base in total. Every batter in the Royals' lineup had a strikeout in the game.

Don't look now but the Astros playing winning baseball. Houston has four-game winning streak. They won three of their last five series, with a record 9-6 during that stretch. Pinch me, this must be dream.

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