Collin McHugh took the mound for the Astros on Thursday. McHugh was allowed just one hit through three innings, unfortunately that one hit was a Michael Cuddyer solo home run. Curtis Granderson lead off the fourth with a home run of his own off McHugh. The Mets threatened again in the fourth with back-to-back singles, but McHugh closed out the innings to complete his day of work. McHugh's final line, 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 SO.
Jose Altuve lead off the game with a double, but he would be doubled off on a Marwin Gonzalez bunt attempt. It would be an omen for the day. The Astros would only get four hits on Thursday. Jed Lowrie singled in the fourth. Luis Valbuena doubled to start the seventh. Centerfielder, yes he played centerfield, Jonathan Villar collected a double and RBI for the Astros' lone run.
Pat Neshek pitched a scoreless fifth inning, and Will Harris pitched a scoreless 0.2 innings in the seventh. Joe Thatcher walked Granderson and forced Michael Cuddyer to pop out. Josh Fields replaced Thatcher and allowed a double to Travis d'Arnaud. The Mets were now up 3-1. Jason Stoffel walked two, but worked around it to keep the game 3-1 in the eighth.
The Astros face Max Scherzer and the Nationals on Friday at 12:05 PM CT.