Collin McHugh had a much better effort than his last start. Even though he allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in each of the first four innings he kept the damage to a minimum. He only allowed 2 runs to score on 2 sacrifice flies. In his 7 innings he scattered 6 hits, struck out 9, and only walked one batter to take his record on the season to 5-1. Pat Neshek had a perfect 8th inning and Luke Gregerson picked up his 10th save of the season even though he made it interesting for the second game in a row.
At the plate the Astros only had 6 hits and a couple of walks, but it was enough to get their 5th win in a row. Luis Valbuena started the scoring in the first inning by hitting his team leading 10th home run, a solo shot to left. In the 4th inning (trailing 2-1) Jonathan Villar tied the score when he hit a double to left to score George Springer, who had walked to lead off the inning. Colby Rasmus gave Houston the lead for good with a homer to right field. They added an insurance run in the 7th. Villar hit his second double of the day, moved to third on a ground ball, and scored on a Jake Marisnick sacrifice fly to make the final 4-2.
The Astros welcome the Oakland A's to town tonight for a 3-game series. Rookie Lance McCullers will make his MLB debut against Drew Pomeranz in the opener at 7pm.
Current undefeated streaks:
Undefeated when hitting 2 or more HR in a game
Undefeated when scoring 4+ runs in a game
Undefeated when Luke Gregerson pitches
Tweet of the Night
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Astros are 25-13, matching the 1998 club for the best record in franchise history through 38 games.</p>— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) <a href="https://twitter.com/OrtizKicks/status/600036956467236864">May 17, 2015</a></blockquote>
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