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Astros 5, Rays 3: Errors spoil McHugh’s outing

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Is this a low point? This feels like a low point.

Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Houston Astros have had the most successful start to any season in franchise history. But Thursday’s series finale with the Tampa Bay Rays feels like a low point for the team.

The dropped to 9-10 after the All-Star Break and 1-3 since the trade deadline with a 5-3 loss to the Rays. The Astros committed three errors and spoiled the outing of Collin McHugh, who allowed one earned run on five hits over six innings.

Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman did their jobs. The No. 1 and 2 hitters in the lineup, went 6-for-8 in the game including a home run for Altuve. Both stole a base and Bregman had a RBI double.

Things fell apart in the seventh inning for the Astros. Francisco Liriano made his Astros debut to start the frame by retiring a right-hand batter and then allowed two left-handed batters to reach. He was pulled for Chris Devenski.

A missed ground ball by Alex Bregman allowed the tying run to score. Steven Souza Jr. broke the game open with a double, scoring two.

Altuve and Bregman reached on singles int he bottom of the frame, but Houston couldn’t let anything go. The Astros went down in order in the eighth and ninth.

The Astros welcome the Blue Jays to town for three games over the weekend.