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05-03-2018, 10:20 PM
HOUSTON -- Collin McHugh has earned his spot in the Astros rotation. McHugh allowed two hits over 8 2-3 stellar innings as the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Sunday. McHugh (2-0), who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on April 22 to make a start after Scott Feldman had been placed on the disabled list, followed up his first outing where he struck out 12 and allowed three hits in 6 2-3 innings at Seattle on Tuesday with another dominant performance. "When we sent him out there in the ninth it was with the complete hope that he was going to be able to finish what he started," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "That was tremendous. Attacking the strike zone with all three of his pitches and to pitch that well against a really good hitting Oakland As lineup speaks volumes to Collin and the way he and (Carlos) Corporan worked today." McHugh struck out seven and walked three, allowing one run in the longest outing of his career. His previous longest outing had been seven innings on Aug. 23, 2012, against Colorado when he was a member of the New York Mets. "I actually wasnt even thinking about the hits," McHugh said. "I was more mad about the walks. I walked a couple guys early, and with this team, you cant really give them free base runners because anyone in that lineup can do damage to you. As I kind of got momentum, I started to roll with it, and it got easier to make pitches and kind of feel the flow and go with it." After the first, McHugh retired 23 of the next 24 batters, including 19 straight before Brandon Moss was hit by a pitch with two outs in the ninth. Moss stole second and came around to score on Alberto Callaspos single -- McHughs first run allowed in 15 1-3 innings this season. Porter said McHugh has "earned his keep". "I dont think he put us in a tough spot; I think he put himself in a really good spot," Porter said. "Performance pretty much speaks for itself. This guy has earned the right to get the ball the next turn." McHugh said he hadnt had a lot of consistent starts in his career, so to know he would get the ball again in five days felt nice. He became the first pitcher in Astros history go 6 2-3 innings or more while allowing one run or less with seven or more strikeouts in each of his first two starts as an Astro. Raul Valdes got the final out to complete the two hitter. Jed Lowrie, who singled in the first inning, drew a walk in the third for McHughs lone base runner until the ninth. "He had a great cutter early on and was a little bit harder with his stuff early on," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said of McHugh. "Then coming back later in the game he mixed in his curveball better and his change-up. He really did keep us off balance." The right-hander, who Houston claimed off waivers from Colorado during the off-season, got out of trouble in the first after loading the bases with two outs with a walk to Callaspo by getting Josh Reddick to pop out to end the inning. Jose Altuve had two hits, including a two-run home run in the seventh, and Jonathan Villar also had two hits, including a two-run triple. Tommy Milone (0-2) allowed four runs on five hits with two strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings. The left-hander was just effective for most of the day, retiring 12 out of 13, including nine in a row, but he ran into trouble in the seventh. Villar extended the lead to 3-0 with a two-out, two-run triple to the left centerfield gap in the seventh, scoring Matt Dominguez and Carlos Corporan and ending Milones day. Altuve greeted Dan Otero with a two-run home run to the Crawford Boxes in left to up the lead to 5-0. Dexter Fowler gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the third with a groundout scoring Villar, who had doubled with one out and reached third on an Altuve single. NOTES: Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was out of the lineup for the third straight game with a strained left hamstring. Cespedes left in the seventh inning of Oaklands 10-1 win over Houston on Thursday after legging out an infield single. ... Feldman, who has been on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 18 with right bicep tendinitis, threw Saturday and was fine and was on track to make his next scheduled start, manager Bo Porter said, adding that could be either May 3 or May 4. Feldman is eligible to come off the DL May 3. Worcestershire Rapids won their third NatWest T20 Blast game in three, beating Yorkshire Vikings by seven wickets at New Road. Liam Plunkett put in an impressive all-round effort for the visitors, striking 34 not out off just 10 balls before taking 2-29 from his four overs, but it wasnt enough for the Vikings who have now lost their opening two fixtures in the North Group.Joe Leach took 3-33 for the Rapids to help reduce Yorkshire to 112-6 in the 18th over before Plunketts big-hitting efforts at the death - assisted by Tim Bresnan (29no off 13 balls) - helped set a testing 174-run target. But with a solid platform of 109-3 set at the 12-over mark, Alexei Kervezee (52no off 37) and Brett DOliveira (34no off 20) put on 66 together to take Worcestershire home with five balls to spare.Yorkshire won the toss and chose to bat first but lost David Willey (6) - bowled by Ed Barnard - and Adil Rashid (1) run out early.Captain Alex Lees (46 off 36) seemed to have steadied the ship, but fell four short of fifty, while Jack Leaning (24 off 25) and Gary Ballance (24 off 23) couldnt capitalise on solid starts.Leach removed both, bowling Ballance, and dismissed Will Rhodes (3) in the same manner soon after. Liam Plunkett impressed with both bat and ball in defeat for Yorkshire That brought Plunkett and Bresnan together and they smacked a staggering 61 from the final three overs to lift Yorkshire to a score of 173-6.It wouldnt be enough though, despite two Plunkett strikes with the ball this time - Daryl Mitchell (29 off 17) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (19 off 18).Adil Rashid (1-39) picked up a further wicket, Joe Clarke falling after an enterprising 34 off 23 balls, but Kervezee and DOliveiras partnership took the home side comfortably through to their target.Gloucestershire squeaked to a four-wicket win over Middlesex with just a ball to spare in their South Group clash in Northwood. Gareth Roderick helped Gloucestershire over the line with two last-over boundaries Chasing 160 to win and still needing seven to win from the final three balls, Gareth Roderick (11no off 3) fired a four and a six to win it for the visitors.ddddddddddddPaul Stirling had earlier struck 60 off 43 balls - with five fours and three sixes - and Adam Voges (52 off 40) too fired fifty to help Middlesex post 159-9 from their 20 overs.Gloucestershire appeared to be cruising along with Ian Cockbain (40 off 28) and Chris Dent (45 off 40) putting on 65 for the third wicket. A couple of late wickets put the game back in the balance, only for Roderick to fire the visitors to victory.Hampshire got the better of Kent in the other South Group match on the night, winning by nine runs at the Ageas Bowl. Shahid Afridi celebrates the key wicket of Kents Daniel Bell-Drummond as Hampshire win Michael Carberry hit 54 from 53 balls for the hosts but struggled for support elsewhere, as Matt Coles took 4-27. But overseas signings Shahid Afridi (21 off 14) and Darren Sammy (27 off 15) provided some useful lower-order hitting to propel the hosts up to 158-8 from their 20 overs.Daniel Bell-Drummond cracked 64 from 51 balls at the top of the order for Kent, but suffered a similar problem to Carberry before him, with only his opening partner, Joe Denly (31 off 27), offering support and scoring more than 18.Afridi impressed taking 3-33 - including the key wicket of Bell-Drummond in the 17th over - to back up his earlier efforts with the bat, as Kent crumbled to 149 all out in the final over.Watch reigning T20 Blast champions Lancashire Lightning take on winless Yorkshire Vikings in the Roses clash at Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports 2 from 6pm on Friday. 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