McHugh was in cruise control through the first three innings of work. However, the fourth inning was not kind to him. McHugh allowed a leadoff double to Jimmy Paredes followed by a bunt single by Adam Jones. Then, Baltimore executed a double steal to perfection, plating a run when Paredes stole home.
McHugh then surrendered back-to-back home runs to Chris Davis and Steve Pearce before finally being able to get out of the inning. McHugh, who remains 5-2, moved his ERA to 3.68 in his six innings of work. He will look to get back on track when he faces the Orioles again on Tuesday.
"I was pretty bad," he said, per MLB.com. "I was pretty bad with the fastball command. Too many cutters. Too many hard-hit balls. I was behind too many batters. They had nine hits in seven innings. Every mistake I made, they were hitting hard. No, I didn't feel very good about it."
The nine hits led to three runs, which all came on a home run by J.D. Martinez in the third inning. McHugh has pitched at least seven innings in five of his last seven starts. His ERA now stands at 3.43.
"I thought McHugh battled tonight," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He made one or two mistakes. It seemed like every mistake was hit with some authority. They worked him the other way, obviously the big blow from Martinez with the home run in that inning, and they tacked on a few more runs [in the eighth inning]. For McHugh, seven innings, three runs, it was a matter of one swing that took a lot out of his night."
His next expected start is scheduled for Wednesday at Baltimore.
McHugh worked efficiently through the first two innings. Then in the third, McHugh surrendered a lead off double to Steve Tolleson, who was sacrificed to third before Jose Bautista hit a sac fly to left to bring home a run. Then in the fourth, McHugh gave up another run on a second sac fly, this time via Ryan Goins.
"It was tough from the get-go," McHugh said to MLB.com. "I felt like they had guys on base every inning. But overall we battled today."
McHugh, now 5-1, moved his ERA to 3.38 in 50 2/3 innings of work. He will look to keep rolling Friday against the Tigers.
"That leadoff batter, we had a hard time getting them out in the early part of the game," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "But [McHugh] missed bats when he needed to, and he managed innings the way you're supposed to when you're controlling damage.
"A really effective outing with all his pitches working at different times of the game. I was impressed with his perseverance through the traffic."
McHugh (4-1) allowed a bases-clearing double to Matt Duffy in the second inning and was charged with four unearned runs in the fifth. He yielded seven runs -- three earned -- on seven hits and two walks while striking out three over 4 2/3 innings of work in an 8-1 defeat. Of his 91 pitches, 55 were strikes.
McHugh has allowed 13 runs -- nine earned -- over his last three starts (19 innings). He will look to get back on track Sunday afternoon at home against Toronto.
McHugh surrendered two runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out seven batters and walked one. His biggest mistake was a solo home run given up to Mike Trout in the first inning.
He lowered his ERA from 3.41 to 3.23. McHugh (4-0) has pitched at least seven innings in three of his last four starts.
His next expected start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Giants.
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