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Old 08-02-2015, 04:40 PM   #1
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McHugh goes 7 innings, Astros beat Diamondbacks 4-1

Collin McHugh threw seven solid innings, and Carlos Gomez delivered a two-run, go-ahead single as the Houston Astros beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 on Sunday.

Evan Gattis added a solo home run in the fifth to give Houston the three-run lead.

McHugh (13-5) won his fourth straight start, giving up one run and eight hits with six strikeouts. The right-hander, who is tied for the AL lead in wins with teammate Dallas Keuchel, has allowed two runs or less in three of his last four starts.

Pat Neshek threw a perfect eighth, and Luke Gregerson pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.

Jose Altuve and Jason Castro both had two hits for the Astros, who own an AL-best 38-18 record at home.

Gomez, who was acquired Thursday in a trade with Milwaukee, gave Houston a 3-1 lead with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth. Houston had loaded the bases on a walk to Chris Carter, a single by Castro and Altuve was hit by pitch.

Jake Lamb put Arizona up 1-0 with an RBI double in the second, but Houston tied it in the bottom half on Carter's sacrifice fly.

Lamb, Welington Castillo and Nick Ahmed had two hits apiece for Arizona.

Robbie Ray (3-6) was tagged for four runs and seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts in five innings. Ray has allowed four or more runs in two of his last three outings -- both losses.


The Astros officially activated RHP Mike Fiers on Sunday after acquiring him and Gomez from Milwaukee on Thursday. Fiers will start Tuesday at Texas. . RHP Vince Velasquez was optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi following Saturday's game to open up the roster spot for Fiers.


Diamondbacks: OF A.J. Pollock was out of the lineup for a second straight day Sunday after leaving Friday's game in the seventh inning with tightness behind his left knee. ... RHP Chase Anderson, who has been on the DL since July 19 with right triceps inflammation, was scheduled to start Sunday for the Arizona League D-backs and throw four innings or 60 pitches.


Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Godley (2-0) starts Monday in the first game of a four-game series at Washington. Godley, who has allowed three runs over his first two starts, will be opposed by RHP Doug Fister (4-6).

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers (5-3) starts Monday in the first game of a three-game series against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. McCullers has allowed three earned runs or less in 12 of his first 13 career starts. Texas will counter with RHP Colby Lewis (11-4).

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