McHugh tagged with loss after getting pulled
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Russel Martin's 3-run blast in the sixth inning erased a 2-1 deficit to send the Blue Jays to a 4-2 win over the Astros north of the border Saturday afternoon. Collin McHugh suffered his tenth loss of the season as Toronto snapped Houston's 4-game winning streak.
Things looked promising early as the Astros jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez. After a 1-out single by Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa smacked back-to-back doubles down the rightfield line to give McHugh the early cushion. Josh Donaldson got one of those runs back with a solo shot off Collin in the bottom of the first before both pitchers seized control of the game.
A Houston lineup that included four rookie starters struggled to put anything together against Sanchez. The best scoring chance took place in the second inning when A.J. Reed led off with a double. Reed appeared to score on Tony Kemp's 1-out double down the leftfield line but, after a replay challenge, the ball was ruled foul and Reed was sent back to second base. Kemp was eventually retired on a comebacker to Sanchez and George Springer struck out to end the threat.
McHugh was looking good until a single up the middle and a bunt single against the shift chased him from the game with one out in the sixth. James Hoyt came in from the bullpen and got Troy Tulowitzki on a grounder for the second out. But Hoyt hung a 3-2 breaking pitch over the middle of the plate to Martin, and the Jays' catcher hammered it deep over the centerfield wall.
Jason Grilli and Roberto Osuna each pitched one inning of scoreless relief to secure win number 12 of the season for Sanchez. With the series now tied at two games apiece, the two teams prepare for Sunday's 12:07 CDT rubber game pitting Mike Fiers against Marcus Stroman.
- Greg Thurston