Castro & McHugh celebrate win
The Astros jumped all over emergency starter Edwin Escobar in Arizona Monday afternoon, scoring eight runs in the first four innings of an 8-3 triumph. Collin McHugh made the early run support stand up, tossing a complete game 5-hitter to notch his fifth win of the season.
Paul Goldschmidt smacked a solo homer into the Chase Field swimming pool in the bottom of the first to get the scoring started, but McHugh silenced the D-backs over the next six innings while the Astros built a big lead with some timely hitting.
Returning to the sight of last season's playoff clinching celebration, the Astros brought the lumber. Houston plated four runs in the second on RBI singles by Jason Castro, George Springer, Jose Altuve, and Carlos Correa. Castro continued his big day at the plate, driving in two more runs in the third with a double off the left-centerfield wall.
In the fourth, Jose Altuve's first triple of the season brought Springer home with run number seven and Correa delivered the final tally with a single to left. Arizona added single runs in the eighth and the ninth, including a homer by Jake Lamb, but it was too little, to late.
McHugh showed excellent command of his entire arsenal, needing only 107 pitches to record the first complete game victory of his career. A leaping catch by Correa highlighted an error-free performance by the defense as the Astros won their third straight game on the road trip.
Outfielder Carlos Gomez will return from the disabled list for Tuesday's 2:40 CDT tilt and Lance McCullers gets the starting assignment. McCullers gets a chance to handle the bat under National League rules before the two teams head to Houston to finish the "rivalry" series with games on Wednesday and Thursday.
Colin Moran has been optioned to AAA Fresno to make room for Gomez on the roster.
- Greg Thurston