Altuve ties career high with 24th HR
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The 2017 A.L. West Champs claimed victory number 92 Tuesday night with a 3-1 decision over the White Sox at Minute Maid Park. Collin McHugh turned in five solid innings and the bullpen kept Chicago in check the rest of the way to secure the win.
McHugh outdueled Chisox top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito to notch his third win of the season. The Astros scored two runs on seven hits off Giolito in 6-2/3 innings, dropping the right-hander to 2-3 since being called up to join the rotation last month.
Making his first start since September 8 when a fingernail injury forced him to exit after only three innings, McHugh struck out five and walked one, needing 87 pitches to navigate through five innings. Collin lowered his season ERA to 3.44 as he makes a bid to secure a spot in A.J. Hinch's postseason rotation.
The only run the White Sox put on the board came in the third inning. Yoan Moncada grounded a 2-out single through the right side, stole second, and came home on Jose Abreu's double to left to make it 1-0 Chicago.
Jose Altuve evened the score with an opposite-field homer in the fourth. Alex Bregman gave the Astros the lead later that inning with a double that scored Marwin Gonzalez from first.
The Astros added an insurance run in the eighth. George Springer led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on Josh Reddick's sacrifice bunt. Springer raced home on Altuve's subsequent groundout and was originally called out by home plate umpire Mike Everitt. But, after further review, Springer was ruled safe as the video showed he was able to get a finger on the plate ahead of Kevan Smith's tag.
Astros fans were happy to get the run home, but even happier to see that Springer came out unscathed on a play that looked eerily similar to the one that injured Carlos Correa earlier in the season.
Will Harris, Luke Gregerson, Chris Devenski, and Ken Giles were money out of the Houston bullpen, combining for four shutout innings featuring nine strikeouts, one hit, and one walk. Giles picked up his 32nd save, striking out the side after Tim Anderson led off the ninth with a single.
The two teams reconvene Wednesday at 7:10 when Brad Peacock opposes veteran righty James Shields.
- Greg Thurston