8/13/2014 12:54 A.M. ET
McHugh's effort rewarded in first win since June 3
Astros righty has pitched well of late, allows one run over six innings in victory
By Brian McTaggart / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- Considering he began his career by losing his first eight decisions with the Mets (2012-13) and the Rockies ('13), right-hander Collin McHugh wasn't worried about his six-game losing streak with the Astros.
McHugh had pitched pretty well for the past two months despite not getting a win, but he was able to pick up his first win since June 3 by holding the Twins to one run, no walks and four hits in six innings in the Astros' 10-4 victory Tuesday night.
"It's not something new or something you're really consciously thinking about as a pitcher," McHugh said. "You want to go out and throw zeros up for as many innings you can, as long as you can. That's what we've been trying to do these last few outings, and today we were blessed enough to get a win out of it."
McHugh (5-9) had posted a 3.81 ERA in his nine starts between wins and on Tuesday pitched at least six innings and allowed one run for the third consecutive start. He struck out only three, which was his fewest of the season.
"The biggest thing he did was attack the strike zone," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "He didn't waste a lot of pitches. He went right after those guys and forced them to put the ball in play."
McHugh, picked up on waivers from the Rockies in December, has been a terrific find for the Astros. He's made 18 starts and has a 3.08 ERA, allowing just 79 hits and striking out 118 in 108 innings.