(SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Astros haven't played so well in Collin McHugh's last few starts and the right-hander gets the nod Tuesday in the second test of a four-game series versus the Baltimore Orioles.
The Astros won McHugh's first six trips to the mound, but are just 1-3 in his previous four. McHugh did not factor in the outcome of a 5-4 loss at Baltimore on Wednesday and gave up four runs in six innings.
McHugh has allowed 16 runs over the past four starts and is 5-2 overall with a 4.24 earned run average in 10 appearances. He has no record and a 4.38 ERA in two career starts against the Orioles.
Houston recorded a 5-2 win in Monday's opener at Minute Maid Park, as Evan Gattis highlighted a four-run seventh inning with a two-run base hit and Will Harris picked up the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.
"We're a resilient team," George Springer said of the Astros. "It's a good sign of things to come."
Brett Oberholtzer allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings in the start.
Luis Valbuena homered and Houston catcher Jason Castro left the game with a knee injury. He is day-to-day.
The Astros are four games ahead of the LA Angels for the AL West lead.
Baltimore is mired in a three-game losing streak and kicked off its seven-game trip on a sour note. Chris Davis and Ryan Flaherty had an RBI apiece in defeat, while Brad Brach was responsible for the big seventh inning.
"I didn't have it tonight," said Brach. "It was just one of those nights."
Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was reached for two runs and four hits in six innings with eight strikeouts and two walks.
Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones returned to the lineup as a designated hitter after resting a sprained left ankle over the weekend. Jones was 0- for-3 with a run scored, a strikeout and a walk.
The Orioles, who were coming off a 4-4 homestand, will send rookie Mike Wright to the mound Tuesday and he is 2-0 with a 1.40 earned run average in three starts. Wright gave up three runs in five innings of his last start, a 6-3 victory versus the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
Wright, a right-hander, allowed seven hits over 14 1/3 scoreless innings in his first two starts at the big league level.