By Cody Stoots

The Astros couldn’t avoid the sweep in their three game series with the Miami Marlins as they drop the Sunday Finale 4-2.

The Marlins started the scoring early off of Astros starter Collin McHugh. Miami pushing across three runs in the bottom of the first. Marcell Ozuna added a solo homer in the sixth inning adding to the Marlins’ lead. It was McHugh’s first start back after a stint on the disabled list. He struck out nine Marlins batters in the losing effort.

“You never want to give the other team the early lead like that,” McHugh said. “Today was not exactly how you want to draw it up.”

McHugh hasn’t won a start since the first week of June and has taken a loss in six straight games.

Astros manager Bo Porter was happy with what McHugh accomplished.

“He ran into trouble early,” Porter said, “but he settled in nicely and gave us length into the game. At the same time, we’ve got to score runs.”

In the midst of extending his hitting-streak to nine games Jose Altuve had a 3 hit day, including a first inning home run. Rookie Jon Singleton added a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth.

“We’re missing a huge part of our offense,” Porter said, “with Fowler and Springer [on the disabled list.] At the same time it’s provided opportunities for other guys to show what they can do here. They have to take advantage of that opportunity.”

The Astros have dropped five straight games now bringing their season record to 42-63 and their record after the All-Star break to 2-7.

The stay at home continues tomorrow as the Oakland Athletics bring the best record in baseball to Houston. The Astros dropped two of three in Oakland the last time the two teams met.


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