By Joshua Reese

CBS Houston – After 20 days off from work, most normal people would like to leisurely get back into a groove at their job.

Most people aren’t Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus, his first back on the job after nearly a month-long DL stay, he homered, made big plays in the outfield and was a key reason the Astros picked up the 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.

“You sort of expect the unexpected from him,” Manager A.J. Hinch said of Rasmus’s game Tuesday night.

A scoreless game in the second inning, in his very first at-bat back Rasmus, sent a 1-2 sinker that Kendall Graveman left up in the zone over the rightfield wall to put the team up 1-0.

“Really big hit tonight for the team, but also for him to be able to come back and jump right back in and pick up where he left off is huge,” Collin McHugh said of Rasmus homer.

The team was happy to see him back, but no one was more excited than Rasmus. A cyst in his right ear caused him to seek surgery, but finally, he was able to come back and be helpful.

“About as good of a feeling as you could have, being a baseball player,” Colby Rasmus said of his return back to action, “I was just glad to be out there and contribute and do some good for the team, in a time where we need a little spark.”

Maybe it was something in the air, maybe it was Rasmus’s return, but McHugh and the defense both brought their A-plus game Tuesday night.

McHugh was a little rough early allowing some base runners, but he’d find a groove and end up sitting down 12 of last 14 batters he faced. His night would end after the sixth inning after a high pitch count, but the scoreless game he tossed would only be the third time this year he’d leave a game without allowing a run.

The Offense would give McHugh a little more cushion in the third inning. George Springer would score the team’s second run. After a two-out walk, a stolen base, and a throwing error, rookie Alex Bregman would dump a single right over third base, driving in Springer giving the team a 2-0 lead.

Evan Gattis would tack on one more run in the seventh, with one out, he’d take a 3-2 pitch an estimated 416 feet over the left-center wall for a solo homer.

Ken Giles would pick up his sixth save of the year, with two strikeouts and a ground out. With the win, the Astros are able to keep pace in the wildcard race, still two games back of the Baltimore Orioles.


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