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  • 23 Jul
    TORONTO -- The Houston Astros havent been giving Collin McHugh much run support in recent starts.It was the same story Saturday against Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez.Russell Martin hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning, Sanchez pitched seven innings to get his first win in three starts and Toronto beat the Astros 4-2, stopping Houstons winning streak at four.McHugh (7-10) allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings to lose his fourth straight start, with two of those losses coming against the Blue Jays.Theres really no give in that lineup, McHugh said.McHugh has held opponents to three runs or fewer in 10 of his past 11 outings but his 10 losses are a career-high.He didnt quite have the finish on his pitches, manager A.J. Hinch said. As his outing went he was battling himself a little bit.The Astros have been held to two runs or fewer in three of McHughs streak of four losses. Houston is 10-43 this season when it scores less than four runs.Houstons Jose Altuve had two hits, a double and a triple, giving him 997 for his career.Josh Donaldson also homered for the Blue Jays, who have won seven of nine meetings with the Astros.Sanchez (12-2) gave up two runs and three hits in a shaky first, then shut Houston down over the next six frames for his first win since July 25 against San Diego. He allowed two runs and five hits.It seemed like they were just going to jump on the heater early in counts, Martin said. We kind of had to mix it up a little bit, throw some more breaking balls and some off-speed. He did that.Sanchez lowered his ERA to 2.84, second in the American League to Kansas Citys Danny Duffy (2.82).Jason Grilli pitched the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his 26th save.Carlos Correa hit a two-run double in the first as the Astros had three straight opposite-field hits.They slapped three balls to right field in a hurry, Sanchez said. I just knew something had to change there.Donaldson cut the deficit in half with a solo homer off McHugh in the bottom of the first, his 28th.Houston missed a chance to add to its lead in the second, when A.J. Reed led off with a double. Third base umpire Jeff Nelson ruled that Tony Kemps one-out liner had landed fair, but Toronto challenged and the call was overturned after video review. Kemp grounded out and George Springer struck out to end the threat.Replay helps us more than it hurts us but thats where I wish they would have taken away replay for a day, Hinch said.McHugh left after back-to-back singles by Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders in the fifth. James Hoyt came on in relief and got Troy Tulowitzki to ground out before Martin homered, his ninth.The game turned on a dime with one swing, Hinch said. (Hoyt) made one bad pitch and it cost us three runs.Hoyt fell behind 3-0 but battled back to 3-2 before Martin homered on a slider.I was confident in the pitch Hoyt said. 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He kept saying to me over and over, `Coach, I just want to get back and get my body right and get on the practice field as fast as I can.The sixth-year pro from North Carolina and 2011 first-round draft pick has two sacks this season along with two forced fumbles, giving him an NFL-best 19 since 2013.He has been with the Rams for his entire NFL career, emerging as a key starter and the top pass-rusher on their vaunted defensive line. He played in the Rams 9-6 road victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.ddddddddddddQuinn, 26, underwent back surgery last December and spent much of the offseason recuperating. He has started six of the Rams nine games this season while overcoming a series of minor injuries.Quinn was diagnosed with a tumor below his brain while in high school. 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