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Collin McHugh pitches into 8th, Conger blasts grand slam in Astros' 8-0 win over Twins

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HOUSTON — Collin McHugh went 7 2-3 innings and Hank Conger hit a grand slam as the Houston Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 8-0 on Friday night.

PHOTO: Houston Astros' Collin McHugh delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Houston Astros' Collin McHugh delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

McHugh (15-7) gave up seven hits and struck out six in picking up his second straight win. McHugh has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last six starts.

Colby Rasmus had two hits, including a monstrous two-run homer into the upper deck in right field in the second inning to give the Astros a 3-0 lead.

Conger upped the lead to 7-0 with the grand slam in the fourth into the Crawford Boxes in left field. After Evan Gattis, Jed Lowrie and Carlos Gomez led off the inning with singles, Mike Pelfrey (6-9) struck out the next two hitters to set up Conger's second grand slam of the season.

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