Collin McHugh continued his stellar season and the Houston Astros got back to their winning ways. 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. McHugh (15-7) gave up seven hits and struck out six in picking up his second straight win.

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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have activated outfielder George Springer from the 15-day disabled list.

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Taylor Jungmann has found a groove against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jungmann, who made his major league debut against the Pirates in June, pitched six strong innings to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat Pittsburgh 5-3 Thursday night. Jungmann is 3-0 in three starts against Pittsburgh this season, pitching to a 1.35 ERA over 20 innings.

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With pitching reinforcements and some hitting surprises, things are clicking for Texas.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — After being held out of the starting lineup for the entire series to rest, it was time for Mitch Moreland to step up.

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Brad Johnson covers the latest in the twins worlds of closers and base runners.

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It’s September now. And while a good chunk of the sports world is going football crazy, we over here in the land of baseball are pretty excited about the month ahead of us too. We’ve got playoff races to watch, divisions to decide and postseason awards to lock up. There will be excitement, disappointment, surprise and agony — and that might only be in the NL East. [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today! ] As we size up the month ahead, there are storylines abound, from these surprising teams like the New York Mets and the Houston Astros to the juggernauts hoping to escape disappointment like the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. So The Stew’s Mike Oz and Chris Cwik are here with the 10 most important storylines for the month ahead. Get ready, baseball fans, because this is going to be a fun one.

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(The Sports Xchange) – Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel matched the club record for consecutive home wins and received ample run support as the Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 at Minute Maid Park on Monday. Keuchel (16-6) leads the American League in wins after allowing one run on six hits and one walk with eight strikeouts over seven innings to maintain his place among the American League Cy Young Award candidates. “He doesn’t have all the power in his stuff but he knows how to pitch,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said of Keuchel.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. It may be too late, but the Cleveland Indians are surging heading into September. The club picked up its sixth straight win Monday, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2.  Starter Danny Salazar was magnificent against the best offense in baseball. Salazar allowed just two runs on six hits over seven strong innings. He walked one and struck out 10 Blue Jays during the performance.  Though Salazar was great, the team ran into some trouble after he exited the game. Toronto was able to make things interesting in both the eighth and ninth innings. Bryan Shaw picked up two quick outs to start the eighth, but followed that up by allowing a hit to Jose Bautista. He was removed from the game at that point in favor of closer Cody Allen. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Allen looked shaky to kick things off. After a single from Edwin Encarnacion put men on second and third, Allen intentionally walked Troy Tulowitzki after falling behind in the count 2-0. He was able to strike out Justin Smoak to end the frame. Things weren’t any easier in the ninth, though. Allen allowed two singles in the inning, bringing the winning run to the plate twice. Ben Revere popped out, setting the stage for American League MVP candidate Josh Donaldson to play the hero. For once, Donaldson couldn’t get the job done. Allen struck him out, preserving the victory. With the win, Cleveland improved to 64-66 on the year. The team is just four games out of the second wild card spot in the AL. DALLAS KEUCHEL LEADS ASTROS TO ANOTHER WIN In what should come as no surprise, the Houston Astros won a game with Dallas Keuchel on the mound Monday. Keuchel was excellent, helping his team pull off the 8-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners. The AL Cy Young award candidate tossed seven strong innings, allowing one run on six hits. He struck out eight and walked one during the contest. With the win, Keuchel became the first 16-game winner in the American League. He did some show that he was human during the start, though, giving up his first home run in Minute Maid Park this season.  Trumbo’s HR was first off Keuchel at Minute Maid Park this year in 367 at-bats. He’d started 17 straight here since last HR in 2014. — Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) September 1, 2015 Coming into the game, Keuchel had a 1.35 ERA at home this year. He’s still in good shape, despite the home run. With the win, Houston improved to 73-59 on the season. They are four games up on the Texas Rangers in the AL West. METS CONTINUE WINNING WAYS The New York Mets gained a game in the standings Monday. The club did so by riding Bartolo Colon to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Colon had everything working during the contest. He kept the Phillies off the board for eight innings, giving up just four hits. Colon struck out nine and walked one. He was backed by Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson. Both players hit home runs in the fifth inning, giving Colon a three-run lead.  Jeurys Familia came on in the ninth, and made things interesting before finally closing it out. Familiar loaded the bases to kick things off. One run would come around to score, but Familia would induce a double play. With one out, and the tying run at the plate, Familia struck out Andres Blanco for the win. With the victory, the Mets improved to 73-58. They hold a 6.5 game lead over the Washington Nationals in the NL East. NATIONALS BULLPEN CAN’T GET IT DONE The Mets were able to gain a game Monday after the Washington Nationals bullpen imploded. The Nats couldn’t hold a lead against the St. Louis Cardinals, eventually falling 8-5.  The loss was a real let-down for Washington. After the club fell behind by two runs early, the Nationals managed to claw their way back into the game.  The team cut the deficit to one run in the sixth, and managed to take a two-run lead on a Ryan Zimmerman home run the following inning. It wouldn’t last. In the bottom of the frame, Casey Janssen struggled to pick up outs. While he did induce a double play ball, it was too late. Janssen was removed after allowing the Cards to tie things up. Felipe Rivero came on in relief, but gave up a two-run double to Jason Heyward and a run-scoring single to Kolten Wong.  After the five-run inning, the Cardinals kept the Nationals off the board. With the win, St. Louis improved to 85-46 on the year. Want to see more from Monday’s slate of games? Check out our  scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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(The Sports Xchange) – Oakland’s Pat Venditte took a piece of history away from his first Major League victory Sunday. The switch pitcher threw two scoreless innings in the Athletics’ 7-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday at Chase Field, benefiting when shortstop Marcus Semien’s two-run single broke a tie with two outs in the 11th inning. “To get this first one was very special,” Venditte said.

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