GAME SUMMARY: Evan Gattis had a three-run home run and Luis Valbuena followed with a solo shot to highlight a five-run third inning to give the Houston Astros a 6-4 win over the Orioles on Tuesday night.
Collin McHugh (6-2) allowed four runs to the Orioles (23-28) in the second, but the Astros (33-20) answered with the five-run inning off Mike Wright (2-1).
Gregerson picked up his 15th save.
McHugh and Pat Neshek held the Orioles hitless for six innings. Luke Gregerson allowed one hit in ninth and picked up his 15th save.
THE GOOD: Manny Machado turned a nifty double play on Marwin Gonzalez to end the second. On Monday night, Gonzalez turned a most difficult DP on the Orioles.
THE BAD: After three strong starts, Wright allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings.
THE UGLY: Travis Snider forgot how many outs there were in the fifth inning. He took off from first on Adam Jones’ fly ball to center and was easily doubled off to end the inning.
NOTABLE: The Orioles have three losing streaks of at least four games.
STRUGGLING: With the loss, the Orioles are five games below .500 for the first time this year.
OUCH: J.J. Hardy had an MRI to check on his left oblique. He missed his second straight game.
WEIRD: Preston Tucker’s ground ball took a strong hop over Steve Pearce at second, helping set up the big inning.
TRIPLING: For the second straight game, Ryan Flaherty had an RBI triple.
SCORELESS: Reliever Chaz Roe threw two more scoreless innings. Since joining the Orioles late last month, Roe has pitched 9 1/3 innings without giving up a run.
REHAB: Matt Wieters was scheduled to catch Bud Norris in Norfolk on Tuesday night, but it was rained out. They’ll try again on Wednesday.
COMING UP: Miguel Gonzalez (5-3, 3.48) faces Lance McCullers (1-0, 2.40) on Wednesday night at 8:10 p.m.