For the first time since late April, Brett Oberholtzer is starting for the Astros without necessarily having to fear an immediate hook from the team's starting rotation.
The Oakland Athletics have won three straight series, but the recent success hasn't been quite as sustained as other parts of the season that have led them to the best record in baseball.
The Astros' offense has been up and down this season. Now, with Dexter Fowler and George Springer among the regulars out with injuries, the offense has hit a recent scoring dry spell.
Collin McHugh may have given up three runs in the first inning, but overall, it can be said that his return to Astros action was successful.