MINNEAPOLIS -- It turns out the only team that can slow down Phil Hughes is . . . the last-place Houston Astros.
One start after facing his old team, the Yankees, Hughes turned in his worst start in a Twins uniform. He allowed a season-high five runs -- including three homers, also the most he's given up this year -- as Minnesota lost 5-4 to the visiting Astros in Friday's series opener at Target Field.
Hughes had done a good job of keeping the ball in the park so far this year, as he had allowed just four home runs in his first 11 starts. Only one of those four homers came at Target Field. But a young Astros team with several talented bats made Hughes pay for a few mistake pitches, and it cost both he and the Twins the game.
"Major League hitters are going to hit mistakes. I didn't get away with a lot of mistakes that I threw in there tonight," said Hughes, who lost for just the second time this season. "That's the way it goes sometimes. You're going to have those days where your s...