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Collin McHugh's winning streak may be over, but the Houston Astros have put together one of their own.

McHugh looks to bounce back from his first loss in 10 months Sunday by helping the Astros complete a four-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays.

McHugh (4-1, 3.50 ERA) went 11-0 with a 2.31 ERA in 16 starts before surrendering seven runs - three earned - and seven hits over 4 2-3 innings in Tuesday's 8-1 loss to San Francisco.

"Not good," McHugh told MLB's official website. "Stuff was pretty bad, pretty below average. You could pretty much tell from the get-go. Command wasn't there and stuff wasn't there. Pretty bad combination."

The right-hander is in a familiar position, however, as his previous unbeaten run started at home against Toronto (17-21) on Aug. 1. He allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings before leaving without a decision in a 3-1 victory in his only career meeting with the Blue Jays.

The Astros (24-13) are in position for their best 38-game start to a season since 1998 after running their winning streak to four with Saturday's 6-5 victory.

Houston has nine homers and 24 runs during the streak. Chris Carter hit a three-run shot, Evan Gattis added a two-run blast and Marwin Gonzalez had a solo homer on Saturday.

Carter is 7 for 21 with two homers, two doubles and eight RBIs during the Astros' six-game winning streak - all at home - over Toronto, but he's hitting .158 on the season.

"I feel I've been swinging a lot better now." Carter said. "I think things are about to turn around for me."

The Blue Jays have dropped 12 of 16 on the road, including four straight while being outscored 26-14 and batting .197.

''We haven't been playing great baseball,'' manager John Gibbons said. ''And this has been a tough place for us, for whatever reason."

Edwin Encarnacion should be back in the lineup after getting a day off Saturday and hitting a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the ninth. The first baseman has homered on all four of his hits in 16 at-bats over the past five games, plating six runs.

He's done exactly the same (4 for 16 with four homers) in his last six at Minute Maid Park.

Mark Buehrle (5-2, 5.54) will try to prevent Toronto from a fifth straight loss. Since allowing eight runs in a loss at Cleveland on May 1, the left-hander is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his past two starts. He limited Baltimore to two runs and four hits over six innings in a 10-2 win Tuesday in Toronto's latest road victory.

He hasn't gone beyond that point in any of his seven starts after reaching at least the seventh 20 times last year.

"I wish I went deeper, but I might be getting to that point of my career where getting five, six, seven innings, see where my pitch count is at, and see if I'm getting into trouble late in the game, and if I'm cruising, I can go back out there for another one," Buehrle told MLB's official website.

He has a 0.89 ERA while winning all four of his regular-season starts against the Astros, going eight innings in his only start at Houston on Aug. 25, 2013.

The Jays may be without rookie second baseman Devon Travis, who exited Saturday with left shoulder irritation after striking out in the seventh.

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