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McHugh falls to 0-8 for career with loss

Collin McHugh had a memorable major league debut a year ago, but the Providence Christian graduate will go into 2014 still looking for his first victory.

The Colorado Rockies pitcher finished 0-4 this season, the same record he had with the New York Mets in 2012.

McHugh, 26, was traded in late July for outfielder Eric Young Jr. and made four starts for last-place Colorado, three this month. He allowed just four hits and a run over five innings against St. Louis on Sept. 16 in a no-decision, but struggled in his last two starts.

The right-hander allowed nine hits and eight runs over four innings in a loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday night, his ERA rising to 10.04 in eight games for the Rockies and Mets.

McHugh also made 20 minor league starts for three teams, going 6-5 with a 3.42 ERA.

“It’s been a long year for me, my wife, my family,” he told reporters after the loss to the Dodgers. “It’s hard to say what’s going to happen next year. That’s baseball. I really like it here, like the guys, like the organization and I think we’ll put a quality product on the field. I would love to be a part of that.”

McHugh’s highlight remains his debut for the Mets against the Rockies at New York in August of 2012, when he struck out nine over seven scoreless innings. But he got a no-decision and is now 0-8 with an 8.64 ERA in his career.