Houston Astros hammered 6-2 by Toronto Blue Jays
Sanchez stellar, long ball downs Astros
The Houston Astros attempted to put together a ninth inning rally with runners in scoring position and no outs but were only able to drive in two runs as the Toronto Blue Jays would go onto win by the score of 6-2.
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Blue Jays starter, Aaron Sanchez, out dueled Roberto Hernandez, pitching well into the ninth inning before turning things over to Roberto Osuna who managed to strike out the side after a throwing error by Russell Martin. Jose Altuve was in the batter’s box facing a 1-2 count when George Springer picked up his 12th stolen base of the season.
Martin’s throw allowed Jonathan Villar to come around to score, hoping his team would quickly close the gap with Springer standing on second.
Houston (34-22) starter Hernandez (2-5, 5.18 ERA) watched his earned run average take a bump in this contest, allowing Toronto to plate five earned runs behind nine hits including two key home runs in just 5 2/3 frames.
The two long balls came in the home half of the third inning off the bats of both Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista just moments later.
Reyes’ blast was a two-run shot to right field while Bautista pulled the 91 miles per hour sinker to left field for the second two-run blast in the inning. Toronto (25-30) would add another run tally the final run of the inning on an RBI single by Chris Colabello, making it a 5-0 ballgame early on.
Sanchez (5-4, 3.55 ERA) was absolutely lights out tonight, keeping the Astros to just one earned run on six hits and three strikeouts in eight innings. It looked as if he was going to pick up the 6-0 shutout until he gave up the lead-off home run to Jason Castro in the ninth inning.
Toronto recorded their final run of the game back in the sixth inning on what appeared to be an Alex Rodriguez play when Kevin Pillar knocked the ball out from Chris Carter‘s glove, allowing Colabello to score.
Altuve made an excellent defensive play while hoping for a chance at a double play, throwing on the run to get Pillar out at first.
These two teams will continue their weekend series tomorrow as Brett Oberholtzer (0-0, 3.24 ERA) takes the mound opposite Drew Hutchison (4-1, 5.26 ERA) with the first pitch slated for 12:07 p.m. central time.