Blue Jays sweep Astros in Toronto
It appeared as if the Houston Astros were on their way to snapping their three-game skid until the Toronto Blue Jays rallied in the bottom half of the ninth, erasing a three-run deficit to win it 7-6 on a walk-off double by Chris Colabello.
Houston hung a huge four spot in the top half of the fourth inning behind a two-run double by designated hitter Evan Gattis, driving in George Springer and Jose Altuve. First baseman Chris Carter would extend Houston’s lead to 6-3 on a sacrifice fly to to center fielder, Kevin Pillar, pushing Gattis across to score.
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Toronto, like the previous two games, were able to strike first on one of Jose Bautista‘s two home runs of the day. Bautista launched a towering fly ball to center field off Collin McHugh, giving his team the 1-0 advantage during the very first inning of the game.
McHugh (6-2, 4.34 ERA) worked six decent outings today for A.J. Hinch, holding this dangerous lineup to just three earned runs on seven hits but was responsible for giving up two home runs to Bautista and Russell Wilson.
Wilson’s two-run shot came in the bottom half of the fourth inning and gave his team the 3-2 lead while bringing Dioner Navarro along with him. Houston managed to grab the lead just an inning prior on Jake Marisnick‘s fourth big fly of the season to left-center field off veteran hurler, R.A. Dickey.
Dickey (2-6, 5.35 ERA) has struggled to begin the 2015 and but didn’t do all that bad in today’s outing.
In just 5 2/3 frames, the 40-year-old was tagged for only two earned runs on four hits but managed to issue four walks while striking out six Astros.
With his team trailing 6-3 heading into the home half of the seventh, Bautista connected on his second moon shot of the day, this time off reliever Will Harris. His 11th home run of the season came on a first pitcher cutter and was sent to left-center field to cut the lead down to three in hopes of his team rallying late.
Colabello would end things on his RBI double, plating both the game-tying and winning run with one out to complete the sweep of the Houston Astros.
Houston will continue their road trip as they find themselves on the South Side of Chicago to take on the White Sox. Hinch will call upon Lance McCullers (2-0, 1.88 ERA) to duel with Chris Sale (5-2, 3.27 ERA) with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. central time.