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|06-05-2015, 09:40 PM||#1|
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Blue Jays beat Astros 6-2 in series opener
Aaron Sanchez pitched into the ninth inning, Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista each hit a two-run homer, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Houston 6-0 on Friday night to end a seven-game losing streak against the Astros.
Sanchez (5-4) allowed one run and six hits in eight-plus innings, leaving after giving up three straight hits to start the ninth. Roberto Osuna finished to give Toronto its first win over Houston since Aug. 1, 2014.
Jason Castro hit a leadoff homer in the ninth, snapping a 21-inning scoreless streak by Blue Jays pitchers. Toronto held Washington scoreless in the final four innings of a 7-3 win in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader, and Mark Buehrle tossed a six-hitter in Wednesday's 8-0 win over the Nationals.
Castro's homer was the first off a Toronto pitcher in 36 innings.
Reyes hit his first homer of the season in Toronto's five-run third. Josh Donaldson followed with a single and scored when Bautista homered off the facing of the third deck in left.
Edwin Encarnacion doubled and scored on an RBI single by Chris Colabello, Toronto's fifth straight hit off Roberto Hernandez.
Hernandez (2-5) allowed six runs, five earned, and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. The right-hander is winless in three starts and has given up 18 runs in that span.
Sanchez was perfect until George Springer reached on an infield single to start the fourth, with Donaldson's throw from third pulling Justin Smoak off the bag at first. Springer was erased when Jose Altuve followed by grounding into a double play.
Colby Rasmus hit a one-out single in the fifth, but the inning ended when Luis Valbuena grounded into a double play.
Astros: RHP Will Harris, who limped off the mound after being hit in the left foot by a broken bat Thursday, was feeling fine Friday despite minor bruising and swelling.
Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis (left shoulder), who hasn't played since May 29 after feeling sore in a rehab game at Triple-A, will be reevaluated Monday. "He's moving in the right direction," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said.
Astros: LHP Brett Oberholtzer (0-0, 3.24 ERA) makes his third start of the season and his first on the road. Oberholtzer has been on the disabled list twice this season with a blister on his left index finger.
Blue Jays: RHP Drew Hutchison (4-1, 5.26) was chased after 5 1-3 innings in Minnesota last week, the first time in four starts he'd failed to work at least six innings. Hutchison has been unable to reach the sixth in six of his 11 starts.