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Old 08-12-2016, 10:00 PM   #1
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Musgrove gets first career win, Astros beat Blue Jays 5-3

Joe Musgrove pitched seven innings for his first major league win, Teoscar Hernandez homered for his first big league hit and the Houston Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Friday night.

Astros DH Evan Gattis had four hits, including two doubles. Hernandez had two hits and reached base three times while George Springer singled and walked three times.

Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve had two RBIs each as Houston extended its winning streak to four.

Edwin Encarnacion hit his 300th home run and Michael Saunders hit his career-high 20th, but the Blue Jays lost for the first time in four meetings with the Astros.

Encarnacion's 32nd home run tied him with Baltimore's Mark Trumbo for the major league lead.

Making his second career start, and facing the team that drafted him in 2011, Musgrove (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits.

The Blue Jays traded Musgrove to the Astros in July 2012, as part of a nine-player deal that sent left-hander J.A. Happ to Toronto.

Pat Neshek handled the eighth and Will Harris worked around Encarnacion's homer in the ninth for his 12th save.

Blue Jays left-hander Francisco Liriano (6-12) took the loss in his home debut with Toronto, allowing five runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.


Astros: OF Colby Rasmus had surgery Wednesday to remove a cyst from his right ear. He is expected back by mid-September. ... OF Jake Marisnick (right groin) was not in the lineup for a second straight game. He is day-to-day.

Blue Jays: OF Ezequiel Carrera (left Achilles) went 0 for 4 and struck out three times in a rehab game at Triple-A Buffalo. Carrera is expected to come off the DL on Tuesday.


Astros: RHP Collin McHugh (7-9, 4.69) has lost his past three decisions. McHugh matched a season-worst by giving up 10 hits in an Aug. 8 start at Minnesota.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (11-2, 2.85) lost at Kansas City in his previous start, his first defeat since April 22 against Oakland. Manager John Gibbons confirmed Friday Sanchez will be skipped in the rotation over the next few weeks in an effort to limit his innings.

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