Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Nolan Reimold's second home run of the game
propelled the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros in the
opener of a four-game series.
Reimold homered in the ninth inning off of Chad Qualls (1-3) to put Toronto
ahead and Casey Janssen pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to lock down
the win and pick up his 18th save of the season.
Jose Bautista and Dioner Navarro also homered the for the Blue Jays, who have
won six straight after starting a 10-game road trip with a loss.
Drew Hutchison lasted just three innings as he was tagged for four runs on six
hits. Aaron Sanchez (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the win.
Jonathan Singleton hit a solo home run for the Astros, who have lost seven of
Jake Buchanan made the start for Houston in place of Jarred Cosart, who was
traded to Miami earlier on Thursday. Buchanan gave up three runs on five hits
over five innings.
Bautista hit a solo homer in the first and Ryan Goins singled home Danny
Valencia in the second to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead.
In the home half of the second, Singleton homered with one out to make it a
2-1 game, and the Astros went on top in the third.
Gregorio Petit singled and moved to second on a balk. Robbie Grossman singled
to score Petit and moved to second on the throw home. A double from Jason
Castro scored Grossman, and Marc Krauss singled home Castro for a 4-2 lead.
Reimold hit his first home run of the game and the season in the fifth, and
Navarro added his solo blast in the sixth.
"Obviously, their four solo home runs proved to be the difference in the
ballgame," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "They definitely are a power-hitting
Houston, though, scored one run in the home sixth as Matt Dominguez doubled,
moved to third when L.J. Hoes reached base on a Bautista error, and came home
on a Petit groundout.
Bautista's sacrifice fly tied the game in the eighth.
The Blue Jays took two of three from the Astros in Toronto in early April ...
Houston got outfielder Jake Marisnick, pitcher Francis Martes, infielder Colin
Moran and a 2015 competitive balance draft pick from Miami for Cosart in
addition to infielder Enrique Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates ...
Toronto placed first baseman Dan Johnson on the 15-day disabled list on
Thursday and recalled pitcher Chad Jenkins from Buffalo (IL).