Juan Centeno delivered a two-out walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap a furious four-run rally and lift the Astros to a 7-6 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Alex Bregman’s two-run triple, also with two outs, set the stage for Centeno, who shot a […]
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons had no idea Norichika Aoki has that kind of power. Despite playing 32 games in an Astros uniform at Minute Maid Park, Blue Jays outfielder Norichika Aoki rifled his first home run in Houston’s home ballpark this season on Sunday — a two-run bullet in the seventh inning of the […]
A day after the Astros thumped the Blue Jays for 16 runs on 18 hits, Marco Estrada guided Toronto to a series-tying 4-3 victory in 10 innings, holding down Houston’s adept offense, which leads MLB in runs, hits, doubles, home runs and batting average.
Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada said it was impressive. Astros manager A.J. Hinch called it funky, but good, and catcher Brian McCann described it as nice. But to the Blue Jays’ Rob Refsnyder, who scored Saturday’s game-winning run with a nifty, evasive slide, he might’ve just been lucky.
Francisco Liriano, making his second appearance for the Astros since getting traded by the Blue Jays on Monday, gave up the winning run in the 10th inning when Ryan Goins shot a two-out single to left field to score Rob Refsnyder and send Toronto to a 4-3 victory.
The Astros will close their three-game series against the Blue Jays with right-hander Mike Fiers facing Toronto’s Marcus Stroman in a rubber match on Sunday at Minute Maid Park.
Prior to Saturday’s game, the Blue Jays selected the contract of reliever Taylor Cole, marking his first big leagues stint, and designated Mike Bolsinger for assignment.
Prior to Friday’s opener of their three-game series against the Astros, the Blue Jays placed catcher Miguel Montero on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right groin and recalled catcher Raffy Lopez. Toronto also optioned Joe Biagini to Triple-A Buffalo and activated right-handed reliever Danny Barnes.
Houston’s Charlie Morton and Toronto’s Marco Estrada will square off on Saturday at Minute Maid Park in the second game of a three-game series between the Astros and Blue Jays.
Norichika Aoki made his Blue Jays debut in the eighth inning on Friday night, against the Astros club that traded him five days prior, and the Minute Maid Park fans gave him a heartfelt ovation before his only at-bat.
When the Astros get going the way they did in the fourth inning on Wednesday, there’s not much the Blue Jays can do, but they didn’t just roll over.