Call It A Slumpbuster, Astros Win 5-2

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 20: The Houston Astros celebrate the win against the Toronto Blue Jays during MLB action at the Rogers Centre May 20, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

It's amazing what happens when your best players play like it. Michael Bourn, Hunter Pence and Chris Johnson all keyed a comeback victory as the Astros won for the first time since last Saturday. 

Aneury Rodriguez was okay, giving up more hits than he did walks, but he kept the Jays off the board and was able to keep the game close, as Jo-Jo Reyes tore through the Astros lineup. It was a nice turnaround to see the Astros bullpen not be the one to implode, as Houston rocked the Jays relievers for all five runs.

That included a two-run blast from Chris Johnson to put the Astros up 4-2. Johnson went 2 for 3 to raise his batting average up to .216. I'm not sure if Johnson is improving, heating up or just regressing to the mean at his true talent level. He's still a frustrating player who's injuries crop up, but he's also quite exciting at times with that same home run power he showed off in the Rogers Center.

We also got to see what the Astros bullpen could be late in the game, with Wilton Lopez pitching a scoreless eighth to pick up the victory and Mark Melancon getting his second save of the season. Add in a pair of scoreless outings from Sergio Escalona and Enerio Del Rosario and the Astros bullpen did well...once.

Of course, the Astros wouldn't have done this well without getting a 5 for 8 combined performance from Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence. Bourn stole his 15th and 16th base of the season while Pence drove in two more runs. If just one of the Astros core players is all that hits in a game, they're not going to win. If two or three click in the same game, the Astros become a semi-decent team.

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