What is it about about Josh Donaldson (.335, 23 XBH, 29 RBI, 28 BB his career against Houston) and Jose Bautista (12 HR, 32 RBI, 21 BB) that makes them such Astros killers? Yes, they are great players but they always seem to find a way to twist the knife a little deeper against the Astros. It wasn't any different on Sunday.
Collin McHugh once again didn't seem to have his best stuff on the mound, but for the first time he seem to show his frustration after a few close strike calls. Jose Bautista and Russell Martin touched up McHugh for two home runs but he kept the Astros in the game.
Colby Rasmus rose above the jeers from the Blue Jays fans to go 2-for-5 in the game with a double. That double came in the second. Rasmus moved to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a wild pitch - a common occurrence with a knuckleballer like R.A. Dickey.
Marisnick snapped his cold streak (6-for-38 in his last 15 games) on Sunday, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored.
Donaldson giveth in the seventh. Jake Marisnick led off the inning with a hit-by-pitch. George Springer singled to put two on with no out. Jose Altuve grounded to Donaldson, who attempted to turn two. Donaldson's throw sailed into right field, scoring one. Altuve stole second to remove the chance of a double play.
El Oso Blanco cleared the bases with a broken bat double over the heads of the Jays outfielder, scoring two. You read that correctly, Evan Gattis hit a ball almost to the warning track in the left-center field gap on a broken bat.
Chris Carter added a fourth run with a sacrifice fly.
Bautista smacked his second home run of the game, this time off Will Harris, who saw his ERA jump from .33 to .66 after the home run.
Luke Gregerson entered the game in the ninth in the hopes of picking up his 16th save this season.
Munenori Kawasaki started with a bloop down the line in left that bounced off the Rogers Centre turf for a ground rule double. Jose Reyes drove home a run with a single just past Gregerson.
Gregerson induced Bautista into a popup just to the right of second base. Jonathan Villar called off Jose Altuve to make the play. Villar ran into Reyes, who was firmly planted on second, allowing the ball to drop. Interference wasn't called because Reyes was in fact on the bag and not attemping to impede Villar.
The fault of the play was on Villar who should have let Altuve take the play as the ball fell just to the right of second.
Reyes and Bautista both safe after the error (it was called a hit, but I'd put it down as an error in my scorebook), successfully pulled off a double steal on Hank Conger.
Chris Colabello came into Sunday's game with a longest active hitting streak in the majors (16 games) and was 0-4 thus far in the day. Colabello extended his hitting streak, knocking a ball back up the middle - scoring two runs and completing the Jays' comeback.
The Astros have now lost four games in row for the first time this season and have been swept for the second time this season.