Heading into the 6th inning of today's ballgame, the Blue Jays had hit 10 home runs against the Astros this year, and every one of them was a solo shot. Russel Martin changed that when he drove a game-winning 3-run HR to center field against Astros rookie reliever James Hoyt.
The game started out promising for the Astros. After struggling mightily in his first 8 games in the big leagues, Bregman's single in the top of the 1st extended his on-base streak to 9 games. #Altuve4MVP followed with a double, and Carlos Correa drove them both in with a double of his own to give the Astros an early 2-0 lead.
Josh Donaldson quickly put the Blue Jays on the board in the bottom of the 1st with a solo shot off Collin McHugh, which cut the lead to 2-1.
A.J. Reed led off the 2nd with a 410 ft double to center field, and thought that he scored on a Tony Kemp double two batters later. However, the Blue Jays challenged and the replay showed that the ball had sliced just foul before touching the ground down the left-field line. Kemp then hit into a soft ground out and George Springer struck out swinging to end the inning.
Neither pitcher was lights out, but they were able to scatter the hits and walks until the bottom of the 6th when McHugh ran into trouble. After retiring 8 in a row, McHugh gave up back-to-back 1-out singles to Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders. With his pitch count at 95, Hinch decided to go to the bullpen and opted for rookie reliever Jams Hoyt.
Hoyt struggled to get ahead of batters, falling behind 2-0 to Tulowitzki before getting him to ground out and falling behind 3-0 to Martin before running the count full and then leaving a slider over the plate that Martin crushed to center field, giving the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead.
Jandel Gustave pitched the 7th and 8th innings and faced the minimum despite giving up a single to Melvin Upton Jr. in the 7th. Upton tried to steal second, but took off too early and was thrown out 1-3-6.
Altuve hit a 2-out triple in the 8th, his 2nd extra-base hit of the game and third time to reach base, but Correa struck out to end the inning.
The Astros didn't go down quietly in the 9th, literally. Marwin Gonzalez watched the first two pitches get called strikes, even though they were both outside the strike zone. After striking out swinging, he said something to the home plate umpire as he walked away and was thrown out of the game for it. So apparently players aren't even allowed to talk with almighty umpires even as they walk away. #venting
Gattis followed with a 367 ft. fly ball to right that was nothing but a loud out, and A.J. Reed hit a 390 ft. ball to left for his second double of the game. The game rested on the shoulders of recent callup Teoscar Hernandez who had gone 0-3 to that point in his 2nd MLB game. He popped out to 2nd and the Blue Jays evened the series at a game apiece.
Tune in tomorrow at 12:07 PM as the Astros try to win their second series in a row.