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Astros overpowered by Blue Jays in 9-2 defeat

Anemic offense and sub par pitching strike once again in Houston's 9-2 defeat to Toronto.

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The Houston Astros couldn't put enough together to take the last game against the Toronto Blue Jays. A combination of ineffective pitching and anemic offense led to today's 9-2 loss.

Starter Mike Fiers took the rubber for the Astros, facing off against Marcus Stroman. Fiers was touched up early in the bottom of the first, giving up a lead off double to Devin Travis. Travis would score later in the inning for a 1-0 Blue Jays lead.

The Astros responded in the top of the second after an ill-advised play by Stroman. Carlos Correa led off the inning with a single. He advanced to second after Marwin Gonzalez was plunked by Stroman on a pitch that got away from him. Gonzalez was very shaken up after getting hit by the pitch and was replaced by Tyler White in the bottom of the inning. Stroman got two consecutive outs, which advanced Correa and Gonzalez to third and second, respectively, before facing Teoscar Hernandez.

In a bizarre play, Hernandez hit a soft grounder toward Stroman. Stroman raced to make the play and made an ill-advised throw to first. His throw ended up sailing over first base, leading to the first run for the Astros.

After a shaky first inning, Fiers pitched a great second inning, striking out all three batters he faced. The score would stay knotted at 1-1 until the bottom of the fourth. Troy Tulowitzki would lead off with a single, followed by a walk by Russell Martin. Fiers would strike out both Justin Smoak and Justin Upton before giving up an RBI single to Darrell Ceciliani.

The game was finally broken open by the Jays in the bottom of the fifth. Josh Donaldson grounded out to lead off the inning. Edwin Encarnacion would follow with a double and then score on a two run shot by Tulowitzki. Martin would make it back-to-back jacks, giving the Jays a 5-1 lead through five.

The Astros would finally get back on the board in the top of the seventh inning on a Jason Castro home run. Sadly, that would be the last time the Astros scored. The Jays would later add insult upon injury as they scored four combined runs in the seventh and eighth innings, ending the misery by a score of 9-2.

Houston falls to 61-57 on the season. They will have an off day tomorrow before starting a quick two game series in Houston against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.