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Blue Jays 2, Astros 1: Astros unable to solve the knuckleball; Musgrove outstanding in debut

Joe Musgrove strikeouts eight in debut but the Astros can't get the bats going.

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Entering Tuesday game between the Astros and Blue Jays. Toronto starter R.A. Dickey is 0-3 with a 6.54 ERA in five career starts at Minute Maid Park. Astros starter Lance McCullers came into Tuesday game with back-to-back 10 strikeout games.

On paper, the Astros had a clear advantage. Instead, Dickey pitched seven innings of one-run baseball and McCullers exited the game early with a possible injury in the Blue Jays' 2-1 on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

McCullers scattered seven hits and allowed two runs. He gave up were two solo home runs to Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista -- his 300th career home run.

The Astros missed the few key chances to put a run on the board in the first inning. Back-to-back singles with two outs gave the Astros hope for a run with Jose Altuve 90 feet away. But Colby Rasmus grounded out to first.

Following the Bautista home run, Colby Rasmus cut down Josh Donaldson at second attempting to get a double out of a sharp single to left field. Edwin Encarnacion hit the second home run in the seventh inning.

The Astros picked up a run in the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez hit a double down the line. Evan Gattis picked up a RBI single with a line drive back up the middle. The Astros still trailed 2-1.

Joe Musgrove kept the Astros int the game, striking out eight over 4 1/3 innings.

Altuve was 3-for-4 and scored a run.