On the eve of All-Star Game, the Houston Astros All-Stars showed out. George Springer was unstoppable at the plate. Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve flexed their muscles. With that, the Astros got back on track in a 12-2 over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Rogers Centre.
George Springer was on the doorstep of hitting a cycle after three at-bats. But he “settled” for a 4-for-4 day with four runs scored and five RBIs. Springer hit two home runs and a double.
Correa didn’t wait long to drop a bomb on the Jays after the manufactured beef with Roberto Osuna. He scored the first runs of the game with a two-run home run.
The wheels fell off for Aaron Sanchez who was returning from the DL with a blister issue in the second inning. Home umpire Dana DeMuth squeezed Sanchez in the strike zone and the Jays fielders didn’t help with a few missteps. Houston scored six runs on four hits including a Springer home run and Evan Gattis double.
Josh Reddick plated another run in the third inning, following a double from Springer.
Springer lifted a flyball to center that allowed Alex Bregman to score -- who led off the fifth with a double.
Gattis and Springer touched up Mike Bolsinger for a pair of solo home runs in the seventh.
The offensive success overshadowed the return of Charlie Morton. Morton was stellar, allowing one solo home run over six innings. He gave up four hits, striking out three and walking two.