Sunday felt like many of the Houston Astros games since the All-Star break. The Astros knocked around Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman, but Stroman prevented Houston from delivering the key blow. Two big swings on Mike Fiers put the Astros behind the eight-ball. Houston seemed destined for another series loss, until the ninth inning.
The Astros scored four runs in the final frame to walk off with a 7-6 win.
The ninth didn't start well for the Astros. With Jose Altuve on first base, Josh Reddick struck out and was later ejected. But maybe the ejection sparked the Astros offense.
Yuli Gurriel and Marwin Gonzalez followed with singles to load the bases. Carlos Beltran grounded into a force, allowing Altuve score. With runners on the corners, Alex Bregman stepped to the plate. Bregman completely squared up a pitch from Roberto Osuna into the left-center field gap.
Former Astro Nori Aoki was first to reach the ball, one of the few tools that Aoki doesn't have is a cannon arm. 40-year-old Beltran rounded third and headed home with Aoki throwing to a cutoff man. Beltran huffed and puffed all the way home to tie the game with two out.
Next up was Juan Centeno. Centeno smacked a ball just over first baseman Justin Smoak, allowing Alex Bregman to score. The mob started, the Astros stormed the field and mobbed Centeno.
The Blue Jays in front with two two-run home runs from Jose Bautista and Aoki earlier in the game. Smoak had the other key hit for the Jays. He doubled home two runs in the 7th inning.
The Astros other offensive inning was in the fifth. Jake Marisnick, Derek Fisher, and Jose Altuve each had hits in the inning. An error and a sacrifice fly scored two runs.
France Martes held the line out of the bullpen for 1 2/3 innings. He struck out two and two walks without giving up a hit.