The Astros couldn’t make it two in a row against the Blue Jays, as they dropped Saturday’s game 8-4. Even though they attempted to come back in the late innings, it wasn’t enough for them. Despite having Cristian Javier on the mound and enjoying another good effort from the heart of the lineup, the series is now tied 1-1.
After being wonderful at home, Javier didn’t have his best outing this time. For a good portion of the game, he was kind of around the zone and didn’t have his usual command. Across 5 1/3 innings, the young righty allowed four hits —including two home runs—, five earned runs, walked four, and struck out eight hitters, while seeing his ERA climb to 2.90.
Javier surrendered all his five runs during the first third of the game. A Cavan Biggio 2-run home run, a Danny Jansen solo shot, and a double from Randal Grichuk accounted for the five runs that hurt the Astros’ win expectancy.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Astros made some noise with a Yordan Álvarez’ opposite-field homer that brought in two runs. It was the sixth long ball of the regular season for the young, big fella.
Then, Álvarez drove in one more with a single and Yuli Gurriel hit an RBI grounder. Álvarez, Alex Bregman, and Yuli Gurriel combined to register six of the Astros’ nine hits in the game and finished the night with four RBIs.
Houston began the ninth inning with a 5-4 score, but the bullpen couldn’t keep the margin intact. Brooks Raley gave up one walk and Joe Smith surrendered a three-run shot to Marcus Semien. Now 8-4, it was almost over. Travis Bergen came in to pitch the ninth and, moments after that, it was done.
One of the best moments for Houston in the game was this Aledmys Díaz’s leaping catch. He jumped up at the LF wall to rob Teoscar Hernández…
The Astros will get another chance to win this series on Sunday, when they face the Blue Jays one more time, at 2:10 pm ET. Zack Greinke will be starting for Houston while prospect Nate Pearson will make his season debut for Toronto.