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Bichette homers, Gausman fans 10 as Blue Jays top Astros 3-2


Santiago Espinal drove within the go-ahead run with an RBI single within the seventh inning, Bo Bichette added a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 3-2 on Sunday.

Proper-hander Kevin Gausman (2-1) struck out a season-high 10 over seven innings to win his second straight choice as Toronto took two of three from Houston. The Blue Jays have received 9 of 12.

Gausman allowed two runs and 6 hits. He has not walked a batter in 31 2/3 innings this season.

Based on MLB Stats on Twitter, Gausman is the primary pitcher since Cy Younger in 1906 to not stroll a batter or permit a house run in 5 straight begins to start a season (minimal 20 innings pitched).

Tim Mayza labored the eighth and Jordan Romano pitched round Kyle Tucker’s one-out double within the ninth to earn his eleventh save in 12 probabilities.

Romano received some assist from proper fielder George Springer, who made a sensational catch on pinch-hitter Alex Bregman’s liner for the second out.

Toronto, which received 2-1 Saturday, is 9-2 in one-run video games. The Blue Jays lead the foremost leagues in one-run victories.

Astros left-hander Framber Valdez (1-2) didn’t permit successful till Bichette linked with two outs within the sixth, overturning a 1-0 deficit.

Valdez pitched 6 1/3 innings, permitting three runs and two hits. He walked two and struck out two.

Valzdez walked Springer to start the underside of the primary however Vladimir Guerrero Jr. grounded right into a double play to finish the inning.

Chapman drew a one-out stroll within the fifth however Valdez retired the subsequent two batters.

With one out within the sixth, Blue Jays outfielder Bradley Zimmer was hit by a pitch. Springer grounded right into a fielder’s selection, and Bichette adopted with an reverse area homer, his third.

The Blue Jays lead the majors with 31 house runs.

The Astros tied it within the seventh when Kyle Tucker singled, stole second, and scored on Niko Goodrum’s double.

Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. singled to start the seventh however was erased on Matt Chapman’s fielder’s selection. Alejandro Kirk reached on a fielding error by shortstop Jeremy Peña and Phil Maton changed Valdez earlier than Espinal lined a tiebreaking single to left.

Gausman allowed two hits, each singles, by way of the primary 5 innings earlier than the Astros broke the impasse with a two-out run within the sixth. Chas McCormick hit his first profession triple and scored on a base hit by Aledmys Diaz.

BUS TO BUFFALO

The Astros grew to become the newest group to depart Canada by bus, selecting to drive roughly two hours to Buffalo, New York, and fly house from there. By doing so, the Astros prevented having to check their journey get together for COVID-19 earlier than flying into the USA. The Boston Pink Sox and the NBA’’s Philadelphia 76ers each did the identical leaving Toronto final week, as did the Blue Jays on their most up-to-date highway journey.

HEY, BROTHER!

Earlier than the sport, Houston 1B Yuli Gurriel exchanged lineup playing cards together with his sibling, Toronto OF Lourdes, who wrapped his massive brother in a hug earlier than heading again to his dugout.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: OF Michael Brantley returned as the designated hitter after lacking the primary two video games of the collection on account of what the Astros known as well being and security protocols. Brantley went 0 for 4.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Jake Odorizz (1-2, 6.00) begins Monday as Houston hosts a three-game collection in opposition to Seattle. LHP Marco Gonzales (1-2, 3.86) begins for the Mariners.

Blue Jays: RHP Ross Stripling (0-0, 3.60) begins Monday within the opener of the three-game collection in opposition to the New York Yankees. LHP Jordan Montgomery (0-1, 2.70) goes for New York.

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