Friday, July 7, 2017

{allcanada} Sanchez shelled in return as Astros rout Blue Jays


TORONTO — George Springer hit his 26th and 27th home runs of the season and the Houston Astros routed the Blue Jays 12-2 on Friday night in Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez's return from the disabled list.

Springer finished the game 4 for 4 with five RBI's and scored four times for the Astros (59-28). Jose Altuve went 3 for 5, Carlos Correa was 2 for 5 with a home run and two RBI's and Evan Gattis was 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBI's.

Sanchez gave up eight runs — five earned — on seven hits and walked four over 1 2/3 innings for Toronto (40-46), which had a three-game winning streak snapped. The 25-year-old has been hampered by right hand issues all season, most recently a blister on his middle finger which had kept him out since May 20.

Astros starter Charlie Morton was solid in his own return from the disabled list, allowing one run on four hits over six innings and striking out three. Morton had been out since late May with a right lat strain.

Troy Tulowitzki and Ezequiel Carrera hit solo home runs for the Blue Jays.

Sanchez struggled with his command in the early going, walking one batter and throwing 22 pitches in the first inning alone.

Correa opened the scoring in the first with a two-run homer to deep centre-field. It extended his hitting streak to 15 games.

Walks continued to be an issue in the second and Springer made him pay. He belted a pitch to right-field for a three-run shot that extended Houston's lead to 5-0.

An error by Tulowitzki loaded the bases before two more runs came across on a groundout and single. Sanchez's night ended after a two-out double from Gattis made it 8-0.

Sanchez entered the game with a 3.33 ERA in five starts but saw that balloon to 4.85 by the end of the night. He finished last season with the best earned-run average in the American League.

Springer continued his dominance in the third with a double off reliever Mike Bolsinger for his third hit of the night. He later scored on a single from Josh Reddick to make it 9-0.

Springer extended the lead to 10-0 in the fifth with a sacrifice fly for his fourth RBI of the game. Tulowitzki got one back for Toronto in the bottom half of the inning with his sixth of the season to deep centre-field.

Gattis launched a long ball into the left-field bullpen to lead off the seventh to make it 11-1. Springer followed two batters later with a solo homer of his own for the seventh multi-home run game of his career.

Carrera hit a long ball in the ninth for his sixth homer.

Notes: Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was named a replacement player on the American League all-star roster earlier Friday. ... RHP Dominic Leone was optioned to triple-A Buffalo to make room for Sanchez on the Blue Jays' roster. ... Marcus Stroman (8-5, 3.42 ERA) starts for Toronto on Saturday afternoon against Mike Fiers (5-3, 3.80 ERA).

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