American League Game Summary - Houston at Toronto
(Wednesday, April 9th)
Final Score: Toronto 7, Houston 3
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Brett Lawrie stroked a two-run homer to help
the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-3 victory over the Houston Astros in the middle
installment of a three-game set.
Melky Cabrera, Maicer Izturis, and Dioner Navarro each supplied two hits for
the Blue Jays, who have won three of their last four. Brandon Morrow (1-1)
allowed three runs on five hits with nine strikeouts in six innings to earn
"I thought he was very aggressive tonight," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons
said of Morrow.
Alex Presley hit a two-run homer and Jose Altuve tripled in Houston's third
straight loss. Starter Lucas Harrell (0-2) gave up five runs -- four earned --
with three walks over 4 1/3 frames.
The Blue Jays started the scoring in the first. Izturis singled on a line
drive to center with one out and Jose Bautista brought him around with a line
drive double to right. Two batters later, Adam Lind singled up the middle to
score Bautista, making it a 2-0 game.
"First inning, I came out a little sluggish, left some balls out over the
plate," Harrell said.
Morrow's perfect game was broken up after he issued a walk to Dexter Fowler to
open the fourth. Two batters later, Castro registered Houston's first hit with
a single to left, placing runners on the corners with one out. Morrow struck
out the next two batters to end the inning.
Cabrera singled to center to lead off the home half of the fifth. He stole
second before Izturis stroked a grounder up the middle for an RBI single,
giving the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead.
Harrell walked Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion grounded out, moving the runners
up to second and third. Lind was intentionally walked to load the bases in
hopes of a double play. Navarro reached on a fielder's choice after Matt
Dominguez lofted his throw from third over the head of Altuve at second base
and into right field, allowing Izturis and Bautista to reach home.
The Astros got three back in the sixth. Fowler singled to left and Presley
smacked a first-pitch fastball into the right center field seats. After Jason
Castro flied out to right, Altuve stroked a triple into center field. He was
brought home when Chris Carter grounded out.
Lawrie drilled a two-run shot into left-center field to extend Toronto's lead
to 7-3 in the seventh.
In all nine Toronto games this season, the decision has been given to the
starting pitcher ... Bautista has reached base safely in all nine games this
season ... Houston reliever Jerome Williams exited the sixth with a right
groin strain ... An Astros starting pitcher has received a decision, win or
loss, in each of the club's first nine games of the season, the last time this
happened in franchise history was in 1989.
04/10 01:38:03 ET
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