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Blue Jays Plan Long Ball In Win Over Astros

Jays avoid sweep by hitting 5 homers

June 16, 2019 - 4:12 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Rowdy Tellez, Lourdes Gurriel Jr, Freddy Galvis, and Teoscar Hernandez hit home runs as the Toronto Blue Jays avoided a weekend sweep at Minute Maid Park with a 12-0 win over the Astros Sunday afternoon. 

Toronto's first homer of the day came in the first inning when Rowdy Tellez smacked Brad Peacock's 1-1 fastball over the wall in left-centerfield, putting the Blue Jays up 2-0. Peacock allowed baserunners in the second, third, and fourth innings, but didn't allow run, though that changed in the fifth when Gurriel followed an Eric Sogard double by sending a 2-2 slider from Peacock over the Crawford Boxes, doubling Toronto's lead. Peacock's day ended after the fifth as he took the loss, dropping to 6-4 on the season.

Cionel Perez replaced Peacock in the sixth and the Blue Jays blew the game open at that point. Cavan Biggio and Randall Grichuk welcomed the lefty to the game with hits, and then on the 11th pitch of the at bat, Galvis hit a towering fly ball that hit off the leftfield foul pole for his 10th home run of the season, making it a seven run game, but the inning was far from over. Sogard and Vladimir Guerrero Jr reached with one out when Gurriel singled home Sogard, and Hernandez capped the inning with his fifth home run, just over the glove of a leaping Josh Reddick in rightfield.

Perez didn't allow runs the next two innings, and Tyler White moved from first base when he allowed a leadoff home run to Hernandez. 

That offense was plenty for Blue Jays starter Trent Thornton, who held the Astros scoreless for 6.2 innings while allowing six hits and striking seven in earning his second win of the season. Justin Shafer followed him and didn't allow a run in 1.1 innings despite walking three. Joe Biagini worked a scoreless ninth.

Galvis had three hits for the Blue Jays as they improve to 26-45 on the season. Hernandez and Gurriel knocked home four runs. 

Houston drops to 48-24 despite a pair of hits from Reddick.

The Astros will hit the road Monday as they begin a 7-game road trip with the opening game of a three-game series in Cincinnati.