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Bregman, Kemp, Alvarez, Chirinos Homer In Win Over Jays

Astros open weekend series with 15-2 win over Toronto

June 14, 2019 - 10:04 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Alex Bregman, Tony Kemp, Yordan Alvarez, and Robinson Chirinos hit home runs as the Astros opened their three-game weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays with a 15-2 win Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros never trailed in the game, even after the Blue Jays loaded the bases in the first. Gerrit Cole ended that threat by striking out Randal Grichuk, and the Astros went to work against Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez.

Bregman and Michael Brantley started the bottom of the first with back-to-back five pitch walks, and after Yuli Gurriel struck out, Alvarez singled to load the bases. Chirinos singled home a pair to put the Astros on top. Josh Reddick followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 Astros.

Cole retired the side in order in the top of the second, and the Astros increased their lead when Bregman followed a Tony Kemp single and Jake Marisnick walk by launching a Sanchez 1-1 fastball into the Crawford boxes for his 19th home run of the season. Cole struck out two in a 1-2-3 third, and the Astros increased their lead in their half of the frame thanks to Kemp's two-run homer, his fifth of the season, which made it 8-0.

Sanchez was done after three innings, but the Astros continued to pile on with Sam Gaviglio on the mound. A Gurriel two-out single preceeded Alvarez's third home run in four games to make it 10-0.

Toronto finally got to Cole in the fifth when Cavan Biggio, playing at Minute Maid Park for the first time, crushed a two-run to centerfield, but that's Cole allowed on the night. In six innings he surrendered three hits and struck out 10, earning his sixth win of the season. Rogelio Armenteros made his Major League debut and threw up zeroes in the seventh and eighth. Houston really blew the doors off in the bottom of the eighth. 

Tim Mayza walked three of the first four he faced, and the fifth batter, Alvarez, also walked, forcing home the Astros 11th run. Thomas Pannone replaced Mazyza, but Chirinos welcomed him to the game by ambushing a first pitch fastball for his first career grand slam.

Armenteros earned a three-inning save by tossing a scoreless ninth.

Alvarez finished with three hits and three RBI.

Chirinos knocked home six runs to go with two hits, while Kemp and Josh Reddick added a pair of hits. 

The win improves the Astros to 47-23, while Toronto drops to 25-44.

Framber Valdez will make his second start of the season for the Astros Saturday in the middle game of their three-game series against the Blue Jays opposite Clayton Richard.