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Sunday, August 3 (All times Eastern)

Toronto Blue Jays (60-52) at Houston Astros (46-65), 2:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Marcus Stroman (7-2, 3.03) Houston - Scott Feldman (4-8, 4.39)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Blue Jays will attempt to salvage a split of a four-game series with the lowly Houston Astros on Sunday at Minute Maid Park.

Toronto pulled out a 6-5 victory in Thursday's series opener, but lost the next two by scores of 3-1 and 8-2.

Brett Oberholtzer shut down the Blue Jays' offense on Saturday, tossing seven innings of two-run ball to pick up just his fourth win of the season.

"(Oberholtzer) did a tremendous job," said Astros manager Bo Porter. "You're talking about a guy who is fearless. He attacks the strike zone."

Powering the Houston offense were Chris Carter, Jason Castro and Jon Singleton, who all had three hits and a home run.

Toronto had only six hits all day in the loss, while starter R.A. Dickey was tagged for five runs on nine hits over seven innings of work.

Toronto's 23-year-old phenom Marcus Stroman will get another chance to dazzle when he starts on Sunday.

Since joining the Blue Jays' rotation at the end of May, Stroman has been nothing short of spectacular. In 11 starts he has gone 6-2 with an ERA of 2.12. It was quite the surprise, considering he had an ERA of 12.79 as a reliever after being called up to the majors on May 3.

Stroman completely baffled the Red Sox on Tuesday to pick up his seventh win of the year and third in his last three starts. He set a career high with eight strikeouts and allowed just one run over seven innings. He has lasted seven innings in four of his last five starts.

This will be Stroman's first career outing against Houston.

There are a few more miles on the odometer of Stroman's counterpart in this game, as veteran Scott Feldman toes the rubber for Houston.

Feldman has not been able to capture the magic of last season, when he finished a combined 12-12 with a 3.86 ERA for the Cubs and Orioles. This season the right-hander is just 4-8 with an ERA of 4.39 in 19 total starts.

He had been stuck in a particularly nasty rut before his this past Tuesday, when he limited Oakland to one run over seven innings. In the three starts before that Feldman allowed a combined 16 runs on 27 hits.

Pitching against Toronto isn't likely to help, at least if his past history is any indication. In 13 total appearances, seven of which were starts, Feldman is 1-4 with a 5.77 ERA against the Blue Jays.

Earlier in the season, Toronto took two of three from Houston.

08/03 10:35:51 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 102
DET 78
 
Final
PHI 9
ATL 2
Final
MIN 4
BOS 4
Final
HOU 3
DET 2
Final
NYY 0
TAM 3
Final
BOS 7
TOR 9
Final
MIA 8
WAS 0
Final
NYM 4
STL 5
Final
OAK 4
ANA 1
Final
KAN 4
LOS 4
Final
CIN 0
ARI 3
Final
SEA 4
CWS 12
Final
SFG 5
CLE 2
Final
CHC 11
MIL 7
Final
CWS 2
SDP 8
Final
COL 10
TEX 4
8th
BAL 3
PIT 3
 
Final
CHA 102
DET 78
 
Final
WAS 106
PHI 93
 
Final
ORL 91
SAN 103
 
4th
NYK 77
BRK 87
 
4th
BOS 81
IND 74
 
3rd
MIL 48
CHI 48
 
Half
OKC 63
DAL 66
 
3rd
HOU 62
SAC 63
 
3rd
MIN 50
TOR 69
 
1st
UTA 10
DEN 12
 
10:00pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
NOP
2nd
LAMON 47
LOYC 45
 
2nd Intermission
BUF 2
TOR 3
 
2nd
PIT 1
PHI 1
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
EDM
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
COL