American League Game Summary - Toronto at Houston|
(Saturday, August 2)
Final Score: Houston 8, Toronto 2
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Carter went 3-for-4 with a home run
and three runs scored as the Houston Astros breezed past the Toronto
Blue Jays, 8-2, on Saturday.
Jason Castro and Jon Singleton also had three hits and a homer for the Astros,
winners in three of four. Singleton's 10th of the year was his first career
inside-the-park home run and the first for Houston since Jose Altuve on August
Altuve finished with two hits and a pair of runs scored to back another strong
performance from Brett Oberholtzer, who improved to 4-1 over his last eight
starts after an 0-6 start. Oberholtzer (4-7) limited Toronto to two runs while
striking out five in seven innings of work.
"(Oberholtzer) did a tremendous job," said Astros manager Bo Porter. "You're
talking about a guy who is fearless. He attacks the strike zone."
R.A. Dickey (9-11) was charged with five runs on nine hits to absorb the loss.
It was 2-2 in the fifth inning when Altuve singled with one out. Then with
Robbie Grossman at the plate, Dickey's pickoff attempt sailed past Danny
Valencia at first, allowing Altuve to advance to third. Valencia's throw to
third then skipped away, and the opportunistic Altuve sprinted home for the
eventual game-winning run. Carter added a solo homer later in the inning to
make it 4-2.
After Grossman robbed Juan Francisco of a two-run homer in the eighth inning
by leaping over the wall in right, Castro's two-run shot in the home half off
reliever Brett Cecil padded the cushion and Singleton's two-run inside-the-
parker put the game out of reach.
Singleton followed L.J. Hoes' single by flying deep to right-center. The ball
caromed off the base of the wall as Anthony Gose fell down. Gose hustled and
got the ball in quickly, and the relay was in time to get Singleton. An umpire
review overturned the call and ruled him safe.
Earlier, Jose Reyes led off the game with a double off the top of the wall in
left. Melky Cabrera extended his hit streak to 10 games with a bunt single
that advanced Reyes to third, and Nolan Reimold sent a sacrifice fly to center
that gave Toronto an early 1-0 lead.
Altuve matched Reyes, doubling to open the bottom of the first. Carter's
two-bagger to left plated Altuve, and Singleton scored Carter later in
the inning with a single to right.
Jose Bautista's RBI double in the top of the third tied the game at 2-2.
The Astros opened the roof at Minute Maid Park in August for the first time
since August 6, 2004 ... Houston finished 4-for-9 with runners in scoring
position ... Toronto has dropped two straight following its six-game win
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