HOUSTON (AP) — matt chapman He doubled over Vladimir Guerrero Jr. with two outs in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 4-3 on Friday for their third straight win.
Chapman’s tiebreaking drive from left-center off reliever Hector Neris (1-1) scored Guerrero from first base. Houston lost its third in a row.
“He wasn’t really trying to do too much, he just wanted to extend the inning, get Vladdy in scoring position and keep the inning going,” Chapman said. “Get the next guy up. Luckily I was able to find that space and Vladdy was on his horse so it was good to do that race.”
The Astros put runners on the corners with one out in the bottom of the ninth with singles per yuli gurriel and Aledmys Díaz against Jordan Romano.
Later Jason Castro striking out, JJ Matijevic was sent to the plate for his major league debut, pinch-hitting for Martin Maldonado. The lefty-righty matchup didn’t work out for the Astros when Romano fanned Matijevic for his eighth save.
“First and third, but don’t panic,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said of Romano. “I was throwing 97-98 (mph) today. He has been off. I have to keep talking about him because it’s not easy to do what he’s doing. But again, pitching and defense won this game.”
tim corn (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth.
justin verlander he made his first start against the Blue Jays since going hitless on Sept. 1, 2019, in Toronto. On Friday night, he kept Toronto hitless until Raimel Tapia he singled to right field in the fourth inning.
Verlander pitched six innings and allowed three runs on four hits. He struck out five and walked one.
“My stuff wasn’t as sharp as I’d like, just a little loose,” Verlander said. “But you don’t have your best stuff every time.”
The Astros took a 3-0 lead in the third on a one-out double by Maldonado that was followed by a walk to Jeremy Peña and singles by Michael Brantley, Alex Bregman and Gurriel.
“Early in the game, we didn’t have a lot of good at-bats, but then in the second at-bat, the at-bats got better and got him out of there before we did any more damage,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. saying.
The Blue Jays tied it at 3-3 in the fifth on back-to-back home runs by Santiago Espinal and Bradley Zimmer. The solo home runs, both to left field, came on back-to-back pitches and marked the first home runs of the year for both Espinal and Zimmer.
Toronto scored its first run in the fourth after Tapia led off the inning with a single and then scored on a groundout.
Tile Holder ross undressing he allowed five hits in four innings, allowing three runs and striking out two.
“I’m so happy, I’m smiling,” Montoyo said. “Not just because we’re winning, but we’re playing good defense and we’re shooting and that’s how you’re going to win. Of course, everyone talks about our hitting, but as you know, it’s hard to hit. But if we keep doing what we’re doing, I feel good with this team.”
Tiles: OF George Springer he was out of the lineup after taking a bruise to his right wrist Thursday. Springer said before the game that he hopes to play Saturday night. It is his first trip back to Houston, where he spent seven seasons before signing with Toronto in 2021.
Astros: reliever ryan pressley (knee) ran Friday, which Baker called a “positive sign” and said he will likely face hitters on Sunday, and the team will make an assessment from there.
GOLDEN GLOVES AROUND
Astros 1B Gurriel received his 2021 Gold Glove Award in a pregame ceremony. In addition, the Astros received a team Gold Glove as the best defensive team in the American League last season.
TRIBUTE TO MALDONADO
The Astros honored Maldonado with a pregame video tribute on the 10th anniversary of the catcher’s major league debut.
CHAPMAN ON VERLANDER
“It’s never an easy at-bat, but I’m always up for the task. I definitely didn’t see eight off-speed pitches in my first at-bat. I was puzzled. But that’s the thing with him, he’s unpredictable and he has a lot of really good pitches.”
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Blue Jays: Alek Manoah (2-0, 1.50) starts for Toronto on Saturday. He has pitched into the sixth inning in seven straight starts, allowing two runs or fewer in the last six.
Astros: José Urquidy (1-1, 7:00) allowed six runs and eight hits in four innings in an April 17 loss to Seattle.
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