Toronto (31-29) at Houston (23-35)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Fri Jun 10, 2005
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The Houston Astros return home on a positive note as they open a three-game interleague series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park.

Morgan Ensberg’s ground-rule double scored the go-ahead run and Adam Everett’s two-run single in the 11th inning gave Houston a 6-3 win over the New York Mets on Thursday as the Astros won their second consecutive road series.

The Astros—still just 7-23 away from Minute Maid Park—have won four of their last six on the road.

“A little bit of daylight,” Astros manager Phil Garner said. “We still have work to do, but this moves us in the right direction.”

Ensberg, about the only consistent hitter in the Astros’ lineup all season, has hit 10 home runs since May 1 and is batting .300 (27-for-90) over his last 27 games.

This series marks the end of the Blue Jays’ season-high 13-game road trip. The Blue Jays are 4-6 on the trip despite opening by taking two of three from the major league-leading Chicago White Sox.

Ted Lilly will start Friday’s opener for Toronto, hoping to overcome his recent difficulties. The left-hander has won just once in his last seven starts, and has failed to complete six innings in all but one of those outings.

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T. Lilly LAD vs. W. Rodríguez KC
10-11 Record 10-10
5.56 ERA 5.53
96 K 80
58 BB 53
1.53 WHIP 1.46