TORONTO -- Colby Rasmus
singled in the winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays
defeated the Houston Astros
2-1 on Sunday.
The Blue Jays won three of the four games in the series to complete a 3-7 homestand. Emilio Bonifacio
led off the ninth with a double to center against Jose Cisnero (2-2). Left-hander Wesley Wright
came in to strike out Adam Lind before walking Edwin Encarnacion
ti intentionally to bring up Rasmus, who bounced a 3-2 pitch up the middle into center field.
Casey Janssen (3-0) pitched the top of the ninth to get the win.
Blue Jays starter Todd Redmond struck out a career-best 10 in six innings but did not factor in the decision when he departed with the score tied 1-1. The right-hander allowed three hits, including a home run by Brett Wallace
. The 10 strikeouts equaled a club season high.
Astros right-hander Jarred Cosart, making his third major-league start, allowed four hits, five walks and one run in six innings.
The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead in the third on a sacrifice fly by Encarnacion that scored Jose Reyes, who led off with a walk, took second on Melky Cabrera
's second single of the day and moved to third on Jose Bautista
's fly to right.
Wallace tied the score when he hit a 3-1 pitch to right center for his sixth homer of the season.
The Blue Jays threatened in the fourth. Rajai Davis stole second and proceeded to third on the throwing error by catcher Carlos Corporan. But Cosart threw out Davis at home on Josh Thole's squibber in front of the plate.
Encarnacion thought he had a home run in the sixth, but he was stopped at second with a double after the umpires ruled the ball hit the top of the fence, bounced up and stayed in the park. The decision stood after a video review. The Blue Jays came out of the inning without a run, stranding runners at the corners.
NOTES: Attendance at Rogers Centre was 31,634. ... INF Jake Elmore started at second base for the Astros after 2B Jose Altuve (tight left quadriceps) was given the day off. OF Robbie Grossman, who was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday, started in left field on Sunday. ... Bautista, who started at DH with Davis in right field, equaled his career high for a game with four stolen bases. ... The Astros have Monday off before opening a three-game series at Baltimore on Tuesday with RHP Bud Norris (6-9, 3.93 ERA) facing the Orioles' LHP Wei-Yin Chen (5-3, 2.78 ERA). ... The Blue Jays open a three-game series in Oakland on Monday with RHP Esmil Rogers (3-4, 3.74 ERA) facing RHP A.J. Griffin (9-7, 3.84 ERA).
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