Fantasy Football 2014:

Blue Jays 7, Astros 3

The SportsXchange

TORONTO -- Right-hander Brandon Morrow struck out nine in six innings and third baseman Brett Lawrie hit a two-run homer on Wednesday night as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Houston Astros 7-3.

Left fielder Melky Cabrera had two singles to extend his hitting streak to nine games as the Blue Jays (5-4) won their second in a row over the Astros (3-6), who are on a three-game losing streak.

Right fielder Alex Presley hit a two-run homer for the Astros.

Morrow (1-1) allowed five hits, one walk and three runs while posting his highest strikeout in a game since May 9, 2012, when he had 10 at Oakland.

Astros left-hander Lucas Harrell (0-2) allowed seven hits, three walks (one intentional) and five runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings.

The Astros scored three runs in the sixth inning to cut the Blue Jays' lead to 5-3. Presley hit his second homer of the season after center fielder Dexter Fowler led off with a single. Second baseman Jose Altuve tripled with one out and scored on designated hitter Chris Carter's grounder to Lawrie, who made a good play to get the out at first.

Houston right-handed reliever Jerome Williams left the game with two out in the sixth with a right groin strain.

The Blue Jays built the lead to 7-3 in the seventh against right-handed reliever Josh Zeid on Lawrie's first home run of the season. It scored catcher Dioner Navarro, who singled with one out and stole second, his 11th career stolen base and his first since 2009.

Right-hander Neil Wagner pitched two innings in relief for Toronto.

Blue Jays right-hander Steve Delabar got one out in the ninth before limping off after he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Altuve that bounced to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion for an out. Right-hander Esmil Rogers took his place to finish the game.

The Blue Jays opened a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Second baseman Maicer Izturis, inserted into the No. 2 spot in the order with a .421 batting average entering the game, singled and scored on a double to right by right fielder Jose Bautista. Designated hitter Adam Lind scored Bautista with a single.

Morrow struck out five of the first six Houston hitters and did not allow a base runner until the fourth, when Fowler led off with a walk and catcher Jason Castro grounded a one-out single to left.

The Blue Jays led 5-0 after a three-run fifth.

Izturis singled up the middle to score left fielder Melky Cabrera, who led off with a single that extended his hitting streak to nine games, and stole second. Bautista walked. First baseman Edwin Encarnacion moved the runners to second and third with a grounder to first. Lind was intentionally walked. Third baseman Matt Dominguez threw wildly to second on a potential double-play grounder by catcher Dioner Navarro and two runs scored on the error.

NOTES: The Blue Jays recalled RHP Neil Wagner from Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday and returned RHP Marcus Walden on option to the Bisons. Wagner had two saves at Buffalo. ... Blue Jays RHP Casey Janssen (back) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and will throw at least one more session before going on a medical rehabilitation assignment. ... Astros RHP Matt Albers will miss the series while on paternity leave so that he could be with his wife, Tara, who gave birth on Tuesday to a boy, Mason James Albers, in Houston. ... Astros CF Dexter Fowler (stomach virus) returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday after missing five straight starts. He was used as a pinch hitter on Tuesday. ... The Blue Jays will start RHP R.A. Dickey (1-1, 4.63 ERA) in the finale of the three-game series while the Astros will start LHP Dallas Keuchel (0-1, 7.20).

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Draft time:
Aug 30 9:00 am
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