Astros 12, Blue Jays 4

MoiseKapenda Bower, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros recorded eight extra-base hits, including a trio of triples, and bashed their way past the injury-plagued Toronto Blue Jays 12-4 on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
Houston (42-85) reached double digits in runs for the second time this month, but they lost 15-10 to Boston the last time they did it on Aug. 6.
Every starter excluding designated hitter Chris Carter, who struck out four times, recorded at least one base hit. Three Astros -- L.J. Hoes, Matt Dominguez and Brett Wallace -- scored three runs apiece.
Astros right-hander Jordan Lyles (6-6) allowed three home runs but pitched effectively into the eighth inning. Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie chased Lyles with his two-run home run with one out in that frame, snapping the Blue Jays' streak of 10 consecutive solo homers.
Toronto (57-72) was missing its entire starting outfield with Jose Bautista (left hip), Melky Cabrera (left knee) and Colby Rasmus (left oblique) all on the 15-day disabled list.
After producing a quality start in his first career appearance against the Astros on July 28, Blue Jays right-hander Todd Redmond was ineffective throughout on Friday, exiting in the fourth inning with a nightmarish pitching line.
Redmond surrendered solo runs in the first, second and third innings before the Astros chased him with a five-run fourth. The first four batters of that frame reached base and scored off Redmond, with shortstop Jonathan Villar recording his second triple in as many at-bats prior to right fielder L.J. Hoes working a walk that sent Redmond to the showers.
Like third baseman Matt Dominguez, Hoes reached base and scored following each of his first three plate appearances. When he came home on a Jason Castro triple in the fourth, the Astros had an 8-2 lead.
Redmond allowed a season-high eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits and three walks while recording six strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings.
NOTES: With LHP Aaron Loup on the paternity list, the Blue Jays filled his roster spot by recalling RHP Chien-Ming Wang from Triple-A Buffalo. Wang, who will start on Saturday, is 1-1 with a 7.13 ERA in five starts with Toronto. ... Blue Jays 2B Ryan Goins made his big league debut, batting ninth. A native of the Austin, Texas, suburb Round Rock, Goins was a fourth-round pick in 2009 out of Dallas Baptist University. ... By selecting the contract of C Cody Clark from Double-A Corpus Christi, the Astros increased the number of rookies on their active roster to 14.

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