Astros slug 3 HRs in 4th straight win, 11-7 over Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) — Jeremy Peña hit a three-run home run, Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman also connected, and the Houston Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-7 Friday night, extending their winning streak to four games.

Bregman hit a solo home run off Yusei Kikuchi in the first, his fourth, and Peña and Alvarez went deep off Trevor Richards in a five-run sixth inning.

Peña’s homer was his fourth, while Alvarez hit his fifth of...

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TORONTO (AP) — Jeremy Peña hit a three-run home run, Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman also connected, and the Houston Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-7 Friday night, extending their winning streak to four games.

Bregman hit a solo home run off Yusei Kikuchi in the first, his fourth, and Peña and Alvarez went deep off Trevor Richards in a five-run sixth inning.

Peña’s homer was his fourth, while Alvarez hit his fifth of the season. Alvarez went 3 for 4 with a walk. He had three RBIs and scored three times.

Bregman scored three runs and Yuli Gurriel had three hits, including a pair of doubles, as Houston matched a season-high with 14 hits.

Kyle Tucker had two hits and two RBIs for the Astros, who have won five of six since a four-game losing streak.

Houston is 8-0 when scoring four or more runs, and 10-2 when scoring first.

Astros right-hander José Urquidy (2-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings to snap a two-start winless streak. He walked one and struck out six.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a three-run home run for the Blue Jays, his sixth, and Matt Chapman hit a two-run shot off the facing of the fifth deck in left, his fourth.

Guerrero connected off Urquidy in the third, erasing Houston’s 4-1 lead, while Chapman’s homer came off Phil Maton in the seventh.

Blue Jays right-hander Trent Thornton (0-2) allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings.

Kikuchi allowed four runs and four hits in 2 2/3 innings. The left-hander has pitched past the fourth inning just once in his first four starts with Toronto.

PASSPORT, PLEASE

Houston played in Toronto for the first time since Aug, 30 to Sept. 2, 2019. Astros right-hander Justin Verlander threw a no-hitter against the Blue Jays in the middle game of that series, his second no-hitter in Toronto.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: OF Michael Brantley was scratched from the lineup because of what the team called health and safety protocols. Chas McCormick moved from center to left, and Jose Siri got the start in center.

Blue Jays: LHP Tayler Saucedo was removed from the game because of a sore right hip. Saucedo faced two batters in the fifth before departing.

ROSTER MOVES

The Blue Jays optioned RHP Bowden Francis to Triple-A Buffalo and selected INF Vinny Capra from the Bisons.

UP NEXT

Astros RHP Luis Garcia (1-0, 4.60) starts Saturday afternoon against Blue Jays RHP José Berríos (1-0, 4.91). Berríos is 3-3 with a 5.46 ERA in six career starts against Houston. Garcia faced Toronto in Houston last Sunday, allowing five runs in six innings.

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