Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Colby Rasmus hit a game-winning single in the
ninth inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a much-needed 2-1 victory over the
Houston Astros in the finale of a four-game set.
Edwin Encarnacion recorded a double, an RBI and two walks to finish a
productive series for the Blue Jays, who were mired in a seven-game slide
before taking three games from the lowly Astros this weekend.
Aaron Loup, Steve Delabar and Casey Janssen (3-0) each tossed a scoreless
inning of relief while Todd Redmond was left with a no-decision despite
striking out 10 and holding Houston to one run on three hits and two walks
over six innings of work.
Brett Wallace homered for the Astros, who have dropped 10 of their last 12.
Jose Cisnero (2-2) took the loss behind Jarred Cosart, who worked out of jams
most of the day as a result of four hits and five walks allowed but limited
Toronto to one run over six frames.
Emilio Bonifacio doubled over the head of Brandon Barnes to open the ninth,
and after pinch-hitter Adam Lind struck out against Wesley Wright, Encarnacion
was walked with first base open.
Rasmus worked a full count before dribbling one back up the middle and into
center field to bring in Bonifacio without a play at the plate. The Blue Jays
had been 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position prior to the single.
Jose Reyes scored the game's first run when he led off the third inning with a
walk and was moved around the bags with a single and a flyout before racing
home on Encarnacion's sacrifice fly.
Wallace tied it in the fourth by taking a 3-1 offering over the wall in right-
center for his sixth home run of the year, and the Astros dodged plenty of
bullets from there.
Encarnacion narrowly missed a home run in the sixth and was left stranded on
third, Rasmus hit an inning-ending pop up to leave the bases loaded in the
seventh, and Reyes flied out with runners on the corners to end the eighth.
This was the Jays' fifth walk-off win of the season ... Toronto stranded 14
baserunners while the Astros left five after going 0-for-4 with RISP ...
Encarnacion went 9-for-12 with two home runs, eight RBI and four walks in the
series ... Blue Jays designated hitter Jose Bautista was ejected by home plate
umpire Sam Holbrook after striking out in the seventh inning ... Toronto
begins a 10-game road trip in Oakland on Monday ... Houston visits the Orioles
for three games starting on Tuesday.
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