Toronto blown out

Cor­rea hits two home runs as Astros crush Blue Jays 19-1 be­fore all-star break

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY DHIREN MAHIBAN

Fol­low­ing one of the worst losses in fran­chise his­tory, J.A. Happ ad­mit­ted the hole the Toronto Blue Jays have dug them­selves prior to the all-star break will make it tough to get into the post-sea­son.

Car­los Cor­rea hit a pair of home runs and drove in five runs on Sun­day as the Houston Astros crushed Toronto 19-1. It’s the fourth largest mar­gin of de­feat in Blue Jays fran­chise his­tory and the big­gest since Sept. 28, 2000 (23-1 loss vs. Bal­ti­more).

Toronto (41-47) heads into the break six games be­low .500 and last in the Amer­i­can League East Di­vi­sion.

“It’s go­ing to take a great ef­fort,” said Happ, who took the loss. “We’re go­ing to have to find a way to climb out of there.”

Jose Al­tuve home­red, scored four times and went 3-for-4 with three RBI for the Astros (60-29), who have won six of eight head­ing into the break.

Ge­orge Springer scored twice and was 2-for-4, Yuli Gur­riel went deep, scored twice and was 2-for-5 and Evan Gat­tis also hit a home run while go­ing 2-for-5 with four RBI.

“Felt good at the plate to­day so hope­fully I can carry that into the sec­ond half,” said Cor­rea, who is one of a club-record six Astros headed to Mi­ami for Tues­day’s all-star game. “From one through nine (in) the lineup, we can do dam­age so to­day we showed what we’re ca­pa­ble of against a great pitcher like Happ.”

Happ (3-6), who had been rolling of late, went four in­nings al­low­ing two earned runs on seven hits while strik­ing out three and walk­ing three.

“I’m cer­tainly dis­ap­pointed,” said Happ. “I wasn’t very crisp to­day and against that lineup es­pe­cially you need to be so that was a bum­mer.”

Eze­quiel Car­rera broke Houston’s shutout with a ninth-in­ning home run for the Blue Jays.

Josh Don­ald­son’s sec­ond in­ning er­ror proved costly for Toronto as the Astros scored five runs in the frame.

With Houston al­ready lead­ing 1-0, Gur­riel home­red be­fore Don­ald­son’s throw­ing er­ror al­lowed Springer to reach and a run to score. Al­tuve then took Happ’s first pitch over the right field wall for a two-run home run giv­ing Houston a 4-0 lead. Cor­rea fol­lowed it up with a solo home run off the face of the sec­ond deck for his 19th long ball of the sea­son.

Houston added to its lead in the fourth as Cor­rea’s RBI sin­gle gave the Astros a 6-0 lead.

Toronto threat­ened in the bot­tom half of the fourth as Justin Smoak, Troy Tu­low­itzki and Steve Pearce all walked to load the bases with one out. But Astros starter Brad Pea­cock got Kevin Pil­lar and Ryan Goins to fly out to end the in­ning.

“I feel like we’ve been play­ing pretty good base­ball as of late,” said Smoak, who along with closer Roberto Osuna will rep­re­sent the Jays at the all-star game. “That team over there is re­ally good and to get two wins against them is good.”

Pea­cock (7-1) tossed six score­less in­nings al­low­ing five hits while strik­ing out four for his fourth con­sec­u­tive win.

The Astros took a 9-0 lead in the sixth on a three-run home run from Gat­tis off Blue Jays re­liever Lu­cas Harrell.

An­other Don­ald­son er­ror in the sev­enth sparked the Astros of­fence again. The Blue Jays third base­man bob­bled a ground ball from Alex Breg­man al­low­ing Gur­riel to reach sec­ond safely.

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