Martin has 3 hits, Osuna con­verts again in Jays win

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - RYAN MCKENNA

TORONTO — Rus­sell Martin had three hits, in­clud­ing a solo home run, as the Toronto Blue Jays used a five-run fifth in­ning to de­feat the Ma­jor League Base­ball-best Hous­ton Astros, 7-4, on Thurs­day night.

Martin led off the sixth in­ning with a shot to right field — his se­cond long ball in as many days — for his ninth homer of the sea­son.

Kendrys Mo­rales added an RBI dou­ble and scored twice for the Blue Jays (40-45), who won their third straight. The win also ended Toronto’s five-game los­ing streak at home in its last se­ries be­fore the al­ls­tar break.

Fran­cisco Liri­ano threw six-plus in­nings while al­low­ing three runs on nine hits and strik­ing out four on a warm sum­mer evening at Rogers Cen­tre. Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth and picked up his 22nd save of the sea­son in his third straight day of work. It was Osuna’s 21st con­sec­u­tive save and tied Billy Koch for the fourth long­est save streak in fran­chise his­tory.

Lance McCullers Jr., a 2017 al­ls­tar, took the loss after giv­ing up six runs — five earned — on nine hits and walk­ing two over 4 1/3 in­nings for the Astros (58-28), who had a four-game win­ning streak snapped.

Jose Al­tuve and Alex Breg­man each had three hits for the Astros, with Al­tuve adding two RBIs.

Josh Don­ald­son gave the Blue Jays their first lead of the game in the fifth with a two-run sin­gle to right field. It snapped an 0 for 15 drought at the plate for the 2015 Amer­i­can League MVP. Mo­rales ex­tended the lead to 4-2 shortly after with an RBI dou­ble to right-cen­tre field that scored Don­ald­son.

Troy Tu­low­itzki then ended an 0 for 22 skid with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion after an RBI sin­gle drove in Mo­rales. The run chased McCullers Jr. from the game. Ryan Goins added an­other run be­fore the in­ning was over with a dou­ble to score Tu­low­itzki.

Al­tuve drove in Alex Breg­man with a sin­gle in the fifth to give the Astros a 2-1 lead.

Mar­win Gon­za­lez opened the scor­ing in the se­cond in­ning with a solo shot to left field for his 15th home run of the sea­son. Gon­za­lez was later ejected in the sixth in­nings after strik­ing out.

Carlos Bel­tran hit a solo home run to right-cen­tre field to lead off the eighth and cut the deficit to 7-4.

Hous­ton’s Carlos Cor­rea, who missed Wed­nes­day’s game against At­lanta with left thumb dis­com­fort, ex­tended his hit streak to 14 games with a sin­gle in the first in­ning. NOTES: Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 3.33 ERA) re­turns from the dis­abled list to start for Toronto on Fri­day night. Char­lie Mor­ton (5-3, 4.06 ERA) coun­ters for the Astros.

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