Hous­ton ral­lies with four in 9th

Back from Triple-A, Cen­teno wins Sun­day’s game with RBI sin­gle.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Kristie Rieken

The Hous­ton Astros con­tinue to find ways to win, with their lat­est vic­tory com­ing thanks to a player who was called up from the mi­nors just a day ear­lier.

Juan Cen­teno hit an RBI sin­gle with two outs to cap a four-run rally in the ninth in­ning Sun­day, lift­ing the Astros over the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 for their 71st vic­tory.

Cen­teno was re­called from Triple-A Fresno on Satur­day when catcher Evan Gat­tis landed on the disabled list with a con­cus­sion.

“He’s taken ad­van­tage of any small op­por­tu­nity that’s been given,” man­ager A.J. Hinch said. “It’s hard to im­pact games the way he is. You get no­ticed and you get more op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Jose Al­tuve sin­gled off All-Star closer Roberto Osuna (3-3) to be­gin the Hous­ton ninth and one-

out sin­gles by Yuli Gur­riel and Mar­win Gon­za­lez loaded the bases. Carlos Bel­tran grounded into a force­out that scored a run, and Alex Breg­man hit a ty­ing, tworun triple.

“I never get in that sit­u­a­tion with­out my team­mates,” Breg­man said. “Great, great at-bat after at-bat, just some­thing that our team’s done all year.”

Cen­teno fol­lowed with a liner over the head of leap­ing first base­man Justin Smoak and into shal­low right field to win it for the AL West lead­ers.

“When things get rolling, they don’t let you up,” Toronto man­ager John Gib­bons said. “It’s a deep lineup, they got caught up in it and they got some big hits.”

Nori Aoki had a two-run homer, his first hit since be­ing traded from Hous­ton to Toronto last Monday, dur­ing a four-run sev­enth that gave the Blue Jays a 6-3 lead.

Fran­cis Martes (4-1) pitched 1⅔ score­less in­nings for the win. Osuna al­lowed five hits and four runs while get­ting just two outs for his sev­enth blown save this sea­son.

Toronto starter Mar­cus Stro­man tied a sea­son-high with 11 hits, but al­lowed just three runs — two earned — in 6⅔ in­nings.

Jose Bautista hit a tworun homer in the third for the Blue Jays.

Trainer’s room: Out­fielder Ge­orge Springer, who has been out since July 25 with a strained left quadri­ceps, has been im­prov­ing and could come off the disabled list as soon as Tuesday. Hinch said Springer worked out on Sun­day and would have a day off on Monday be­fore re­sum­ing work on Tuesday, when they could make a de­ci­sion about whether to ac­ti­vate him.

Up next: Hous­ton opens a se­ries against the White Sox with Dal­las Keuchel (9-1, 2.15) on the mound on Tuesday. Keuchel looks to bounce back after tak­ing his first loss of the sea­son in a 3-0 loss to the Rays in his last start in his sec­ond start back after spend­ing al­most two months on the disabled list with a pinched nerve in his neck.

BOB LEVEY / GETTY IMAGES

Hous­ton catcher Juan Cen­teno cel­e­brates after his sec­ond hit Sun­day, a walkoff sin­gle that beat the Toronto Blue Jays.

BOB LEVEY / GETTY IMAGES

Hous­ton des­ig­nated hit­ter Carlos Bel­tran scores the ty­ing run for the Astros in the ninth in­ning Sun­day, com­ing home be­hind Blue Jays catcher Rus­sell Martin on Alex Breg­man’s two-run triple.

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