Astros fall to Blue Jays in 10; Hamels, Rangers top Twins

Texas lefty throws com­plete game to beat Min­nesota 4-1.

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Ryan Goins hit a tiebreak­ing RBI sin­gle in the 10th in­ning, and the Toronto Blue Jays ral­lied for a 4-3 win over the host Hous­ton Astros Satur­day night.

Goins hit the two-out sin­gle to left field off Francisco Liri­ano (6-7), and Rob Ref­s­ny­der touched home plate with his left hand just be­fore Brian McCann tagged him. The Astros chal­lenged the call, which stood after a nearly two-minute re­view.

Ryan Tepera (6-1) threw two in­nings for the win, and Roberto Osuna got the last three outs for his 28th save.

Kevin Pil­lar tied it at 3-3 in the sev­enth, beat­ing the throw home on Jose Bautista’s fielder’s choice to first.

Josh Red­dick hit a two-run homer in the first to give Hous­ton a 2-1 lead, and Tyler White hit a solo home run off the train tracks in left field to lead off the third and put the Astros ahead 3-2. White’s home run was his third homer in two games.

Josh Don­ald­son hit an RBI dou­ble to deep cen­ter in the first, and Bautista tied the game at 2-2, with a run-scor­ing grounder in the sec­ond.

Marco Estrada gave up three runs and five hits with seven strike­outs in seven in­nings. The right-han­der had his third straight good start but has not won since May 27.

Char­lie Mor­ton al­lowed three runs and seven hits with seven strike­outs in seven in­nings.

Rangers 4, Twins 1: Even when Jorge Polanco led off the ninth with a dou­ble to fi­nally get some en­ergy go­ing with the Min­nesota crowd, Texas man­ager Jeff Banis­ter had al­ready made his de­ci­sion.

It was go­ing to be Cole Hamels’ night.

Like they had for the rest of the game, Min­nesota’s next three bat­ters went qui­etly in or­der, the Rangers won and Hamels (6-1) ended the night need­ing just 96 pitches to fin­ish the 16th com­plete game of his ca­reer.

“It was his game,” Banis­ter said. “We’ve seen Cole in those type of sit­u­a­tions. The look of him tonight, the stuff that he had, how strong he was, felt like he was as strong in the eighth and the ninth as at any point in the game.”

It was Hamels’ first com­plete game since Oct. 4, 2015, when the Rangers clinched the AL West ti­tle against Los An­ge­les. His pre­vi­ous low pitch count in a com­plete game was 97 in 2009.

The 33-year-old Hamels cred­ited his changeup with be­ing able to quickly in­duce the Twins bat­ters into harm­less ground­outs and pop-ups all night.

“It’s a lot bet­ter pitch,” he said. “It def­i­nitely wakes up a scout­ing re­port for the other side, but it makes me feel a lot more like I did in 20112012, and 13-14. That’s kind of where I felt like I was at my strong­est.”

With Hamels dom­i­nat­ing, No­mar Mazara’s first-in­ning, two-run homer off Kyle Gib­son (6-9) was all the offense Texas needed. Hamels scat­tered four hits and al­lowed only four bat­ters to reach base. He en­tered the game with a 6.35 ca­reer ERA against Min­nesota, the high­est of any op­po­nent with at least six starts, but breezed through the lineup to pick up his third ca­reer win against the Twins.

BOB LEVEY / GETTY IMAGES

Toronto’s Rob Ref­s­ny­der scores the go-ahead run in the 10th in­ning late Satur­day as he avoids the tag of Hous­ton catcher Brian McCann.

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