While Musgrove (1-0) was tough on the Jays hitters, the same could not be said of Toronto starter Francisco Liriano (6-12) and his impact on the Astros. Friday marked the 11th time in 24 starts that the big left-hander has allowed four runs or more in a start this season.
Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis ducks out of the way of teammate Michael Saunders catching a fly ball off the bat of Houston Astros'Jose Altuve during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. The resurgence of the offense has occurred simultaneously with the blue birds climb in the standings.
"Kind of a mixed bag", Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Houston regained a two-run lead in the fifth.
Teoscar Hernandez hit a home run for his first major league hit, Joe Musgrove struck out seven in seven innings for his first major league win and the Houston Astros defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Friday night.Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa each drove in two runs for the Astros (61-55), who won their fourth game in a row. The 32-year-old Dominican Republic native had one win in his last five starts with Pittsburgh before the trade deadline deal.
"It seemed like they were just going to jump on the heater early in counts", Martin said. Sanchez was hit hard in a 4-2 loss at Kansas City with all four runs given up on nine hits in six frames. "I just knew something had to change there".
Mired in a 1-for-20 slump, Martin took James Hoyt's 3-2 slider over the wall in centre field for his ninth home run of the season, erasing a 2-1 deficit. Third base umpire Jeff Nelson ruled that Tony Kemp's one-out liner had landed fair, but Toronto challenged and the call was overturned after video review.
After the home run by Hernandez, Liriano hit Jason Castro with a pitch and was replaced by Ryan Tepera, who allowed a walk before ending the inning.
Starting the inning with his third trip through Houston's order, Liriano allowed a leadoff single to George Springer, a 399-foot double to Alex Bregman, and an Altuve double down the left-field line to score both runners.
"Replay helps us more than it hurts us but that's where I wish they would have taken away replay for a day", Hinch said.
Among the few positives on the night for the Jays was the home run hit by Edwin Encarnacion, off Will Harris, to lead off the ninth.
"I was confident in the pitch" Hoyt said. Neither Reed nor the police officer was injured, and both laughed off the incident. Collin McHugh toes the rubber Saturday against the Blue Jays hoping to snap a two game skid. Bagwell also holds the record for the longest streak, reaching safely in 51 straight road games in 1999. The 23-year-old Californian gave up that run in his first start last Sunday while surrendering five hits, striking out six and walking none over seven innings versus Texas.
Musgrove, who was traded to Houston in July 2012 in a deal that sent J.A. Happ to Toronto, had given the present-day Jays a taste of his talents on August 2 when he allowed just one hit and one walk against them, while striking out eight, in 4.1 innings of relief.
Liriano managed to limit his free passes on a humid night, issuing less than three walks for just the seventh time in 23 outings this season.