HOUSTON—Trent Thornton was looking forward to yesterday's game against the Astros since he was traded to Toronto in the off-season.
He delivered arguably his best start of the season.
Thornton shut down his former team into the seventh inning, Teoscar Hernández hit two of Toronto's season-high five home runs and the Blue Jays hammered the Houston Astros 12-0.
Thornton (2-5) scattered six singles, struck out seven and walked three in 6 2/3 innings. He has given up no more than three runs in six of his last seven starts.
“He just keeps getting better the more he pitches,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoya said.
“For a rookie to be that good, he's already got the record for strikeouts for a rookie for the Blue Jays. That's impressive. He's done a good job. He's getting better every time he takes the mound.”
Thornton was drafted by the Astros in 2015. The 25-year-old righty was dealt to Toronto for Aledmys Diaz.
“I wanted to see when we were going to play against Houston because I played with a lot of those guys, came up in the system with a lot of those guys and close with a lot of those guys,” Thornton said.
“It was just going to be a fun game to pitch with a little chip on my shoulder.”
Freddy Galvis and Hernández each hit three-run homers in a seven-run sixth inning. Hernández added a solo drive in the ninth off Tyler White, who started the game at first base.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. launched a long, 452-foot two-run homer and had an RBI single and sacrifice fly. Rowdy Tellez also homered.
The 12 runs matched a season high set Thursday at the Orioles.
Brad Peacock (6-4) went five innings and allowed four runs for the second straight start.
Peacock said he was struggling to locate the four-seam fastball.
White, regularly a first baseman and designated hitter, got a nice ovation when he took the mound for the ninth inning. White, who had pitched in two other games this season, allowed one run on two hits.
This was his fifth career pitching appearance in the majors—he's allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings overall.
In other AL action, Boston outlasted Baltimore 8-6 (10 innings); Tampa Bay nipped the L.A. Angels 6-5; Cleveland blanked Detroit 8-0; the N.Y. Yankees blasted the Chicago White Sox 10-3; Kansas City topped Minnesota 8-6; and Seattle doubled Oakland 6-3. Cincinnati routed Texas 11-3 in the lone interleague matchup.
Over in the NL, St. Louis edged the N.Y. Mets 4-3; Pittsburgh shaded Miami 5-4; Atlanta bombed Philadelphia 15-1; Washington routed Arizona 15-5; San Diego got by Colorado 14-13; Milwaukee downed San Francisco 5-3; and the L.A. Dodgers eked by the Chicago Cubs 3-2.