Saturday, August 1, 2015

Blue Jays extend win streak to six

HOUSTON—Nolan Reimold found out he was starting right before batting practice last night.
He made the most of the chance to play.

Reimold hit two home runs, including a tie-breaking solo shot in the ninth, as the streaking Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros.
Reimold was claimed off waivers July 6 after he was designated for assignment by Baltimore.
It was just his fifth start with Toronto.
Manager John Gibbons said the Jays got Reimold and Danny Valencia for a reason.
Valencia, who was acquired in a trade with Kansas City on Monday, had two hits last night.
“They’ve both played in the big leagues and had some success, and they’re both going to help us out,” Gibbons noted.
Reimold’s first homer came in the fifth and cut Houston’s lead to 4-3.
His second homer was off Chad Qualls (1-3) and sent Toronto to its ninth win in 10 games.
It was Reimold’s second-career multi-homer game and first since May 26, 2011.
“I was trying to be aggressive,” Qualls said. “I just wanted to be really aggressive with the fastball to get ahead.
“He ambushed it and hit it over the fence.”
Reimold has been hampered by an assortment of injuries the last two years. He said last night helped show he might be back.
“It’s been two years since I could say that I feel like I am good enough to play again,” Reimold noted.
“It’s been a long process so hopefully all the work I did to come back pays off.”
Jose Bautista and Dioner Navarro also had solo homers for Toronto.
Bautista connected for his 21st homer in the first while Navarro tied it at 4-4 with his eighth in the sixth.
Aaron Sanchez (2-0) threw two scoreless innings for the win, with Casey Janssen pitching the ninth for his 18th save.
Jon Singleton homered for Houston while Robbie Grossman had two hits.
“Their four solo home runs proved to be the difference in the game,” said Houston manager Bo Porter.
“They’re definitely a power-hitting team.”
The Astros scored three times in the third to open a 4-2 lead.
Grossman and Marc Krauss each hit an RBI single off Drew Hutchison while Jason Castro had an RBI double.
Hutchison was charged with four runs and six hits in three innings.
He is 2-5 with a 6.64 ERA in his last eight starts.

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