Astros vs. Blue Jays – Game Recap – May 1, 2022

TORONTO – – Santiago Espinal kicked off with an RBI single in the seventh inning, Bo Bichette added a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 3-2 on Sunday.

Right-hander Kevin Gausman (2-1) hit a season-high 10 in seven innings to win his second straight decision as Toronto took two of three from Houston. The Blue Jays have won nine of 12.

Gausman allowed two runs and six hits. He hasn’t walked a batter in 31 2/3 innings this season.

According to MLB Stats on Twitter, Gausman is the first pitcher since Cy Young in 1906 to not step on a batter or allow a home run in five consecutive starts to start a season (minimum 20 innings pitched).

Tim Mayza worked the eighth and Jordan Romano rounded the double with a Kyle Tucker out in the ninth to earn his 11th save in 12 chances.

Romano got help from right fielder George Springer, who landed a sensational hold on slugger Alex Bregman’s understudy for the second out.

Toronto, which won 2-1 on Saturday, is 9-2 in one-point games. The Blue Jays lead the major leagues with one-point wins.

Astros left-hander Framber Valdez (1-2) didn’t allow a hit until Bichette connected with two out in the sixth, overturning a 1-0 deficit.

Valdez pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and two hits. He walked two and pulled out two.

Valzdez walked Springer to start the bottom of the first but Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went on a double play to end the set.

Chapman walked one one out in the fifth but Valdez retired the next two batters.

With one out in the sixth, Blue Jays outfielder Bradley Zimmer was hit by a pitch. Springer anchored himself in picking a defenseman, and Bichette followed with a homer on the opposite court, his third.

The Blue Jays lead the majors with 31 homers.

The Astros tied the game in the seventh when Kyle Tucker singled, stole the second and scored on Niko Goodrum’s brace.

Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. singled out to start the seventh but was cleared on Matt Chapman’s outfielder pick. Alejandro Kirk reached on a field error by shortstop Jeremy Peña and Phil Maton replaced Valdez before Espinal fielded a tiebreaker single left.

Gausman allowed two hits, both singles, over the first five innings before the Astros broke the deadlock with a two-out run in the sixth. Chas McCormick scored his first career hat-trick and scored on an Aledmys Diaz hit.

BUFFALO BUS

The Astros became the last team to leave Canada by bus, opting to drive about two hours to Buffalo, New York, and return home from there. In doing so, the Astros avoided having to test their travel party for COVID-19 before flying to the United States. The Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA both did the same when they left Toronto last week, as did the Blue Jays on their last road trip.

HEY BROTHER!

Before the game, Houston 1B Yuli Gurriel exchanged lineup cards with her brother, Toronto OF Lourdes, who hugged her big brother before returning to his dugout.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: OF Michael Brantley returned as the designated hitter after missing the first two games of the series due to what the Astros called health and safety protocols. Brantley went 0 for 4.

NEXT

Astros: RHP Jake Odorizz (1-2, 6.00) starts Monday as Houston hosts a three-game series against Seattle. LHP Marco Gonzales (1-2, 3.86) starts for the Mariners.

Blue Jays: RHP Ross Stripling (0-0, 3.60) starts Monday in Game 1 of a three-game series against the New York Yankees. LHP Jordan Montgomery (0-1, 2.70) goes for New York.

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