HOUSTON -- When the Astros get going the way they did in the fourth inning on Wednesday, there's not much the Blue Jays can do, but they didn't just roll over.The Astros' offense dumped nine runs on the Blue Jays in the fourth inning, where all nine Astros reached base
HOUSTON -- When the Astros get going the way they did in the fourth inning on Wednesday, there's not much the Blue Jays can do, but they didn't just roll over.
The Astros' offense dumped nine runs on the Blue Jays in the fourth inning, where all nine Astros reached base at least once, during Toronto's 16-7 loss on Friday. The Blue Jays used three pitchers -- starter Cesar Valdez, Matt Dermody and Mike Bolsinger -- to counter a Houston club that was pummeling the ball despite being without Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer.
"Yeah, they're good," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "We've seen them five times now, they can do that. They're missing three of their top dogs, too. Great hitting park and we didn't pitch particularly well."
In the sixth inning, the Blue Jays bounced back, to an extent.
Kendrys Morales, who also had a two-run homer in the fourth inning, began the sixth with a double. Steve Pearce followed with a single and Ezequiel Carrera smacked an RBI double.
Two at-bats later, Toronto's No. 9 hitter, Ryan Goins, cranked a three-run home run to shrink the Astros' lead to 12-7. The Blue Jays scored seven runs in their first six innings. Usually, that's enough, Gibbons said.
"I'm trying to be as consistent as possible, now that I'm getting a little more playing time," Goins said. "Trying to have good at-bats and get good pitches to hit.
"We ended up scoring some runs, too. Usually you feel pretty good when you do that. But they just kept adding on, adding on. It didn't matter what we did. They can do that. They're a great hitting team."
Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston. He covered the Blue Jays on Friday.