Astros Spring into action early, rout Blue Jays

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Morton was making his own return from the DL after missing six weeks with a strained right lat muscle, and he looked very sharp with plenty of run support behind him. The right-hander gave the Astros six efficient innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits — one of them Troy Tulowitzki‘s homer in the fifth — and two walks while striking out three.

Sanchez was forced out of the game after recording just five outs on 55 pitches. The right-hander allowed eight runs, five earned, on seven hits, with four walks and no strikeouts. He seemed to disagree with home-plate umpire Dana DeMuth’s strike zone at times in the first inning, but some hard contact and an error got the best of him in the second.

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Correa wastes no time: After the Astros opened the game with back-to-back singles, Sanchez forced a double play, and it looked like he might escape the jam. Correa had other ideas, as he drove a 2-1 fastball slicing over the wall in right-center field. The home run extended Correa’s hitting streak to 15 games and put him just four homers shy of his career high, 22, set in 2015.

Who’s got second? With the score at 5-0 and one out in the second, Sanchez forced a ground ball to Tulowitzki that could have been an inning-ending double play. Tulowitzki flipped to Ryan Goins at second, but it appeared that Goins expected Tulowitzki to step on the bag himself and wasn’t in place for the throw. Instead of escaping the inning, Sanchez then faced a bases-loaded situation that ended his night early and resulted in three additional runs.

Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Astros on Friday.

Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com who covered the Blue Jays on Friday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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