Gonzalez homers, but Astros quiet in loss

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Toronto turned a double play in each of the first four innings and Stroman induced two of those with ground balls after entering the game tied for the MLB lead with 18 GIDP. He gave the Blue Jays seven innings of one-run ball, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out six to lower his ERA to 3.26.

Troy Tulowitzki provided the other big blow for Toronto with his second home run in as many days, a three-run shot off All-Star reliever Chris Devenski.

Fiers managed to work around his control issues until the fifth inning, but he saw his pitch count climb early. After three, Fiers had thrown an even 30 strikes and 30 balls, but he pushed through six frames with five hits, four walks and six strikeouts.

All-Star Astro George Springer delivered an RBI double in the third inning, and Marwin Gonzalez showed pop in the ninth with a solo homer off Joe Biagini.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Donaldson goes vertical and turns two: Houston was threatening with runners on the corners and nobody out in the third, but a defensive gem from Donaldson halted their momentum. Donaldson jumped high to snag a Carlos Correa liner that left the bat at 100.2 mph, according to Statcast™. The third baseman quickly threw across the diamond to double up Josh Reddick at first base. Stroman escaped the inning by forcing the next batter, Evan Gattis, to pop out.

The bats awake, at last: Fiers was struggling with his inside control to right-handers in the fifth, and after plunking Jose Bautista, ran a pitch up and in on Donaldson. Donaldson answered back by launching a three-run home run to left-center field that Statcast™ measured at 432 feet.

Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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


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