The Astros hit three home runs, including an inside the park homer, and Brett Oberholtzer threw seven strong innings to beat the Blue Jays 8-2 on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.
Jose Altuve was on first base in the fifth inning when R.A. Dickey threw wildly on a pickoff attempt. Altuve went all the way to third base and Danny Valencia’s throw to try and get him squirmed away from Steve Tolleson, allowing Altuve to score and give the Astros a 3-2 lead.
Brett Oberholtzer started slowly against the Blue Jays, giving up runs in the first and third innings, but he ettled down and retired 10 straight batters before he was taken out after seven innings. He gave up two runs on six hits, walking one and struck out five.
Mike Foltynewicz came in to make his Major League debut to start the eighth inning. He retired the first two batters, including a strikeout of Jose Bautista on a fastball that was clocked at 99.
Foltynewicz walked one batter and Tony Sipp came in to close out the inning. He gave up a blast to Juan Francisco that had home run distance until Robbie Grossman leaped to make the catch to end the inning.
Paul Clemens closed out the win in the ninth inning for the Astros .
There were plenty of hitters up and down the Astros' lineup. Jose Altuve, Chris Carter, Jason Castro and Jon Singleton all had multiple hits for the Astros. Carter, Castro and Singleton all homered for the Astros.
Singleton’s was an inside the park job that needed a replay to complete. Singleton was called out at home originally but replays showed Singleton’s foot slid under the tag of Josh Thole.
The Astros conclude their four game series with the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. Scott Feldman (4-8, 4.39 ERA) takes the mound for the Astros against Marcus Stroman (7-2, 3.03 ERA). Coverage begins on CSN Houston at 12:30 with Astros Pregame Live.