Castro stars as Astros take down Blue JaysAug 25, 2013 - 2:45 AM Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Jason Castro finished 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs, scored three times and drove in three, as Houston upended Toronto, 8-5, in the second edition of a three-game set.
Brandon Barnes collected two hits and drove in two runs for the Astros, who have taken the first two in the series after being swept by Texas. L.J. Hoes and Robbie Grossman also knocked in a run apiece.
Brad Peacock (3-4) gave up four runs on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks over 5 2/3 innings.
Kevin Pillar slugged a three-run homer and Edwin Encarnacion added a solo shot for the Blue Jays, who skidded to their seventh consecutive defeat.
Selected from Triple-A Buffalo prior to the contest, Chien-Ming Wang (1-2) lasted only three innings, and was charged with four hits and five runs -- four earned -- in his first start since July 2.
Castro went deep once more, this time off Chad Jenkins with two down in the seventh, and the Astros were up 8-4.
Toronto crept within three in the eighth, as Encarnacion walked with one down, moved up on an Adam Lind single, went to third on Brett Lawrie fielder's choice grounder and scored on a J.P. Arencibia double.
Chia-Jen Lo worked around a one-out single from Pillar to record his second save.
Houston took the lead in the home second. Castro led off with a double, advanced on a one-out Brett Wallace single and both came in when Barnes followed with a double. Barnes moved up on a wild pitch and scored when Jays shortstop Jose Reyes threw wild to first on a Jonathan Villar grounder.
Hoes worked a leadoff walk in the third and Castro's shot to right made it 5-0 for the Astros.
It was 7-0 for the hosts in the following frame after RBI doubles from Grossman and Hoes.
Toronto finally responded in the fifth, as Anthony Gose and Ryan Goins singled with one out and came in on a three-run shot from Pillar. Encarnacion's leadoff homer in the sixth brought the Jays within 7-4.
Castro notched his third career multi-homer game and second this season, after a similar effort on May 25 against Oakland ... The Jays also recalled Jenkins from Double-A New Hampshire and transferred infielder Maicer Izturis to the 60-day disabled list.
- TORONTO: 5
Aug 24 9:56 PM
- J.P. Arencibia double to short scored Edwin Encarnacion with two out. On the play, Brett Lawrie advances to third. Runners on second and third and Moises Sierra due up.
Blue Jays 5, Astros 8 Top 8, 2 OutsAug 24 9:34 PM
- Jason Castro two-out, solo Home Run 2 (17) to right. Matt Dominguez due up.
Blue Jays 4, Astros 8 Bot 7, 2 OutsAug 24 9:18 PM
- Edwin Encarnacion lead-off Home Run (33) to left. Adam Lind due up.
Blue Jays 4, Astros 7 Top 6, 0 OutsAug 24 8:48 PM
- Kevin Pillar one-out, three-run Home Run (1) to left scored Anthony Gose and Ryan Goins. Jose Reyes due up.
Blue Jays 3, Astros 7 Top 5, 1 OutAug 24 8:35 PM
- L.J. Hoes double to center scored Robbie Grossman with two out. Runner on second and Jose Altuve due up.
Blue Jays 0, Astros 7 Bot 4, 2 OutsAug 24 8:21 PM
- Robbie Grossman double to left scored Brandon Barnes with two out. Runner on second and L.J. Hoes due up.
Blue Jays 0, Astros 6 Bot 4, 2 OutsAug 24 8:19 PM
- Jason Castro one-out, two-run Home Run (16) to right scored L.J. Hoes. Matt Dominguez due up.
Blue Jays 0, Astros 5 Bot 3, 1 OutAug 24 8:03 PM
- Jonathan Villar reached first on Jose Reyes's throwing error scored Brandon Barnes with two out. Runner on first and Robbie Grossman due up.
Blue Jays 0, Astros 3 Bot 2, 2 OutsAug 24 7:50 PM
- Brandon Barnes double to right scored Jason Castro and Brett Wallace with one out. Runner on second and Marwin Gonzalez due up.
Blue Jays 0, Astros 2 Bot 2, 1 OutAug 24 7:45 PM
- TORONTO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 24 7:11 PM
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