Springer HR, 4 RBIs as Astros beat Blue Jays 7-4

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By IAN HARRISON Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — George Springer homered and drove in four runs as Houston beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 Friday night, the Astros’ 10th win in 12 games following a five-game losing streak.

Springer’s 29th homer was a three-run drive in the fifth inning, a 463-foot shot off the third deck.

Every Astros starter had at least one hit as Houston finished with 13 hits against five pitchers.

Cavan Biggio, Reese McGuire and Derek Fisher hit solo home runs, but the Blue Jays lost for the ninth time in their past 11.

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Toronto rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was ejected by plate umpire Mike Estabrook for arguing balls and strikes in the seventh. After swinging and missing at strike three, Guerrero gestured at Estabrook and said something as he walked back toward the dugout, prompting the first ejection of his career.

Astros left-hander Wade Miley was unable to extend his career-best streak of seven consecutive winning decisions, allowing one run and two hits in 3 2/3 innings. Miley struck out five and matched a season-high with five walks.

Collin McHugh (4-5) got one out, striking out Biggio to strand runners at second and third in the fourth.

Springer’s homer came off Trent Thornton (4-9), who is winless in five starts since an Aug. 1 victory at Baltimore. The former Astros farmhand allowed four runs, three earned, and six hits in five innings.

Toronto opened the scoring in the second when Miley walked the bases loaded and catcher Robinson Chirinos was called for interference against McGuire.

Houston answered in the fifth. Yuli Gurriel reached on an error by Guerrero at third base, Chirinos hit a one-out double and Josh Reddick tied it with an RBI single, setting up Springer.

The Astros tacked on two more in the sixth against Jason Adam. Aledmys Diaz hit a sacrifice fly and Springer drove in Gurriel with a two-out single.

McGuire homered on the first pitch he saw from right-hander Hector Rondon to begin the seventh, his fourth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: Manager AJ Hinch said RHP Aaron Sanchez (right pectoral) remains in a rest period and will not throw for the next seven to 10 days. … Hinch said RHP Josh James (right shoulder) will join the team in Toronto on Saturday and is expected to be activated off the injured list when rosters expand Sunday.

Blue Jays: RHP Ryan Tepera (right elbow) rejoined the team Friday and is expected to be activated off the injured list when rosters expand Sunday. … With Hurricane Dorian headed toward Florida, OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (left quadriceps) has left Toronto’s spring training facility in Dunedin and rejoined the team. Manager Charlie Montoyo said Gurriel could be activated by Sept. 5. He’s been out since Aug. 9.

UP NEXT

Astros: LHP Framber Valdez (4-6, 5.14) beat the Angels on Aug. 25 to snap a streak of four consecutive losing decisions. It was his first victory since June 15, when he allowed two runs in six innings against the Blue Jays.

Blue Jays: RHP Clay Buchholz (0-3, 5.87) makes his second start since returning from the injured list last Sunday. He’s 3-1 in six career games against the Astros but hasn’t faced them since 2016.