Colabello Leads Blue Jays Over Astros

The balls were flying out of Osceola Stadium. Chris Colabello hit a solo homerun in the first and added two singles to lead the Blue Jays over the Astros 7-4. Colabello made an out on a ball that appeared to be travelling over the right field fence for what would have been his second homerun in two at bats but George Springer leaped and caught the ball just before it travelled over the fence.

The Blue Jays also had a two run homerun hit by Danny Valencia over the 410 marker in centerfield off starter Brett Oberholtzer. One out later Colabello followed with a homerun pulled over the left field fence.

Jose Altuve got one run back for the Astros, leading off the bottom of the first with a walk. He stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Evan Gattis drove him in with a high hopper to third that he beat out for an infield single, scoring Altuve.

Justin Smoak led off the second inning with a homerun. Jason Castro responded back in the bottom frame leading off with a homerun. The Astros scored a second run when Jake Marisnick doubled and was driven in on a single by Jose Altuve. Altuve was thrown out at second when the ball thrown home was cut off at third and the throw made to second to nail Altuve.

In the top of the third George Springer robbed Chris Colabello of a homerun. George led off the bottom frame and drove a 2-0 pitch from Daniel Norris over the right field fence in almost the same spot he had robbed Colabello earlier.

The Blue Jays broke the 4-4 tie in the top of the fourth on an RBI triple hit by Jon Berti that bounced off the top of the left field wall. The hit scored Munenori Kawasaki, who had singled to start off the inning. They added two more insurance runs in the eighth on an RBI double from Ryan Goins and a ground out by Sean Owchinko.

Blake McFarland retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out two of the last three hitters he faced to pick up the save.

Game Notes: Daniel Norris struggled early, but he finished strong, striking out five of the last six hitters he faced…Jake Marisnick has trouble making contact on any pitch that appears to have a bend in it…Brett Oberholtzer had very little break to his curveball tonight. The ball was just spinning and he was getting tattooed. He gave up three homeruns in his first two innings and failed to get past the fourth.

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