Martin, Donaldson lead Blue Jays past McCullers, Astros 7-4

TORONTO (AP) With his team coming off a morale-boosting series victory at Yankee Stadium the day before, Russell Martin wasn't about to allow the Toronto Blue Jays to let up.

The veteran catcher homered and matched a season high with three hits as the Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 7-4 on Thursday night.

''It's a tough team and any time you get to win the first game of a series, it feels good,'' Martin said. ''We've been playing pretty good ball lately so I think the key is just doing that.''

Francisco Liriano (5-4) pitched six solid innings and Roberto Osuna converted his 21st consecutive save opportunity as the Blue Jays won their third straight and moved into a tie with Baltimore for fourth place in the AL East. Houston, which has the best record in the majors at 58-28, had won four in a row and eight of 10.

Osuna tied Billy Koch for the fourth-longest save streak in franchise history, two behind Tom Henke's run of 23 in a row set between August 1986 and June 1987.

''He has such great feel and he keeps getting better,'' Martin said. ''It's a tough at-bat for anybody right now.''

Marwin Gonzalez and Carlos Beltran homered for the Astros, handed a rare defeat on the road. The AL West leaders fell to 31-10 away from home as All-Star pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (7-2) lost for the first time since April.

After failing to score despite loading the bases loaded in the first, the Blue Jays trailed 2-1 before batting around in a five-run fifth. Josh Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, ended an 0-for-15 slide with a two-run single that put Toronto in front.

Kendrys Morales added an RBI double and Troy Tulowitzki chased McCullers with an RBI single that snapped his 0-for-22 skid with runners in scoring position. Three batters later, Ryan Goins doubled home Tulowitzki.

''We were facing one of the top pitchers in the game. We battled him, we had him on the ropes early, and he got out of it,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''I thought we kind of kept the pressure on and we pitched very well and shut down a great hitting team.''

In his first career start at Toronto, McCullers was charged with nine hits and six runs - five earned - in tying a season low by going 4 1/3 innings. He had won a career-best five straight decisions since losing April 26 at Cleveland.

''I wasn't very good. The guys needed a better showing out of me,'' McCullers said.

One bright spot for the Astros was a first-inning single by All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa, who returned to the lineup after sitting out the previous night with a sore left thumb. He extended the longest active hitting streak in the majors to a career-high 14 games.

''We didn't have a great night in a lot of aspects,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''They swung the bat very well, they put a big inning up against us and never really let us out of it.''

X-TENDING HIS TALENTS

Mark McMorris, the Winter X Games athlete who has won gold medals in a number of snowboarding disciplines, threw out the first pitch.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

After moving four steps to his right and diving to corral a grounder down the third base line from Gonzalez to open the fourth inning, Donaldson fired a perfect throw from his knees to get the out.

ROAD WOOS

A group of Astros fans took over one of the hotel rooms looking into Rogers Centre, covering the windows with orange cards displaying the word ''Woo!'' The phrase, made famous by wrestler Ric Flair, has become a rallying cry for Houston during its sensational season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Hinch said LHP Dallas Keuchel will throw off a mound this weekend in Toronto. Keuchel has been sidelined since June 2 with a pinched nerve in his neck.

SWEET 16

Toronto signed 16-year-old Brazilian right-hander Eric Pardinho, ranked the top international pitching prospect by Major League Baseball. The youngster was signed for $1.4 million.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Charlie Morton (5-3, 4.06 ERA) returns from the disabled list to make his first career appearance against the Blue Jays. Morton has been out since May 24 with a right lat strain.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 3.33) returns from blister problems on his pitching hand that have sidelined him since May 19.

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  • W: F. Liriano (5-4)L: L. McCullers (7-2)S: R. Osuna (22)
  • HR: HOU - C. Beltran (11), M. Gonzalez (15), TOR - R. Martin (9)
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J. Altuve 2B50320000.338.408.538.9466.0
C. Correa SS40100103.319.397.549.9462.0
C. Beltran DH41111014.231.285.415.7005.5
M. Gonzalez LF31111010.319.402.590.9935.5
N. Aoki LF10000000.265.312.335.6470.0
B. McCann C30100000.255.335.438.7722.0
Y. Gurriel 1B40000002.295.318.481.7980.0
A. Bregman 3B32300100.260.341.422.76310.0
J. Marisnick CF30000013.252.327.511.838-0.5
a- J. Reddick RF10000002.314.363.522.8840.0
  • a-flied out for Marisnick in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Bautista RF41100122.240.351.410.7622.0
R. Martin C52311011.228.373.402.7768.5
J. Donaldson 3B41220111.245.357.458.8155.5
J. Smoak 1B50100022.299.364.587.9510.0
K. Morales DH42110013.256.305.466.7704.5
T. Tulowitzki SS41110024.242.294.366.6592.0
S. Pearce LF30110100.256.310.434.7443.0
E. Carrera LF00000000.285.354.391.7450.0
K. Pillar CF40200002.258.310.422.7323.0
R. Goins 2B40110003.211.274.337.6113.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Bregman 2 (19)
    • HR - C. Beltran (11), M. Gonzalez (15)
    • RBI - J. Altuve 2 (47), C. Beltran (34), M. Gonzalez (50)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve (16)
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Morales (16), K. Pillar (22), R. Goins (10)
    • HR - R. Martin (9)
    • RBI - R. Martin (19), J. Donaldson 2 (22), K. Morales (48), T. Tulowitzki (20), S. Pearce (19), R. Goins (28)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Pearce (13)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Altuve (18), A. Bregman (7)
    • CS - J. Altuve (4)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Marisnick (3)
    • DP - C. Correa, Y. Gurriel
    • E - A. Bregman (6), M. Feliz
    • PB - B. McCann (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - R. Goins, J. Smoak, J. Donaldson
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. McCullers (L, 7-2)4.19652303.051.14-7.5
    M. Feliz0.21001103.861.21-1.5
    D. Diaz2.02110319.001.624.5
    L. Gregerson1.01000203.971.323.0
    PITCHERSIP
    L. McCullers (L, 7-2)4.1
    M. Feliz0.2
    D. Diaz2.0
    L. Gregerson1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Liriano (W, 5-4)6.09331415.561.6217.0
    R. Tepera1.12110213.451.081.0
    D. Leone (H, 2)0.10001002.951.16-1.0
    J. Beliveau (H, 2)0.10000003.971.150.0
    R. Osuna (S, 22)1.00000002.060.7110.0
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Liriano (W, 5-4)6.0
    R. Tepera1.1
    D. Leone (H, 2)0.1
    J. Beliveau (H, 2)0.1
    R. Osuna (S, 22)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - L. McCullers (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 100-61, M. Feliz 18-10, D. Diaz 40-26, L. Gregerson 15-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 9-1, M. Feliz 1-0, D. Diaz 2-1, L. Gregerson 1-0
    • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 24, M. Feliz 4, D. Diaz 8, L. Gregerson 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - R. Tepera (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 107-69, R. Tepera 22-15, D. Leone 9-3, J. Beliveau 2-2, R. Osuna 9-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 10-2, R. Tepera 2-0, D. Leone 1-0, R. Osuna 2-1
    • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 26, R. Tepera 7, D. Leone 2, J. Beliveau, R. Osuna 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    G. Springer CF50100031.298.372.588.960-0.5
    J. Altuve 2B50320000.338.408.538.9466.0
    C. Correa SS40100103.319.397.549.9462.0
    C. Beltran DH41111014.231.285.415.7005.5
    M. Gonzalez LF31111010.319.402.590.9935.5
    N. Aoki LF10000000.265.312.335.6470.0
    B. McCann C30100000.255.335.438.7722.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B40000002.295.318.481.7980.0
    A. Bregman 3B32300100.260.341.422.76310.0
    J. Marisnick CF30000013.252.327.511.838-0.5
    a- J. Reddick RF10000002.314.363.522.8840.0
    Total36411422615-----
    • a-flied out for Marisnick in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Bautista RF41100122.240.351.410.7622.0
    R. Martin C52311011.228.373.402.7768.5
    J. Donaldson 3B41220111.245.357.458.8155.5
    J. Smoak 1B50100022.299.364.587.9510.0
    K. Morales DH42110013.256.305.466.7704.5
    T. Tulowitzki SS41110024.242.294.366.6592.0
    S. Pearce LF30110100.256.310.434.7443.0
    E. Carrera LF00000000.285.354.391.7450.0
    K. Pillar CF40200002.258.310.422.7323.0
    R. Goins 2B40110003.211.274.337.6113.0
    Total37713713918-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman 2 (19)
      • HR - C. Beltran (11), M. Gonzalez (15)
      • RBI - J. Altuve 2 (47), C. Beltran (34), M. Gonzalez (50)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve (16)
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Morales (16), K. Pillar (22), R. Goins (10)
      • HR - R. Martin (9)
      • RBI - R. Martin (19), J. Donaldson 2 (22), K. Morales (48), T. Tulowitzki (20), S. Pearce (19), R. Goins (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Pearce (13)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Altuve (18), A. Bregman (7)
      • CS - J. Altuve (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Marisnick (3)
      • DP - C. Correa, Y. Gurriel
      • E - A. Bregman (6), M. Feliz
      • PB - B. McCann (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - R. Goins, J. Smoak, J. Donaldson
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. McCullers (L, 7-2)4.19652303.051.14-7.5
      M. Feliz0.21001103.861.21-1.5
      D. Diaz2.02110319.001.624.5
      L. Gregerson1.01000203.971.323.0
      Total8.01376391---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. McCullers (L, 7-2)4.1
      M. Feliz0.2
      D. Diaz2.0
      L. Gregerson1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Liriano (W, 5-4)6.09331415.561.6217.0
      R. Tepera1.12110213.451.081.0
      D. Leone (H, 2)0.10001002.951.16-1.0
      J. Beliveau (H, 2)0.10000003.971.150.0
      R. Osuna (S, 22)1.00000002.060.7110.0
      Total9.01144262---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Liriano (W, 5-4)6.0
      R. Tepera1.1
      D. Leone (H, 2)0.1
      J. Beliveau (H, 2)0.1
      R. Osuna (S, 22)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. McCullers (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 100-61, M. Feliz 18-10, D. Diaz 40-26, L. Gregerson 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 9-1, M. Feliz 1-0, D. Diaz 2-1, L. Gregerson 1-0
      • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 24, M. Feliz 4, D. Diaz 8, L. Gregerson 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - R. Tepera (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 107-69, R. Tepera 22-15, D. Leone 9-3, J. Beliveau 2-2, R. Osuna 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 10-2, R. Tepera 2-0, D. Leone 1-0, R. Osuna 2-1
      • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 26, R. Tepera 7, D. Leone 2, J. Beliveau, R. Osuna 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Beltran homered to right center47
      • 7TH INNING
        Altuve singled to shallow left, Bregman scored37
      • 6TH INNING
        Martin homered to right27
      • 5TH INNING
        Goins doubled to deep center, Tulowitzki scored, Pearce out at home, Pillar to third26
        Tulowitzki singled to left center, Morales scored25
        Morales doubled to deep right center, Donaldson scored24
        Donaldson singled to right, Bautista and Martin scored23
        Altuve singled to right, Bregman scored, Springer to second21
      • 4TH INNING
        Pearce singled to center, Morales scored11
      • 2ND INNING
        Gonzalez homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Jeff Beliveau
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Springer lined out to center
        • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Correa grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ezequiel Carrera in left
        • C. Beltran: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Beltran homered to right center
        • N. Aoki: Aoki grounded out to second
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, McCann hit by pitch
        • Dominic Leone relieved Ryan Tepera
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to second, McCann out at second
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman walked, Gurriel to second
        • Josh Reddick hit for Jake Marisnick
        • Jeff Beliveau relieved Dominic Leone
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick flied out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Luke Gregerson relieved Dayan Diaz
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
        • R. Martin: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Donaldson singled to left
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Smoak reached on fielder's choice to third, Donaldson out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman doubled to left center
        • Ryan Tepera relieved Francisco Liriano
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • G. Springer: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to shallow left, Bregman scored
        • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Ball, Altuve stole second, Correa grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Diaz Pitching:
        • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Tulowitzki struck out swinging
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pearce flied out to center
        • K. Pillar: Pillar singled to right center
        • R. Goins: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Goins grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, McCann reached on an infield single to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel grounded into double play third to second to first, McCann out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Dayan Diaz relieved Michael Feliz
        • Norichika Aoki in left
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Martin homered to right
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
        • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • K. Morales: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Morales grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bregman doubled to left
        • J. Marisnick: Foul, Foul, Marisnick flied out to deep center
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Springer singled to center, Bregman to third
        • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve singled to right, Bregman scored, Springer to second
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Correa grounded out to second, Springer to third, Altuve to second
        • C. Beltran: Beltran popped out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bautista singled to left
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Martin singled to left, Bautista to second
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista to third, Martin to second on passed ball, Donaldson singled to right, Bautista and Martin scored
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Morales doubled to deep right center, Donaldson scored
        • T. Tulowitzki: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Tulowitzki singled to left center, Morales scored
        • Michael Feliz relieved Lance McCullers
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pearce walked, Tulowitzki to second
        • K. Pillar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pillar reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Tulowitzki to third, Pearce to second on Feliz fielding error
        • R. Goins: Strike swinging, Ball, Goins doubled to deep center, Tulowitzki scored, Pearce out at home, Pillar to third
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to third
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, McCann grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Smoak grounded out to first
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Morales safe at first on 3rd baseman Bregman fielding error
        • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Ball, Morales to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Tulowitzki grounded out to shortstop, Morales to third
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Pearce singled to center, Morales scored
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pillar doubled to deep right center, Pearce to third
        • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Goins grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Altuve reached on an infield single to second
        • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve caught stealing, catcher to second, Strike looking, Ball, Correa walked
        • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Beltran reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Correa out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bautista grounded out to third
        • R. Martin: Foul, Ball, Foul, Martin singled to left
        • J. Donaldson: Donaldson grounded into double play shortstop to first, Martin out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez homered to left
        • B. McCann: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, McCann grounded out to first
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Bregman singled to left
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Bregman stole second, Marisnick grounded out to catcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Pearce grounded out to pitcher
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Goins grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Springer struck out on foul tip
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Altuve grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Correa: Correa singled to left
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Beltran struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Bautista walked
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Martin lined out to center
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked, Bautista to second
        • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Smoak singled to right, Bautista to third, Donaldson to second
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • T. Tulowitzki: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tulowitzki struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)