Astros rally for 4 in 9th, beat Blue Jays 7-6 on Centeno hit

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros continue to find ways to win, with their latest victory coming thanks to a player who was called up from the minors just a day earlier.

Juan Centeno hit an RBI single with two outs that capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning, lifting the Astros over the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 Sunday for their 71st victory.

Centeno was recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday when catcher Evan Gattis landed on the disabled list with a concussion.

''He's taken advantage of any small opportunity that's been given,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''It's hard to impact games the way he is. You get noticed and you get more opportunities.''

Jose Altuve singled off All-Star closer Roberto Osuna (3-3) to begin the Houston ninth and one-out singles by Yuli Gurriel and Marwin Gonzalez loaded the bases. Carlos Beltran grounded into a forceout that scored a run, and Alex Bregman hit a tying, two-run triple.

''I never get in that situation without my teammates,'' Bregman said. ''Great, great at-bat after at-bat, just something that our team's done all year.''

Centeno followed with a liner over the head of leaping first baseman Justin Smoak and into shallow right field to win it for the AL West leaders.

''When things get rolling, they don't let you up,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ''It's a deep lineup, they got caught up in it and they got some big hits.''

Nori Aoki had a two-run homer, his first hit since being traded from Houston to Toronto last Monday, during a four-run seventh that gave the Blue Jays a 6-3 lead.

Francis Martes (4-1) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Osuna allowed five hits and four runs while getting only two outs for his seventh blown save this season.

The Blue Jays trailed by a run when Kevin Pillar singled off Mike Fiers to start the seventh. Aoki followed with his third home run this season on a shot to the bullpen in right-center to make it 4-3.

Fiers then plunked Darwin Barney to end his day and was replaced by Luke Gregerson who allowed a single to Russell Martin with one out. Smoak hit a two-run double that bounced off the low wall in center field.

Toronto starter Marcus Stroman tied a season-high with 11 hits, but allowed just three runs - two earned - in 6 2/3 innings.

Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer in the third for the Blue Jays.

Fiers, who allowed four homers in five starts in July, has matched that number in just two starts this month.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: OF George Springer, who has been out since July 25 with a strained left quadriceps, has been improving and could come off the disabled list as soon as Tuesday. Hinch said Springer worked out on Sunday and would have a day off on Monday before resuming work on Tuesday when they could make a decision about whether to activate him.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Toronto has a day off on Monday before J.A. Happ pitches for the Blue Jays when they open a series against the Yankees on Tuesday. He allowed six hits and one run while fanning 10 in seven innings of a 5-1 win over the White Sox in his last start.

AOKI'S HOMER

Aoki didn't homer at Minute Maid Park in 32 games as an Astro this season before going deep on Sunday in his first start this season as a visitor against Houston. The home run stung a bit more for Hinch since Aoki was on his team earlier this week.

''I hated it to be dead honest ... I have so much respect for him, but I would have liked it more had he not done that,'' he said.

THEY SAID IT

Stroman on how dangerous Houston's offense is despite missing Springer and fellow All-Star Carlos Correa: ''That's an unbelievable lineup over there, 1-9, and Altuve is extremely special. They have a few big bats out, but the guys that have stepped in are unbelievable as well.''

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Toronto has a day off on Monday before J.A. Happ pitches for the Blue Jays when they open a series against the Yankees on Tuesday. He allowed six hits and one run while fanning 10 in seven innings of a 5-1 win over the White Sox in his last start.

Astros: Houston is off on Monday before opening a series against the White Sox with Dallas Keuchel (9-1, 2.15) on the mound on Tuesday. Keuchel looks to bounce back after taking his first loss of the season in a 3-0 loss to the Rays in his last start. The left ace allowed seven hits and three runs in five innings in his second start back after spending almost two months on the disabled list with a pinched nerve in his neck.

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Blue JaysTOR52-59
002000400681
AstrosHOU71-40
00003000X7162
  • W: F. Martes (4-1)L: R. Osuna (3-3)
  • HR: TOR - J. Bautista (17), N. Aoki (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Bautista RF51121013.218.324.385.7096.5
R. Martin C31100220.226.356.387.7433.0
J. Donaldson 3B31000104.243.369.461.8303.0
J. Smoak 1B50220003.299.376.590.9665.0
K. Morales DH30000202.251.315.455.7702.0
R. Goins SS50100014.216.270.336.6050.5
K. Pillar CF41200001.248.299.399.6983.0
N. Aoki LF41121033.271.320.382.7025.5
D. Barney 2B31000022.238.289.305.5941.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Fisher LF51100022.258.347.455.8011.0
    J. Altuve 2B52310021.364.424.570.9935.0
    J. Reddick RF50100025.310.354.499.8531.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B51210012.290.318.480.7993.5
    M. Gonzalez SS40210001.313.388.577.9653.0
    C. Beltran DH51310002.247.297.419.7165.0
    A. Bregman 3B41120104.273.354.474.8277.0
    J. Centeno C40210103.455.5381.0001.5384.0
    J. Marisnick CF41100022.247.325.511.8362.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Smoak (17)
      • HR - J. Bautista (17), N. Aoki (3)
      • RBI - J. Bautista 2 (49), J. Smoak 2 (76), N. Aoki 2 (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Smoak 2 (28)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Reddick (25), J. Marisnick (8)
      • 3B - A. Bregman (3)
      • SF - M. Gonzalez (2)
      • RBI - J. Altuve (63), Y. Gurriel (58), M. Gonzalez (66), C. Beltran (44), A. Bregman 2 (40), J. Centeno (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman 2 (20), J. Centeno (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - D. Barney, R. Goins, J. Smoak
      • E - R. Goins (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - Y. Gurriel, M. Gonzalez
      • E - J. Altuve (9), M. Gonzalez (6)
      • PB - J. Centeno (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman6.211322603.171.339.0
      D. Leone (H, 4)1.10000202.521.044.0
      R. Osuna (L, 3-3) (BS, 7)0.25440103.470.88-13.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman6.2
      D. Leone (H, 4)1.1
      R. Osuna (L, 3-3) (BS, 7)0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers6.04543624.061.3010.0
      L. Gregerson1.02110004.121.310.0
      R. Guduan0.12000105.401.89-1.5
      F. Martes (W, 4-1)1.20002204.951.359.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers6.0
      L. Gregerson1.0
      R. Guduan0.1
      F. Martes (W, 4-1)1.2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 118-76, D. Leone 21-14, R. Osuna 21-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 10-4, D. Leone 1-1, R. Osuna 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 33, D. Leone 4, R. Osuna 7
      PITCHING
      • IBB - F. Martes
      • HBP - M. Fiers 2 (11)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 92-62, L. Gregerson 14-8, R. Guduan 23-18, F. Martes 27-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 6-6, L. Gregerson 2-1, F. Martes 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 27, L. Gregerson 5, R. Guduan 3, F. Martes 7
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      Blue JaysTOR52-59
      002000400681
      AstrosHOU71-40
      00003000X7162
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Bautista RF51121013.218.324.385.7096.5
      R. Martin C31100220.226.356.387.7433.0
      J. Donaldson 3B31000104.243.369.461.8303.0
      J. Smoak 1B50220003.299.376.590.9665.0
      K. Morales DH30000202.251.315.455.7702.0
      R. Goins SS50100014.216.270.336.6050.5
      K. Pillar CF41200001.248.299.399.6983.0
      N. Aoki LF41121033.271.320.382.7025.5
      D. Barney 2B31000022.238.289.305.5941.0
      Total3568625922-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. Fisher LF51100022.258.347.455.8011.0
        J. Altuve 2B52310021.364.424.570.9935.0
        J. Reddick RF50100025.310.354.499.8531.0
        Y. Gurriel 1B51210012.290.318.480.7993.5
        M. Gonzalez SS40210001.313.388.577.9653.0
        C. Beltran DH51310002.247.297.419.7165.0
        A. Bregman 3B41120104.273.354.474.8277.0
        J. Centeno C40210103.455.5381.0001.5384.0
        J. Marisnick CF41100022.247.325.511.8362.0
        Total41716702922-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Smoak (17)
          • HR - J. Bautista (17), N. Aoki (3)
          • RBI - J. Bautista 2 (49), J. Smoak 2 (76), N. Aoki 2 (21)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Smoak 2 (28)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Reddick (25), J. Marisnick (8)
          • 3B - A. Bregman (3)
          • SF - M. Gonzalez (2)
          • RBI - J. Altuve (63), Y. Gurriel (58), M. Gonzalez (66), C. Beltran (44), A. Bregman 2 (40), J. Centeno (3)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman 2 (20), J. Centeno (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - D. Barney, R. Goins, J. Smoak
          • E - R. Goins (6)
          FIELDING
          • DP - Y. Gurriel, M. Gonzalez
          • E - J. Altuve (9), M. Gonzalez (6)
          • PB - J. Centeno (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Stroman6.211322603.171.339.0
          D. Leone (H, 4)1.10000202.521.044.0
          R. Osuna (L, 3-3) (BS, 7)0.25440103.470.88-13.5
          Total8.21676290---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Stroman6.2
          D. Leone (H, 4)1.1
          R. Osuna (L, 3-3) (BS, 7)0.2
          Total8.2
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Fiers6.04543624.061.3010.0
          L. Gregerson1.02110004.121.310.0
          R. Guduan0.12000105.401.89-1.5
          F. Martes (W, 4-1)1.20002204.951.359.0
          Total9.0865592---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Fiers6.0
          L. Gregerson1.0
          R. Guduan0.1
          F. Martes (W, 4-1)1.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 118-76, D. Leone 21-14, R. Osuna 21-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 10-4, D. Leone 1-1, R. Osuna 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 33, D. Leone 4, R. Osuna 7
          PITCHING
          • IBB - F. Martes
          • HBP - M. Fiers 2 (11)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 92-62, L. Gregerson 14-8, R. Guduan 23-18, F. Martes 27-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 6-6, L. Gregerson 2-1, F. Martes 1-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 27, L. Gregerson 5, R. Guduan 3, F. Martes 7
          • 9TH INNING
            Centeno singled to right, Bregman scored67
            Bregman tripled to left center, Gurriel and Beltran scored66
            Beltran reached on fielder's choice to first, Altuve scored, Gurriel to third, Gonzalez out at second64
          • 7TH INNING
            Smoak doubled to deep center, Martin and Donaldson scored63
            Aoki homered to right center, Pillar scored43
          • 5TH INNING
            Gonzalez hit sacrifice fly to left, Altuve scored23
            Gurriel safe at first on shortstop Goins fielding error, Fisher scored, Altuve to third22
            Altuve singled to center, Marisnick scored, Fisher to second21
          • 3RD INNING
            Bautista homered to left, Barney scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • F. Martes Pitching:
            • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Martin walked
            • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Martin to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Donaldson fouled out to third
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Smoak flied out to shallow left
            • K. Morales: Morales intentionally walked
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Goins grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Roberto Osuna relieved Dominic Leone
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Altuve singled to shallow center
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Reddick struck out looking
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to left, Altuve to second
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez singled to right, Altuve to third, Gurriel to second
            • C. Beltran: Ball, Ball, Foul, Beltran reached on fielder's choice to first, Altuve scored, Gurriel to third, Gonzalez out at second
            • A. Bregman: Bregman tripled to left center, Gurriel and Beltran scored
            • J. Centeno: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Centeno singled to right, Bregman scored
          • 8TH INNING
            • Reymin Guduan relieved Luke Gregerson
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Goins singled to left
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pillar singled to deep left, Goins to second
            • N. Aoki: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Aoki struck out swinging
            • Francis Martes relieved Reymin Guduan
            • D. Barney: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Barney struck out swinging
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Bautista struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Leone Pitching:
            • J. Centeno: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Centeno grounded out to first
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Pillar singled to right center
            • N. Aoki: Ball, Ball, Aoki homered to right center, Pillar scored
            • D. Barney: Foul, Ball, Barney hit by pitch
            • Luke Gregerson relieved Mike Fiers
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista fouled out to third
            • R. Martin: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball (pitchout), Martin singled to shallow center, Barney to third
            • J. Donaldson: Donaldson reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Barney out at home, Martin to second
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Smoak doubled to deep center, Martin and Donaldson scored
            • K. Morales: Morales grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez singled to deep right
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Beltran singled to left center, Gonzalez to second
            • Dominic Leone relieved Marcus Stroman
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bregman flied out to deep right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak singled to deep right
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales flied out to deep left
            • R. Goins: Ball, Goins grounded into double play shortstop to first, Smoak out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • J. Centeno: Strike swinging, Centeno singled to right
            • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Fisher struck out looking
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • D. Barney: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Barney struck out swinging
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista popped out to third
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martin walked
            • J. Donaldson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson lined out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Marisnick doubled to deep left
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Fisher reached on an infield single to second, Marisnick to third
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Altuve singled to center, Marisnick scored, Fisher to second
            • J. Reddick: Reddick grounded out to first, Fisher to third, Altuve to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel safe at first on shortstop Goins fielding error, Fisher scored, Altuve to third
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez hit sacrifice fly to left, Altuve scored
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Beltran reached on an infield single to second, Gurriel to second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
            • R. Goins: Foul, Ball, Goins popped out to shortstop
            • K. Pillar: Foul, Pillar reached on fielder's choice to third, Pillar to second, Morales out at second on 2nd baseman Altuve fielding error
            • N. Aoki: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Aoki struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel singled to right
            • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to second, Gurriel to second
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Beltran singled to left, Gurriel to third
            • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bregman walked, Beltran to second
            • J. Centeno: Foul, Centeno grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bregman out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • N. Aoki: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Aoki struck out looking
            • D. Barney: Strike looking, Strike looking, Barney safe at first on left fielder Gonzalez fielding error
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Bautista homered to left, Barney scored
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Donaldson hit by pitch
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Smoak lined out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • J. Centeno: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Centeno walked
            • J. Marisnick: Marisnick flied out to deep right
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Strike looking, Fisher reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Centeno out at second
            • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to left center, Fisher to second
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick lined out to right
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Foul, Morales grounded out to second
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Pillar grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Beltran: Ball, Beltran grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman popped out to pitcher
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • J. Bautista: Bautista flied out to deep center
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
            • J. Smoak: Smoak grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Fisher grounded out to second
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick doubled to left
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gurriel struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)