Grichuk helps Blue Jays beat Astros 6-3

HOUSTON (AP) Toronto's Randal Grichuk put on a show for hundreds of friends and family that made the trek up to Houston to see him play just his third career game at a ballpark only about 35 miles from his hometown of Rosenberg, Texas.

Grichuk hit a two-run homer and made a huge defensive play, helping the Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 6-3 on Monday.

''You can't feel your body all game,'' Grichuk said. ''You feel like you don't need to stretch or get loose. It's just as special for me as I know it is for my family.''

Toronto also got two homers from Curtis Granderson against Justin Verlander, but the night belonged to Grichuk in one special homecoming.

His soaring 471-foot home run, which clanged off the light pole above the train tracks on the left-field wall, came against Will Harris and made it 6-3 with two out in the eighth.

Grichuk then reached over the short wall in right field to rob George Springer of a homer with two on and no outs in the ninth.

''Those are the plays you dream of that you don't really get too often,'' he said. ''But exactly what you hope for happened.''

Grichuk, who moved from center to right field in the bottom of the ninth, had his back to the wall when he reached between two fans with gloves to make the grab.

Springer stopped running and bent down in disbelief when he realized Grichuk had robbed him.

''Baseball can be pretty cruel,'' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. ''That's a tough one. Right off the bat, I thought George got one. It carried and carried and carried and looked like he had to go pretty deep into the stands to get it.''

Granderson's leadoff shot in the fifth tied it at 3. He connected again with two out in the seventh, belting an opposite-field drive off Verlander (9-3) into the second row in the Crawford Boxes in left field.

''I'm not a huge fan of the Crawford Boxes right now,'' Verlander said. ''The one to right, I thought Curtis got pretty good. The one to left, I didn't think he got that one very good. But it's the ballpark we play in. It's fair for all sides. I need to do a little bit better job.''

Verlander, who entered with a major league-best 1.60 ERA, allowed four runs and seven hits - both season highs - in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two in his first loss since May 11.

Toronto's J.A. Happ (10-3) yielded three runs and seven hits in six innings in his sixth straight win. Seung-hwan Oh worked the ninth for his second save.

Former Astro Teoscar Hernandez, who received his World Series ring in a pregame ceremony, had three hits and Justin Smoak drove in two runs as the Blue Jays won their third straight.

Alex Bregman homered in the Astros' third loss in 18 games.

Hernandez singled with one out in the first before Yangervis Solarte drew a walk. Smoak's two-out double lifted Toronto to a 2-0 lead.

Yuli Gurriel singled in Jose Altuve in the bottom half, and Bregman's drive to the seats in left tied it at 2 with one out in the third.

Bregman also singled in Jake Marisnick in the fourth, but the Blue Jays tied it up again when Granderson sent the third pitch of the fifth inning into the stands in right for his eighth homer this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHP Joe Smith (right elbow inflammation) felt good after throwing a bullpen on Sunday and will throw one more bullpen before likely beginning a rehabilitation assignment this weekend.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (bruised finger on right hand) has less swelling and discomfort and will start playing catch in the next few days.

WHERE DID IT GO?

Granderson hit a foul pop in the first inning that got stuck in the park's rafters. Catcher Max Stassi threw off his mask and looked up as he waited for it to come down, but it never did. Bregman soon trotted to the plate and started looking up to see where it was, too. Verlander held his glove over the top of his head for a few seconds, jokingly protecting himself if it happened to drop near him. Granderson and the trio of Astros then laughed, and Granderson got back in the box to resume his at-bat.

''I still have no idea what happened on that,'' Granderson said. ''I've never hit a ball that high before.''

UP NEXT

Charlie Morton (9-1, 2.77 ERA) pitches for Houston on Tuesday, looking for his 10th win. Morton allowed just two hits and one unearned run in six innings of a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay in his last outing. The Blue Jays have yet to announce their Tuesday starter.

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  • W: J. Happ (10-3)L: J. Verlander (9-3)S: S. Oh (2)
  • HR: TOR - C. Granderson 2 (9), R. Grichuk (9), HOU - A. Bregman (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson RF42222111.258.369.478.84712.5
K. Pillar CF00000000.242.276.410.6850.0
T. Hernandez LF51300011.263.309.534.8444.5
Y. Solarte 3B41000114.252.308.456.7641.5
K. Morales DH30000124.242.310.418.7280.0
G. Urshela PR-DH01000000.233.283.326.6081.0
J. Smoak 1B40120023.236.360.424.7843.0
R. Martin C40000022.165.317.294.611-1.0
R. Grichuk CF-RF41121000.194.272.448.7197.0
A. Diaz SS40100010.239.277.402.6790.5
D. Travis 2B40100011.233.282.397.6790.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF50000013.265.347.461.808-0.5
    A. Bregman 3B41221112.263.370.465.83410.5
    J. Altuve 2B51100024.343.402.491.8922.0
    C. Correa SS30100101.268.352.480.8322.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B40210000.309.333.430.7633.0
    E. Gattis DH30000112.247.306.498.8040.5
    M. Gonzalez LF40000013.242.321.375.696-0.5
    M. Stassi C30000010.256.331.489.820-0.5
    a- T. Kemp PH00000100.310.390.414.8041.0
    J. Marisnick CF31100020.176.206.316.5221.0
    b- J. Reddick PH10100000.258.343.393.7361.0
    • a-walked for Stassi in the 9th
    • b-singled for Marisnick in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Hernandez (18), J. Smoak (20)
    • HR - C. Granderson 2 (9), R. Grichuk (9)
    • RBI - C. Granderson 2 (26), J. Smoak 2 (37), R. Grichuk 2 (24)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Granderson (13), J. Smoak 2 (11), R. Grichuk 2 (7)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Altuve (22)
    • HR - A. Bregman (12)
    • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (45), Y. Gurriel (37)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (19), Y. Gurriel (15)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Bregman (7)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Happ (W, 10-3)6.07332413.621.0618.0
    J. Biagini (H, 1)1.00001206.881.853.0
    J. Axford (H, 4)1.00000104.621.353.5
    S. Oh (S, 2)1.01001203.221.169.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Happ (W, 10-3)6.0
    J. Biagini (H, 1)1.0
    J. Axford (H, 4)1.0
    S. Oh (S, 2)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Verlander (L, 9-3)6.27442621.820.813.0
    W. Harris1.11221214.451.270.0
    B. Peacock1.01000302.160.933.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Verlander (L, 9-3)6.2
    W. Harris1.1
    B. Peacock1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - S. Oh
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 104-67, J. Biagini 23-13, J. Axford 7-5, S. Oh 25-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 5-9, J. Biagini 1-0, J. Axford 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Happ 27, J. Biagini 4, J. Axford 3, S. Oh 5
    PITCHING
    • WP - W. Harris (3), B. Peacock (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 112-73, W. Harris 26-17, B. Peacock 21-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 5-9, W. Harris 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 29, W. Harris 6, B. Peacock 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson RF42222111.258.369.478.84712.5
    K. Pillar CF00000000.242.276.410.6850.0
    T. Hernandez LF51300011.263.309.534.8444.5
    Y. Solarte 3B41000114.252.308.456.7641.5
    K. Morales DH30000124.242.310.418.7280.0
    G. Urshela PR-DH01000000.233.283.326.6081.0
    J. Smoak 1B40120023.236.360.424.7843.0
    R. Martin C40000022.165.317.294.611-1.0
    R. Grichuk CF-RF41121000.194.272.448.7197.0
    A. Diaz SS40100010.239.277.402.6790.5
    D. Travis 2B40100011.233.282.397.6790.5
    Total36696331116-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF50000013.265.347.461.808-0.5
      A. Bregman 3B41221112.263.370.465.83410.5
      J. Altuve 2B51100024.343.402.491.8922.0
      C. Correa SS30100101.268.352.480.8322.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B40210000.309.333.430.7633.0
      E. Gattis DH30000112.247.306.498.8040.5
      M. Gonzalez LF40000013.242.321.375.696-0.5
      M. Stassi C30000010.256.331.489.820-0.5
      a- T. Kemp PH00000100.310.390.414.8041.0
      J. Marisnick CF31100020.176.206.316.5221.0
      b- J. Reddick PH10100000.258.343.393.7361.0
      Total3538314915-----
      • a-walked for Stassi in the 9th
      • b-singled for Marisnick in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Hernandez (18), J. Smoak (20)
      • HR - C. Granderson 2 (9), R. Grichuk (9)
      • RBI - C. Granderson 2 (26), J. Smoak 2 (37), R. Grichuk 2 (24)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Granderson (13), J. Smoak 2 (11), R. Grichuk 2 (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Altuve (22)
      • HR - A. Bregman (12)
      • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (45), Y. Gurriel (37)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (19), Y. Gurriel (15)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Bregman (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ (W, 10-3)6.07332413.621.0618.0
      J. Biagini (H, 1)1.00001206.881.853.0
      J. Axford (H, 4)1.00000104.621.353.5
      S. Oh (S, 2)1.01001203.221.169.0
      Total9.0833491---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ (W, 10-3)6.0
      J. Biagini (H, 1)1.0
      J. Axford (H, 4)1.0
      S. Oh (S, 2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (L, 9-3)6.27442621.820.813.0
      W. Harris1.11221214.451.270.0
      B. Peacock1.01000302.160.933.5
      Total9.09663113---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (L, 9-3)6.2
      W. Harris1.1
      B. Peacock1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Oh
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 104-67, J. Biagini 23-13, J. Axford 7-5, S. Oh 25-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 5-9, J. Biagini 1-0, J. Axford 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 27, J. Biagini 4, J. Axford 3, S. Oh 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - W. Harris (3), B. Peacock (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 112-73, W. Harris 26-17, B. Peacock 21-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 5-9, W. Harris 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 29, W. Harris 6, B. Peacock 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Grichuk homered to left center, Urshela scored63
      • 7TH INNING
        Granderson homered to left43
      • 5TH INNING
        Granderson homered to right33
      • 4TH INNING
        Bregman singled to left center, Marisnick scored, Bregman to second23
      • 3RD INNING
        Bregman homered to left22
      • 1ST INNING
        Gurriel singled to shallow left, Altuve scored, Correa to second21
        Smoak doubled to deep right, Hernandez and Solarte scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Gio Urshela at designated hitter
        • Brad Peacock relieved Will Harris
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Travis singled to right
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Travis to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • Y. Solarte: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Solarte struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved John Axford
        • Kevin Pillar in center field
        • Tony Kemp hit for Max Stassi
        • T. Kemp: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kemp walked
        • Josh Reddick hit for Jake Marisnick
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Reddick singled to center, Kemp to second
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Springer flied out to deep right
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kemp to third, Reddick to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • W. Harris Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Morales walked
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Morales to second on wild pitch, Grichuk homered to left center, Urshela scored
        • A. Diaz: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Gio Urshela ran for Kendrys Morales
        • John Axford pitching
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to third
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gattis struck out looking
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Travis struck out looking
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Granderson homered to left
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hernandez singled to left
        • Will Harris relieved Justin Verlander
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Solarte popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Joe Biagini relieved J.A. Happ
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Bregman stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Correa grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak grounded out to first
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Martin flied out to center
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grichuk lined out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez fouled out to third
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Stassi struck out looking
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Marisnick struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Granderson homered to right
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Hernandez lined out to center
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Solarte grounded out to first
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Ball, Correa grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel lined out to center
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Gattis flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
        • R. Grichuk: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Grichuk grounded out to third
        • A. Diaz: Diaz singled to left
        • D. Travis: Ball, Foul, Travis grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Strike swinging, Stassi grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Marisnick singled to shallow right
        • G. Springer: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Springer grounded out to shortstop, Marisnick to second
        • A. Bregman: Bregman singled to left center, Marisnick scored, Bregman to second
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Altuve flied out to right
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Granderson walked
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez doubled to left, Granderson to third
        • Y. Solarte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Solarte popped out to shortstop
        • K. Morales: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Springer flied out to right
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman homered to left
        • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to deep center
        • C. Correa: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Correa singled to left center
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to shallow right, Correa to third
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gattis walked, Gurriel to second
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to deep right
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Foul, Grichuk grounded out to third
        • A. Diaz: Diaz lined out to center
        • D. Travis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Travis flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Stassi lined out to left
        • J. Marisnick: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Granderson flied out to left
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez singled to left
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Solarte walked, Hernandez to second
        • K. Morales: Morales flied out to left
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smoak doubled to deep right, Hernandez and Solarte scored
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martin flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Springer grounded out to second
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman flied out to deep left
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve doubled to deep right center
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Correa walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel singled to shallow left, Altuve scored, Correa to second
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Gattis grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Gurriel out at second
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)