Chirinos hits slam, drives in 6 runs, Astros beat Blue Jays

HOUSTON (AP) Robinson Chirinos said he was late on the fastball the whole game. He finally caught up to one when it counted most.

Chirinos hit his first grand slam and finished with a career-high six RBIs, Gerrit Cole struck out 10 and the Houston Astros routed the Toronto Blue Jays 15-2 on Friday night.

''Thank God I was able to square one that went out of the ballpark,'' Chirinos said. ''It was fun.''

After Toronto walked Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez on four pitches with the bases loaded, Chirinos cleared the bases with his 12th homer of the season off Thomas Pannone.

The Astros won their 13th straight series opener and improved to 9-3 in June.

Cole (6-5) allowed two runs and three hits while increasing his MLB-leading strikeout total to 140.

The Blue Jays' runs came in the fifth inning. Cavan Biggio, son of Astros Hall of Fame second baseman Craig Biggio, drew applause when he came to the plate. The younger Biggio doubled to deep center field off Cole, scoring two runs. The elder Biggio cheered from the front row near the Houston dugout.

''I think it just goes to show the amount of respect the name Biggio holds in this stadium,'' the younger Biggio said. ''I think it's cool for me, but it's even a better tribute to my father and what he did.''

Biggio said he was a little emotional in his first at-bat after hearing longtime Astros PA announcer Bob Ford's voice say his last name the same way he heard him announce his father's name for many years of his childhood. He said he knew where his family was sitting but tried not to look at them.

Both teams loaded the bases in the first inning. The results were starkly different for each of the starting pitchers. Cole escaped the inning with a strikeout.

''I got into a better rhythm with the fastball command,'' Cole said. ''I was good at times but fell behind. I was just able to do what I needed to do to get out unscathed.''

Sanchez, however, allowed back-to-back singles to Alvarez and Chirinos and a sacrifice fly to Josh Reddick, falling behind 3-0.

Alex Bregman extended Houston's lead to 6-0 in the second inning with a three-run homer into the left-field Crawford Boxes, his 19th homer of the season.

Tony Kemp hit a two-run homer in the third inning that pushed the Astros' lead to 8-0.

Sanchez (3-8) allowed eight runs on six hits and three walks before being replaced by Sam Gaviglio in the fourth inning. Sanchez's eight runs allowed matched a career high from July 7, 2017, the last time he faced Houston.

''Can't really do things when you're behind in the count,'' Sanchez said. ''Obviously, have to establish the fastball command. When it's all over the place like it was it doesn't even give you a chance to get to your secondary stuff.''

Alvarez hit a two-run homer off Gaviglio, becoming the 20th player in MLB history to hit three home runs in his first four games and the first since Shohei Ohtani in 2018.

''There's just a lot that he's doing right that starts with the right mindset and mental aptitude to be at this level at an early age,'' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. ''So I applaud him for his approach to his at-bats and how he's not letting the third deck get to him, he's not letting hitting in the middle of the order get to him. He's crushing.''

After being called up from Triple-A, Astros reliever Rogelio Armenteros held Toronto to two hits, striking out three in three innings. He became the first Astros pitcher in franchise history to record a save in his Major League debut.

GURRIEL SHOWDOWN

Toronto LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and his older brother, Yuli, faced off for the first time in Houston. Yuli went 1-for-3 with a single and one flyout to his brother in left field, while Lourdes went 1-for-4 with a single.

HE SAID IT

''Couldn't really write a better script where he had a million doubles and now I get my first one here. Now I have 1,000 more to go to catch up to him. It's pretty cool.'' -- Cavan Biggio on hitting a double at Minute Maid Park

AIR YORDAN

At 21, Alvarez is the youngest MLB player with seven RBIs in his first four games since Manny Machado in 2012. His single in the first inning posted a 114.1 mph exit velocity, the second-hardest hit ball by an Astros player this season, behind a 114.2 mph double from George Springer in April.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. exited the game in the first inning after being hit by a 96 mph fastball from Gerrit Cole on the left hand. He stayed in the game as a baserunner before he was replaced by Eric Sogard at third base. The team announced that he suffered a left hand contusion and X-rays were negative. Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said he would be day to day.

Astros: CF Jake Marisnick left the game with left knee discomfort after an awkward play in the field in the fifth inning. ... 2B Jose Altuve (left hamstring strain) went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and RHP Collin McHugh (right elbow discomfort) allowed a two-run home run and a walk in 2/3 inning on rehab assignments for Triple-A Round Rock on Friday night. They joined C Max Stassi (left knee soreness), who began his rehab assignment Thursday night.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: LHP Clayton Richard (0-2, 7.04 ERA) will face the Astros on Saturday, making his fifth start of the season and still seeking his first win as a Blue Jay. Richard is 1-1 with a 4.79 ERA in three starts against Houston.

Astros: LHP Framber Valdez (2-2, 2.73) pitches Saturday against the Blue Jays, looking to build on his first start of the season on June 8 when he held Baltimore to one run in seven innings of a 4-1 loss in which he struck out seven with no walks and gave up five hits, including a solo homer.

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  • W: G. Cole (6-5)L: A. Sanchez (3-8)S: R. Armenteros (1)
  • HR: HOU - R. Chirinos (12), T. Kemp (5), A. Bregman (19), Y. Alvarez (3)
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    J. Mayfield SS10000011.059.086.176.262-0.5
    M. Brantley LF32000210.313.372.510.8823.5
    Y. Gurriel 3B32100112.259.292.396.6884.5
    Y. Alvarez DH43331110.385.5791.0771.65612.5
    R. Chirinos C51261022.243.367.521.88811.0
    J. Reddick RF41210000.300.337.438.7756.0
    T. White 1B50100033.217.315.312.6260.5
    T. Kemp 2B52221012.240.312.440.75210.5
    J. Marisnick CF21000101.245.312.455.7672.0
    M. Straw CF01000100.250.379.333.7132.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Biggio
      • RBI - C. Biggio 2 (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Biggio, L. Gurriel, R. Grichuk 3 (3), B. Drury
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. White (7)
      • HR - A. Bregman (19), Y. Alvarez (3), R. Chirinos (12), T. Kemp (5)
      • SF - J. Reddick (6)
      • RBI - A. Bregman 3 (47), Y. Alvarez 3 (7), R. Chirinos 6 (38), J. Reddick (24), T. Kemp 2 (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alvarez 2 (4), T. Kemp 2 (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Chirinos 2 (2), T. White, T. Kemp, J. Marisnick
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Reddick (4), T. Kemp (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez (L, 3-8)3.06883425.041.60-11.0
      S. Gaviglio2.03220114.401.041.5
      D. Law2.01000405.061.507.0
      T. Mayza0.10444104.561.44-7.5
      T. Pannone0.22110115.911.54-2.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez (L, 3-8)3.0
      S. Gaviglio2.0
      D. Law2.0
      T. Mayza0.1
      T. Pannone0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (W, 6-5)6.032221003.670.9926.0
      R. Armenteros (S, 1)3.02000300.000.6715.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (W, 6-5)6.0
      R. Armenteros (S, 1)3.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Law
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 69-42, S. Gaviglio 24-16, D. Law 29-20, T. Mayza 23-7, T. Pannone 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 1-4, S. Gaviglio 3-2, T. Pannone 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 18, S. Gaviglio 9, D. Law 8, T. Mayza 5, T. Pannone 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - G. Cole (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 100-64, R. Armenteros 45-27
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Armenteros 3-3
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 24, R. Armenteros 11
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      V. Guerrero 3B00000000.268.333.463.7961.0
      E. Sogard 3B30000001.276.343.461.8040.0
      L. Gurriel LF40100021.279.339.541.8790.0
      R. Tellez DH40000022.222.273.423.695-1.0
      J. Smoak 1B30000110.225.364.423.7870.5
      R. Grichuk CF40000033.218.276.405.681-1.5
      F. Galvis SS31200100.243.284.407.6914.0
      B. Drury RF40000013.217.259.379.638-0.5
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        A. Bregman SS32131110.272.399.547.9479.5
        J. Mayfield SS10000011.059.086.176.262-0.5
        M. Brantley LF32000210.313.372.510.8823.5
        Y. Gurriel 3B32100112.259.292.396.6884.5
        Y. Alvarez DH43331110.385.5791.0771.65612.5
        R. Chirinos C51261022.243.367.521.88811.0
        J. Reddick RF41210000.300.337.438.7756.0
        T. White 1B50100033.217.315.312.6260.5
        T. Kemp 2B52221012.240.312.440.75210.5
        J. Marisnick CF21000101.245.312.455.7672.0
        M. Straw CF01000100.250.379.333.7132.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Biggio
          • RBI - C. Biggio 2 (7)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Biggio, L. Gurriel, R. Grichuk 3 (3), B. Drury
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. White (7)
          • HR - A. Bregman (19), Y. Alvarez (3), R. Chirinos (12), T. Kemp (5)
          • SF - J. Reddick (6)
          • RBI - A. Bregman 3 (47), Y. Alvarez 3 (7), R. Chirinos 6 (38), J. Reddick (24), T. Kemp 2 (14)
          • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alvarez 2 (4), T. Kemp 2 (6)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Chirinos 2 (2), T. White, T. Kemp, J. Marisnick
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Reddick (4), T. Kemp (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Sanchez (L, 3-8)3.06883425.041.60-11.0
          S. Gaviglio2.03220114.401.041.5
          D. Law2.01000405.061.507.0
          T. Mayza0.10444104.561.44-7.5
          T. Pannone0.22110115.911.54-2.5
          Total8.01215157114---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Sanchez (L, 3-8)3.0
          S. Gaviglio2.0
          D. Law2.0
          T. Mayza0.1
          T. Pannone0.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Cole (W, 6-5)6.032221003.670.9926.0
          R. Armenteros (S, 1)3.02000300.000.6715.5
          Total9.05222130---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Cole (W, 6-5)6.0
          R. Armenteros (S, 1)3.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - D. Law
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 69-42, S. Gaviglio 24-16, D. Law 29-20, T. Mayza 23-7, T. Pannone 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 1-4, S. Gaviglio 3-2, T. Pannone 1-0
          • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 18, S. Gaviglio 9, D. Law 8, T. Mayza 5, T. Pannone 4
          PITCHING
          • HBP - G. Cole (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 100-64, R. Armenteros 45-27
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Armenteros 3-3
          • Batters Faced - G. Cole 24, R. Armenteros 11
          • 8TH INNING
            Chirinos homered to left center, Brantley, Gurriel and Alvarez scored215
            Alvarez walked, Straw scored, Brantley to third, Gurriel to second211
          • 5TH INNING
            Biggio doubled to deep center, Galvis and Maile scored210
          • 4TH INNING
            Alvarez homered to center, Gurriel scored010
          • 3RD INNING
            Kemp homered to right, Reddick scored08
          • 2ND INNING
            Bregman homered to left, Kemp and Marisnick scored06
          • 1ST INNING
            Reddick hit sacrifice fly to left, Alvarez scored03
            Chirinos singled to right, Bregman and Brantley scored, Alvarez to third02
          • 9TH INNING
            • R. Armenteros Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
            • R. Grichuk: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Galvis singled to left
            • B. Drury: Drury reached on fielder's choice to third, Galvis out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jack Mayfield at shortstop
            • E. Sogard: Foul, Sogard lined out to center
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
            • R. Tellez: Tellez popped out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tim Mayza relieved Derek Law
            • M. Straw: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Straw walked
            • J. Mayfield: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Mayfield struck out swinging
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked, Straw to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked, Straw to third, Brantley to second
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alvarez walked, Straw scored, Brantley to third, Gurriel to second
            • Thomas Pannone relieved Tim Mayza
            • R. Chirinos: Chirinos homered to left center, Brantley, Gurriel and Alvarez scored
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Reddick singled to left
            • T. White: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, White struck out looking
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kemp grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (5 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Rogelio Armenteros relieved Gerrit Cole
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Galvis singled to right
            • B. Drury: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Drury grounded out to third, Galvis to second
            • L. Maile: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maile lined out to third
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Biggio struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Law Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Strike swinging, Ball, Reddick fouled out to shortstop
            • T. White: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, White struck out looking
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Myles Straw in center field
            • R. Tellez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak popped out to third
            • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Grichuk struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Derek Law relieved Sam Gaviglio
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman lined out to right
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel hit by pitch
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Alvarez singled to center, Gurriel to second
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Galvis walked
            • B. Drury: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Drury struck out looking
            • L. Maile: Ball, Strike swinging, Maile singled to center, Galvis to second
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Biggio doubled to deep center, Galvis and Maile scored
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sogard flied out to deep left
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel popped out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick lined out to right
            • T. White: Ball, White doubled to deep left
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Kemp grounded out to second, White to third
            • J. Marisnick: Marisnick grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • R. Tellez: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smoak lined out to center
            • R. Grichuk: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Sam Gaviglio relieved Aaron Sanchez
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Foul, Brantley flied out to deep left
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Alvarez homered to center, Gurriel scored
            • R. Chirinos: Chirinos grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Biggio struck out on foul tip
            • E. Sogard: Sogard lined out to center
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick singled to right
            • T. White: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging, Reddick stole second
            • T. Kemp: Kemp homered to right, Reddick scored
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Marisnick popped out to second
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • F. Galvis: Foul, Galvis flied out to center
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Drury lined out to center
            • L. Maile: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Eric Sogard at third base
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kemp singled to right
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Kemp stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Marisnick walked
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Bregman homered to left, Kemp and Marisnick scored
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to first
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel flied out to deep left
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Alvarez struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Biggio struck out on foul tip
            • V. Guerrero: Foul, Ball, Guerrero hit by pitch
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel singled to left, Guerrero to second
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Foul, Tellez flied out to left
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Smoak walked, Guerrero to third, Gurriel to second
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley walked, Bregman to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
            • Y. Alvarez: Foul, Ball, Alvarez singled to right, Bregman to third, Brantley to second
            • R. Chirinos: Chirinos singled to right, Bregman and Brantley scored, Alvarez to third
            • J. Reddick: Reddick hit sacrifice fly to left, Alvarez scored
            • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, White lined out to center
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)