- Associated Press - Friday, August 1, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - Nolan Reimold found out he was starting right before batting practice Thursday night. He made the most of the chance to play.

Reimold hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the ninth, and the streaking Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros.

Reimold was claimed off waivers on July 6 after he was designated for assignment by Baltimore. It was just his fifth start with Toronto.

Manager John Gibbons said the Blue Jays got Reimold and Danny Valencia for a reason. Valencia, who was acquired in a trade with Kansas City on Monday, had two hits.

“They’ve both played in the big leagues and had some success and they’re both going to help us out,” Gibbons said.

Reimold’s first homer came in the fifth and cut Houston’s lead to 4-3. His second homer of the season was off Chad Qualls (1-3) and sent Toronto to its ninth win in 10 games.

It was Reimold’s second career multihomer game and first since May 26, 2011.

“I was trying to be aggressive,” Qualls said. “I just wanted to be really aggressive with the fastball to get ahead. He ambushed it and hit it over the fence.”

Reimold has been hampered by an assortment of injuries the last two years. He said Thursday night helped show he might be back.

“It’s been two years since I could say that I feel like I am good enough to play again,” Reimold said. “It’s been a long process, so hopefully, all the work I did to come back pays off.”

Jose Bautista and Dioner Navarro also had solo homers for Toronto. Bautista connected for his 21st homer in the first, and Navarro tied it at four with his eighth in the sixth.

Aaron Sanchez (2-0) threw two scoreless innings for the win, and Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his 18th save.

Jon Singleton homered for Houston, and Robbie Grossman had two hits.

“Their four solo home runs proved to be the difference in the game,” Houston manager Bo Porter said. “They’re definitely a power-hitting team.”

The Astros scored three times in the third to open a 4-2 lead. Grossman and Marc Krauss each hit an RBI single off Drew Hutchison, and Jason Castro had an RBI double.

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