- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

TORONTO (AP) - Poor starts are becoming a problem for the Houston Astros

Jose Reyes stole three bases and got two hits as the Toronto Blue Jays won their season-high fourth in a row, beating Houston 7-2 Saturday and handing the Astros their third straight loss.

“That game, it didn’t start out well and it didn’t finish well,” manager A.J. Hinch said.

The Astros, who fell behind 5-0 after three innings in Friday’s 6-2 loss, found themselves facing a 4-0 deficit after two innings Saturday.

“It’s a couple of games where we’ve gotten punched and we’ve had a difficult time getting back up,” Hinch said.

While Hinch said his team needs to “get into the game better,” second baseman Jose Altuve said he wasn’t concerned.

“We’re going to come back tomorrow with the same attitude and try to win the game,” Altuve said. “We’re playing hard and that’s what we’re going to keep doing.”

Altuve went 3 for 4, his 22nd multihit game and fifth three-hit game.

Houston failed to score more than three runs for the fourth straight game and seventh time in its past nine.

Brett Oberholtzer (0-1) allowed four runs, two earned, and six hits in 3 2-3 innings. He made his third start of the season after two stints on the disabled list with a blister on his left index finger.

“It’s a good lineup,” Oberholtzer said. “I knew I wasn’t going to be perfect but I wanted to go a little deeper in the game than I did.”

The Blue Jays leads baseball with 296 runs and have scored six or more in each of their past 13 wins.

“It’s pretty amazing,” manager John Gibbons said. “I can’t even remember a team I’ve been with that scores that many that often.”

Reyes scored a run, drove in one and also walked.

Drew Hutchison (5-1) allowed one run and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, improving to 4-1 with a 2.72 ERA at home. He’s 1-0 with a 7.80 ERA in six road starts.

Edwin Encarnacion got the Blue Jays started with an RBI single in the first and Toronto added three more in the second. Reyes and Kevin Pillar singled home runs and Josh Donaldson added a sacrifice fly.

Altuve cut it to 4-1 with an RBI single in the third. The Blue Jays restored their four-run cushion on Pillar’s RBI double off Jake Buchanan in the fifth.

Jonathan Villar hit a solo homer off Toronto reliever Steve Delabar in the eighth. Blue Jays pinch-hitter Justin Smoak had a two-run double off Josh Fields in the bottom half.

Toronto’s Chris Colabello finished 1 for 5 with a double, extending his career-high hitting streak to 16 games. It’s the longest active streak in the majors.


Villar’s homer was Houston’s ML-leading 77th. The Astros are 26-14 when hitting at least one home run.


The Blue Jays finished with a season-high five stolen bases, Toronto’s highest total in since they had five against Boston on Sept. 5, 2011. It was the most steals allowed by Houston since June 18, 2014, at Washington.


Astros: The day after his 12-game hitting streak ended, Chris Carter was held out of the starting lineup to get him a break from the artificial turf. Carter came on as a pinch hitter in the seventh and finished the game at first base. … OF George Springer is expected to get the day off Sunday.

Blue Jays: Smoak batted for Encarnacion in the eighth. Gibbons said Encarnacion has been dealing with soreness in his left shoulder for approximately two weeks. Encarnacion got a cortisone shot after leaving the game and will not play Sunday.


Astros: RHP Colin McHugh (6-2, 4.33) seeks to win consecutive starts for the first time since April 21. He has allowed more than four earned runs just once in 11 starts.

Blue Jays: RHP R.A. Dickey (2-6, 5.53) didn’t allow a home run in his last start after giving up seven in his previous four outings. Dickey matched a season high by allowing seven runs in five innings in an 8-4 loss at Houston on May 15.

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