- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

TORONTO (AP) - Runs have been hard to come by for the Houston Astros in recent games. It was the same story Friday night.

Aaron Sanchez pitched into the ninth inning, Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista each hit a two-run homer, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Houston 6-2 to end a seven-game losing streak against the Astros.

Houston has failed to score more than three runs in three straight games and six of the past eight. The Astros are 4-4 during that stretch.

Sanchez (5-4) allowed one run and six hits in eight-plus innings, his longest career start. He was pulled after giving up three consecutive hits to start the ninth. For the first time in 11 starts, he didn’t walk a batter.

“We knew he was a little erratic earlier in the year and we expected him to spray the ball around a little bit,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “What we saw was a little bit different, where he pounded the strike zone with his fastball. This guy has a good arm, his ball moves all over the place, and when he’s inside the strike zone, he’s tough to handle.”

Second baseman Jose Altuve, who had one of the hits off Sanchez, praised the Blue Jays rookie for doing “a tremendous job.”

“I was looking for balls right in the middle,” Altuve said. “That’s what he did and I still couldn’t hit it.”

Sanchez was perfect until George Springer reached on an infield single to start the fourth, with Josh Donaldson’s throw from third pulling Justin Smoak off the bag at first. Springer was erased when Altuve followed by grounding into a double play.

Colby Rasmus hit a one-out single in the fifth, but the inning ended when Luis Valbuena grounded into a double play.

Roberto Osuna finished to give Toronto its first win over Houston since Aug. 1, 2014. The Blue Jays matched a season high by winning their third straight.

Jason Castro hit a leadoff homer in the ninth, snapping a 21-inning scoreless streak by Blue Jays pitchers. Toronto held Washington scoreless in the final four innings of a 7-3 win in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, and Mark Buehrle tossed a six-hitter in Wednesday’s 8-0 win over the Nationals.

Castro’s homer was the first off a Toronto pitcher in 36 innings.

Reyes hit his first homer of the season in Toronto’s five-run third. Donaldson followed with a single and scored when Bautista homered off the facing of the third deck in left.

Edwin Encarnacion doubled and scored on an RBI single by Chris Colabello, Toronto’s fifth straight hit off Roberto Hernandez.

Hernandez (2-5) allowed six runs, five earned, and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. The right-hander is winless in three starts and has given up 18 runs during that span.

“The big inning is getting him,” Hinch said. “Minimizing damage has been hard for him.”

Houston’s Chris Carter went 0 for 3, ending his hitting streak at 12 games.

THE GRADUATE

Astros bench coach Trey Hillman was away Friday attending his daughter’s high school graduation. He’s expected to rejoin the team Saturday.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Friday marked the 26th anniversary of the first game at Rogers Centre, which opened as SkyDome in 1989. Toronto beat Milwaukee in the inaugural game. The first big league stadium with a retractable roof, it’s now the seventh-oldest facility in the majors.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: RHP Will Harris, who limped off the mound after being hit in the left foot by a broken bat Thursday, was feeling fine Friday despite minor bruising and swelling.

Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis (left shoulder), who hasn’t played since May 29 after feeling sore in a rehab game at Triple-A, will be reevaluated Monday. “He’s moving in the right direction,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos said.

UP NEXT

Astros: LHP Brett Oberholtzer (0-0, 3.24 ERA) makes his third start of the season and his first on the road. Oberholtzer has been on the disabled list twice this season with a blister on his left index finger.

Blue Jays: RHP Drew Hutchison (4-1, 5.26) was chased after 5 1-3 innings in Minnesota last week, the first time in four starts he’d failed to work at least six innings. Hutchison has been unable to reach the sixth in six of his 11 starts.

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