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Springer hits two homers against old team, Jays beat Astros 2-1

TORONTO (AP) — George Springer homered twice against his former team, leading José Berríos and the Toronto Blue Jays against Houston 2-1 on Saturday and ending the Astros’ four-game winning streak.

Springer’s first homer in the first was the 46th of his career. Starting at DH, Springer connected again in the third, the 19th multi-home run game of his career.

Springer was hit by a pitch on his next at-bat and stole the second.

Of Springer’s six homers this season, three have come against Houston. He was the 2017 World Series MVP when the Astros won their only championship.

Berríos (2-0) allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked two.

Yordan Alvarez hit Berríos to start the fourth, his sixth. But that’s all Houston got against the Blue Jays right-hander.

Adam Cimber pitched an inning, Tim Mayza went 1-3 innings and Jordan Romano pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances.

Springer’s two homers beat Luis Garcia (1-1), who allowed five hits in six innings.

Toronto improved to 8-2 in one-point games. The Blue Jays haven’t lost a game in a row since Sept. 24, 2021, an MLB-best 29-game streak.

Yuli Gurriel followed the Alvarez circuit with a march and advanced on Kyle Tucker’s single. Berríos then threw Gurriel in third on Jeremy Peña’s sacrifice attempt and retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Chas McCormick and Niko Goodrum had back-to-back hits to open the fifth Houston, but Alex Bregman lined up, Alvarez was taken out and Berríos fanned Gurriel to keep the Blue Jays up front.

OUTSIDE AREA

Plate umpire Nic Lentz ejected Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo for arguing over balls and strikes after Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was called looking for a low strike to complete the fifth. Guerrero slammed his bat in frustration after the call but was not ejected. Montoyo’s ejection was his second of the season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: OF Michael Brantley missed his second straight game, with the team again citing health and safety protocols. Brantley stretched with his teammates on the field before the game.

Blue Jays: Toronto put LHP Tayler Saucedo (right hip) on the 10-day IL and recalled RHP Bowden Francis from Triple-A. Saucedo faced two batters on Friday before leaving the game.

NEXT

Astros LHP Framber Valdez (1-1, 3.15) takes on Blue Jays RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1, 2.19) in Sunday’s series finale. Gausman is 1-3 with a 5.16 ERA in four career starts against the Astros.

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