Rookies come up big in Astros win
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A couple of the newest Astros propelled the club to a fourth straight win Friday night in Toronto. Joe Musgrove held the Blue Jays to two runs over seven innings to earn his first big league win and Teoscar Hernandez went 2 for 4 with a home run in his Major League debut.
Making his third appearance and his second start since taking over for the injured Lance McCullers, Musgrove struck out seven, walked one, and scattered six hits. The 23-year old now boasts a 1.47 ERA and has struck out 15 batters in 14-1/3 big league innings.
Hernandez, called up from AAA Fresno earlier in the day, arrived at Rogers Centre shortly before game time. Getting the start in centerfield in place of the ailing Jake Marisnick, Hernandez drew a walk in his first plate appearance and came around to score the first run of the game on Carlos Correa's 2-run single up the middle off eventual loser Francisco Liriano.
After the Jays rallied to tie the score at two, Jose Altuve put Houston ahead to stay with a fifth inning double that plated two runs. Hernandez added to the lead with a solo blast to leftfield with two outs in the sixth.
Pat Neshek relieved Musgrove in the eighth and set the Jays down in order to log his 15th scoreless appearance in his last 16 outings.
With Ken Giles back in Houston on the paternity list, A.J. Hinch turned to Will Harris to close things out in the ninth. Harris fell behind Edwin Encarnacion to start the inning and the slugger made him pay, ripping a home run down the leftfield line to trim the lead to 5-3. After a quick visit from pitching coach Brent Strom, Harris retired the next three batters to earn his 12th save of the season.
In addition to calling up Hernandez, the Astros placed outfielder Preston Tucker on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder and activated reliever Luke Gregerson.
- Greg Thurston