The Houston Astros continued to show why they may be the best team in Major League Baseball right now. On Friday night, they were able to take down the Toronto Blue Jays, 15-2, thanks to a combined 12 RBIs from just three players.
According to ESPN’s report, it was catcher Robinson Chirinos delivering the biggest performance for the game. He finished with six RBIs after going 2-for-5 in the matchup. That included his 12th home run of the season, a grand slam that Chirino hit in the eighth inning to add to the team’s large lead.
In addition, Alex Bregman went 1-for-3 with three RBIs thanks to his three-run home run in the second inning. Designated hitter Jordan Alvarez also delivered three RBIs for the team’s total. He finished the game 3-for-4 and was on base for three runs scored. Alvarez hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning.
The Astros’ pitching came up big too, holding the visiting Blue Jays to just five hits and two runs. Starter Gerrit Cole (6-5) picked up the win after six innings of work. He struck out 10 batters for the game and allowed just three hits with two runs scored. Rogelio Armenteros came on to pick up the save.
On the losing side, Anibal Sanchez gave up six hits and eight runs in just three innings on the mount. He’s now 3-8 for the season. The Blue Jays’ two RBI came courtesy of Cavan Biggio in the fifth inning, but his team was unable to put anything else on the scoreboard.
With the latest victory, the Houston Astros are now 47-23 for the season and 26-10 at home. The Blue Jays fell to 25-44 overall and 13-22 on the road. The Astros continue to lead the American League West division by a comfortable margin. The Texas Rangers are the next-closest team, sitting 9.5 games behind the Astros right now. The only team showing a better record in MLB at the moment is the Minnesota Twins (46-22). Houston and the Los Angeles Dodgers have an identical record right now.
The Blue Jays are currently sitting in second-to-last place in the AL East division and trail the division leaders, Tampa Bay, by 17 games.
The two teams were scheduled to play again on Saturday afternoon with game time slated for 4:10 p.m. Eastern Time.