MLB: Houston 8, Toronto 6

July 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM

TORONTO, July 27 (UPI) -- Chris Carter capped a big first inning with a three-run homer Saturday and the Houston Astros went on to post an 8-6 win over Toronto.

The Astros forged a 4-0 lead in the initial frame before a single out had been recorded.

Jonathan Villar, Jose Altuve and Jason Castro hit consecutive singles off Josh Johnson to begin the game, grabbing a quick 1-0 lead, and Carter followed by smacking the first pitch he saw over the center field fence for a three-run blast.

Matt Dominguez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI and Justin Maxwell also went deep as Houston rebounded from a pair of losses to open the four-game series.

Dallas Keuchel (5-5) earned the decision despite allowing six runs on 10 hits over 7 1/3 innings and Jose Veras hurled the final 1 2/3 frames, notching his 19th save.

Johnson (1-7) absorbed his fifth loss in five starts, yielding seven runs on seven hits in a 5 2/3-inning effort.

Jose Bautista smacked a three-run homer and Edwin Encarnacion went 4-for-4 with an RBI for Toronto.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Report: Miami Dolphins among teams interested in New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton
Joey Logano dominates Bank of America 500
Eli Manning, Larry Donnell connect in last minute to lead Giants past 49ers
USC's Steve Sarkisian pushed into personal leave