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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.

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