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Houston Astros: Yuli Gurriel sparks rout of Toronto Blue Jays

By MoiseKapenda Bower, The Sports Xchange
Yuli Gurriel and the Houston Astros rolled to the victory on Friday. Photo by David Tulis/UPI
Yuli Gurriel and the Houston Astros rolled to the victory on Friday. Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

HOUSTON -- Yuli Gurriel reached base in all five plate appearances, Tyler White produced four hits and his second career multi-homer game and the Houston Astros bludgeoned the Toronto Blue Jays 16-7 on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

Gurriel finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs. He clubbed his 14th home run and added a pair of walks for his first career multi-walk game.

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White went 4-for-5 with five RBIs and was a triple shy of the cycle. His homers were his first of the season with Houston (70-39).

Josh Reddick also recorded a three-hit game as the Astros banged out 18 hits -- 10 for extra bases. Marwin Gonzalez hit his 20th home run while Alex Bregman belted his 13th for Houston.

The Blue Jays (51-58) didn't lag in the power department, slugging three homers off Astros starter Brad Peacock (10-1), who entered the game having allowed just two home runs all season.

While Kendrys Morales smacked his 21st home run, Russell Martin his 12th, and Ryan Goins his fifth, Peacock was buoyed by ample run support and took over the staff lead in victories. He allowed seven runs on nine hits and two walks with six strikeouts over six innings.

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Gurriel almost single-handedly put the Astros in position for their nine-run outburst in the fourth inning. He was 2-for-2 with three RBIs by the close of the third inning, driving in all three Houston runs with his home run in the first inning and an RBI single with two outs in the third.

Gurriel did that damage against Blue Jays starter Cesar Valdez (1-1), but Valdez wasn't around when Gurriel walked with two outs in the fourth. By then, the Astros had stretched their lead to 7-2, and Gonzalez followed the Gurriel walk with his 20th homer, a three-run shot to right field.

Houston tacked on two more RBI singles in that inning, with White and Jake Marisnick adding to the deluge. By the end of the inning, six different Astros had RBIs against three pitchers.

NOTES: Blue Jays RHP Danny Barnes was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list after missing 10 games with a right shoulder impingement. The Blue Jays also recalled C Raffy Lopez from Triple-A Buffalo, where he hit .293 with 12 home runs and 34 RBIs over 59 games. Barnes and Lopez filled the roster spots of RHP Joe Biagini, who was optioned to Buffalo, and C Miguel Montero, who landed on the DL with a right groin strain. ... The Astros recalled RHP James Hoyt from Triple-A Fresno. ... Astros OF George Springer took the day off rehabbing his left quad strain. Springer will intensify workouts starting on Saturday and, with the Astros off on Monday, could be reinstated from the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox.

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