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Toronto’s Randal Grichuk put on

  • Houston to see him play just his third career game at a ballpark only about 35 miles from his hometown of Rosenberg Josh Oliver Jersey , Texas.

     

    Grichuk hit a two-run homer and made a huge defensive play, helping the Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 6-3 on Monday.

    ”You can’t feel your body all game,” Grichuk said. ”You feel like you don’t need to stretch or get loose. It’s just as special for me as I know it is for my family.”

    Toronto also got two homers from Curtis Granderson against Justin Verlander, but the night belonged to Grichuk in one special homecoming.

    His soaring 471-foot home run, which clanged off the light pole above the train tracks on the left-field wall, came against Will Harris and made it 6-3 with two out in the eighth.

    Grichuk then reached over the short wall in right field to rob George Springer of a homer with two on and no outs in the ninth.

    ”Those are the plays you dream of that you don’t really get too often,” he said. ”But exactly what you hope for happened.”

    Grichuk, who moved from center to right field in the bottom of the ninth http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/quincy-williams-ii-jersey-cheap , had his back to the wall when he reached between two fans with gloves to make the grab.

    Springer stopped running and bent down in disbelief when he realized Grichuk had robbed him.

    ”Baseball can be pretty cruel,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. ”That’s a tough one. Right off the bat, I thought George got one. It carried and carried and carried and looked like he had to go pretty deep into the stands to get it.”

    Granderson’s leadoff shot in the fifth tied it at 3. He connected again with two out in the seventh, belting an opposite-field drive off Verlander (9-3) into the second row in the Crawford Boxes in left field.

    ”I’m not a huge fan of the Crawford Boxes right now,” Verlander said. ”The one to right, I thought Curtis got pretty good. The one to left, I didn’t think he got that one very good. But it’s the ballpark we play in. It’s fair for all sides. I need to do a little bit better job.”

    Verlander, who entered with a major league-best 1.60 ERA Ryquell Armstead Jersey , allowed four runs and seven hits – both season highs – in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two in his first loss since May 11.

    Toronto’s J.A. Happ (10-3) yielded three runs and seven hits in six innings in his sixth straight win. Seung-hwan Oh worked the ninth for his second save.

    Former Astro Teoscar Hernandez, who received his World Series ring in a pregame ceremony, had three hits and Justin Smoak drove in two runs as the Blue Jays won their third straight.

    Alex Bregman homered in the Astros’ third loss in 18 games.

    Hernandez singled with one out in the first before Yangervis Solarte drew a walk. Smoak’s two-out double lifted Toronto to a 2-0 lead.

    Yuli Gurriel singled in Jose Altuve in the bottom half, and Bregman’s drive to the seats in left tied it at 2 with one out in the third.

    Bregman also singled in Jake Marisnick in the fourth, but the Blue Jays tied it up again when Granderson sent the third pitch of the fifth inning into the stands in right for his eighth homer this season.

    TRAINER’S ROOM

    Astros: RHP Joe Smith (right elbow inflammation) felt good after throwing a bullpen on Sunday and will throw one more bullpen before likely beginning a rehabilitation assignment this weekend.

    Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (bruised finger on right hand) has less swelling and discomfort and will start playing catch in the next few days.

    WHERE DID IT GO?

    Granderson hit a foul pop in the first inning that got stuck in the park’s rafters. Catcher Max Stassi threw off his mask and looked up as he waited for it to come down, but it never did. Bregman soon trotted to the plate and started looking up to see where it was, too. Verlander held his glove over the top of his head for a few seconds, jokingly protecting himself if it happened to drop near him. Granderson and the trio of Astros then laughed http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/gardner-minshew-ii-jersey-cheap , and Granderson got back in the box to resume his at-bat.

    ”I still have no idea what happened on that,” Granderson said. ”I’ve never hit a ball that high before.”

    UP NEXT

    Charlie Morton (9-1, 2.77 ERA) pitches for Houston on Tuesday, looking for his 10th win. Morton allowed just two hits and one unearned run in six innings of a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay in his last outing. The Blue Jays have yet to announce their Tuesday starter.

    Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Rob Riggle will host NFL Honors on Feb. 3, when The Associated Press hands out its individual league awards.

    The two-hour prime-time show on NBC will take place at Northrop at the University of Minnesota.

    Riggle, who recently retired from the Marine Corps Reserve after 23 years of service, has been a staple in comedy for more than 15 years, starring in ”The Hangover Nick Bosa Jersey ,” ”Step Brothers,” and ”The Other Guys,” among his films. He currently can be seen in ”12 Strong,” his first dramatic turn.

    Riggle has been a correspondent on the Emmy Award-winning ”The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and a cast member on ”Saturday Night Live.”

    NFL Honors which debuted in Indianapolis in 2012, is held in the Super Bowl city the evening before the AFC and NFC champions meet. The 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class also will be introduced during the program.