TORONTO (AP) — Jeremy Peña hit a three-run home run, Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman also connected, and the Houston Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-7 Friday night, extending their winning streak to four games.
Bregman hit a solo home run off Yusei Kikuchi in the first, his fourth, and Peña and Alvarez went deep off Trevor Richards in a five-run sixth inning.
“We have a great team,” Peña said. “We have great ballplayers, great hitters, great defense. It’s fun being part of this lineup.”
Peña’s homer was his fourth, while Alvarez hit his fifth of the season. Alvarez went 3 for 4 with a walk. He had three RBIs and scored three times.
Bregman scored three runs and Yuli Gurriel had three hits, including a pair of doubles, as Houston matched a season-high with 14 hits.
Kyle Tucker had two hits and two RBIs for the Astros, who have won five of six since a four-game losing streak.
“The guys are starting to get their stuff together,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said
Houston is 8-0 when scoring four or more runs, and 10-2 when scoring first.
Blue Jays pitchers allowed season-highs in hits (14) and walks (eight), but a 13-hit night by the offense helped keep Toronto in it.
“We thought we had a chance to come back until the end,” manager Charlie Montoyo said.
Bregman said the Astros, who lost two of three at home to Toronto last weekend, knew they couldn’t let up against the hard-hitting Blue Jays.
“They’re such a good offense, such a good team,” Bregman said. “You have to keep scoring if you want to win games, because they’ve got a real relentless attack.”
Astros right-hander José Urquidy (2-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings to snap a two-start winless streak. He walked one and struck out six.