BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Zack Greinke pitched his first complete game since 2017, Carlos Correa homered twice and Martin Maldonado hit a grand slam, leading the Houston Astros over the Toronto Blue Jays 13-1 on Friday night.
Maldonado drove in five runs and Aledmys Díaz also homered as Houston handed the Blue Jays their first loss in three games at their temporary home in Buffalo.
Greinke (6-2) gave up six hits, walked one and struck out three, throwing 102 pitches.
It was his first complete game since going eight innings in a 1-0 loss for Arizona at San Diego on April 19, 2017. The 37-year-old righty’s previous nine-inning complete game was June 7, 2016, with Arizona against Tampa Bay.
“This was one of the first times where I felt really strong at the end,” Greinke said. “Most games I feel a little tired later on. Today it felt just as good, if not better, in the last inning, as it did in the first inning.”
The win was the 214th of Greinke’s career, tying him with Mark Buehrle and Rick Reuschel for 91st on the all-time list.
The Astros won for the fifth time in six games.
Houston manager Dusty Baker enjoyed watching Greinke and his club’s 13-run see outburst after mustering only a ninth-inning run on Thursday against Boston.
“He had everything working,” Baker said. “Fastball, breaking ball, including his defense up the middle. He’s been a lifesaver not only for us, but our bullpen. It’s fun to watch him pitch. (Scoring runs is) very important for the confidence of the team. Nobody wants to be left out.”
Randal Grichuk homered for Toronto, which absorbed its largest margin of defeat since a 20-6 loss at Yankee Stadium last Sept. 15.
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