TORONTO (AP) — George Springer homered twice against his former team, leading José Berríos and the Toronto Blue Jays over Houston 2-1 Saturday to snap the Astros’ season-long winning streak at four.
Springer’s leadoff homer in the first was the 46th of his career. Starting at DH, Springer connected again in the third, his 19th multi-homer game.
“It boiled down to too much George,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said.
Springer was hit by a pitch in his next at-bat and stole second.
Of Springer’s six home runs this season, three have come against Houston. He was the MVP of the 2017 World Series when the Astros won their only championship.
“A home run is a home run,” Springer said. “It doesn’t matter who you’re playing.”
Berríos (2-0) gave up seven hits, struck out five and walked two.
“I got it in my mind to be aggressive, trying to be ahead of the hitters,” Berríos said. “We created a plan and then went out there and executed it.”
Yordan Alvarez homered off Berríos to begin the fourth, his sixth. But that was all Houston managed against the Blue Jays right-hander.
“Hats off to José,” Springer said. “He held a good team down.”
Adam Cimber pitched one inning, Tim Mayza went 1 1-3 innings and Jordan Romano threw a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances.
Both of Springer’s homers came off Luis Garcia (1-1), who allowed five hits in six innings.
“Man, that was a tough one to lose because both pitchers were throwing the ball well,” Baker said.
Toronto improved to 8-2 in one-run games, the most one-run victories in baseball. The Blue Jays have not lost back-to-back games since Sept. 24, 2021, an MLB-best 30-game stretch.
“That just shows we’re a resilient team,” Springer…