Tulo and Martin hit back-to-back HRs, Jays beat Astros 9-2
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman throws to a Houston Astros batter during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
TORONTO (AP) Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin hit back-to-back home runs, Marcus Stroman pitched 6 1-3 innings to win for the first time in four starts and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 9-2 on Sunday.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his 33rd home run, a solo blast off Luke Gregerson, as the AL East-leading Blue Jays won for the eighth time in 10 meetings with the Astros. Encarnacion and Baltimore's Mark Trumbo are tied for most in the majors.
Tulowitkzi went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. He hit an RBI single in the first, singled and scored in the fourth, and homered in the fifth, his 20th.
Martin followed with a first-pitch blast off Mike Fiers. It was the seventh time this season Toronto has hit consecutive home runs.
Martin also made the defensive play of the game, leaning into Houston's first base dugout to catch Alex Bregman's foul pop up in the seventh.