Schneider’s two-run homer off Hader in the ninth lifts the Blue Jays to a 2-1 victory over the Astros

HOUSTON (AP) –

Davis Schneider’s two-run homer off closer Josh Hader with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the toronto The Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 2-1 on Tuesday night.

It looked like the Blue Jays were going to be shut out for the second straight night after Ronel Blanco threw the first no-hitter of the season in Houston’s 10-0 win on Monday.

They had trouble stringing hits together all night and trailed 1-0 entering the ninth.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled to start the inning, but Bo Bichette grounded into a double play. Hader (0-2), signed by the Astros to a five-year, $95 million contract this offseason, walked Justin Turner to bring up Schneider.

Schneider’s shot sailed toward center field to put the Blue Jays up 2-1 and sparked a celebration in the toronto dugout.


toronto Starter José Berríos gave up six hits and one run in six innings in another solid start after earning the opening day victory. Chad Green (1-0) got the final four outs for the win.

José Altuve had two hits and his solo home run in the fourth was all the offense the Astros could muster.

Houston starter Framber Valdez allowed six hits and struck out five without walking. He bounced back after allowing three runs and tying a career-high with six walks on Opening Day but disregarding the decision in a loss to the Yankees.

There was a runner on first with two outs in the eighth when Valdez was replaced by Ryan Pressly. He retired George Springer on a groundout to end the inning before Hader’s blown save.

Houston had a chance to increase its lead when Altuve was on third base with two outs in the eighth. But he took too big a lead and was intercepted trying to return to third to end the inning.

Turner had three hits, with two doubles for the Blue Jays, and his walk in the ninth proved to be the difference.

The Astros took the lead with Altuve’s home run with no outs in the fourth inning. Yordan Alvarez followed with a broken-bat single, but Kyle Tucker grounded into a double play before Alex Bregman grounded out to end the inning.

Bichette, who missed the previous two games due to neck spasms, suffered torontoThe first hit since Sunday with a two-out single in the first. Turner followed with a double to left field. But Alvarez threw to Bregman at third and his throw to the plate came just in time for Victor Caratini to tag a sliding Bichette before reaching the plate.

CELEBRATING SPRINGER

Springer celebrated 10 years of service in the MLB on Tuesday. The team had a small ceremony to honor him before the game and the Astros played a video montage recognizing the milestone just before the first pitch. Springer was drafted by the Astros in the first round in 2011 and spent his first seven seasons with the Astros.

COACH ROOM

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (right shoulder inflammation) will pitch a bullpen on Thursday before making his first minor league rehab start for Double-A Corpus Christi or Triple-A Sugar Land.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Houston RHP Cristian Javier (0-0, 0.00 ERA) opposes Chris Bassitt (0-1, 7.20) when the series concludes Wednesday night.

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