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Yordan Alvarez scores twice, Astros shut out Blue Jays again in 8-0 win

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HOUSTON (AP) –

Yordan Alvarez hit two homers and tied his career high with four hits, Cristian Javier and four relievers combined for one hit and the Houston Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-0 on Wednesday night.

Javier (1-0) allowed the only hit and pitched five innings. Seth Martinez, Rafael Montero, Tayler Scott and Dylan Coleman worked one inning each.

This is the second game of the series in which the Blue Jays have been shut out after Ronel Blanco pitched the 17th no-hitter in franchise history in a 10-0 victory Monday night.

It was a standout night for Alvarez, who entered Wednesday having hit just three singles in the first six games. It was the 16th career multi-homer game for the Cuban and the sixth time he had four hits.

Alvarez, who added an RBI double in the fourth, homered off Chris Bassitt (0-2) in the third and grounded Tim Mayza in the sixth.

The Astros scored Bassitt (0-2) for nine hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings in his second rough start to the season after allowing a career-high 10 hits and nine runs in his debut in the season.

Daulton Varsho doubled with one out in the second for Toronto’s only hit. The Blue Jays walked seven times, but couldn’t get anything going at the plate.

Jeremy Pena hit a two-run homer and Jose Altuve added a solo shot in the seventh to make it 8-0. Pena had two hits and drove in three runs in his fourth multi-hit game this season. It was Altuve’s second straight home run game and his third this season.

There was an out in the third when Alvarez, who hit 31 homers last season, hit one into the right-center bullpen to put Houston up 1-0.

Altuve had two takedowns in the fourth period before scoring on a double by Alvarez to extend the lead to 2-0.

Chas McCormick and Pena hit back-to-back one-out RBI singles in the fifth to make it 4-0.

Alvarez’s second home run led off the sixth and extended the lead to 5-0. The shot landed in the seats behind the right-center bullpen.

TRAINERS ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Alek Manoah (right shoulder soreness) pitched a three-inning simulated game at Florida on Tuesday. Blue Jays manager John Schneider said the next step would likely be Manoah making a rehab start for Single-A Dunedin on Sunday.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (right shoulder inflammation) will throw a bullpen at Houston on Thursday before making the first of what is expected to be two rehab starts for Triple-A Sugar Land on Sunday.

FOLLOWING

Blue Jays: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (0-1, 6.23 ERA) will face New York RHP Marcus Stroman (1-0, 0.00) in the first game of a three-game series against the Yankees on Friday.

Astros: RHP Hunter Brown (0-0, 0.00) will face Texas RHP Cody Bradford (1-0, 3.60) in the first of four games against the Rangers on Friday night.

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