HOUSTON (AP) — The first time Houston faced Blue Jays starter Todd Redmond this season he struck out 10 Astros and allowed just one run in six innings.
Given another chance at Redmond on Friday night, things were much different.
Rookie Robbie Grossman homered and drove in a career-high four runs and Matt Dominguez had a solo shot and the Astros used a big fourth inning and cruised to a 12-4 win over Toronto.
Houston led by one before adding five runs in the fourth inning behind a two RBI triple by Jonathan Villar and a run-scoring triple by Jason Castro to make it 8-2.
Dominguez homered in the second inning to make it 2-1 and Grossman added a two-run shot in the seventh to push the lead to 12-2.
Redmond (1-2) allowed eight hits and seven runs — both career highs — in 3 1-3 innings, which was the shortest start of his career.
"After we see a guy one time and whether they had success against us or not, (the hitting coaches) do a great job of preparing these guys the next time we're able to see that particular pitcher," Houston manager Bo Porter said.
"Today is another prime example of guys just managing the at-bats well, really being patient getting something that they can handle, something they can drive, and that's why you saw all the extra-base hits."
Toronto manager John Gibbons was disappointed by Redmond's struggles.
"He's been pitching very good," Gibbons said. "Just tonight, he didn't have it. You could see those replays on the board after he gave up those hits, and the ball is just leaking back over the zone. Like I said, he has been very good, so that is kind of unusual for him."
Jordan Lyles (6-6) allowed 10 hits and four runs in 7 1-3 innings for the win.
Houston got contributions throughout its lineup with nine players collecting hits and six driving in runs. The Astros tied a franchise record with three triples, which were part of their seven extra-base hits.
"That was some pretty productive at-bats by pretty much all the guys," Porter said. "We made the starter really work and got his pitch count up and when he came in the zone put really good swings on him."
J.P. Arencibia, Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie all homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost six straight and eight of their past 11 games.
Grossman, who has a career-long 10-game hitting streak, hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and added an RBI single in the fifth.
"I just think it's about confidence and I'm just enjoying myself and playing hard," he said.
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