Astros waste chances in 5-2 loss to Blue Jays

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 8, 2014 at 10:59 pm •  Published: April 8, 2014

TORONTO (AP) — Fourteen times on Tuesday night, a Houston batter came to the plate with a runner in scoring position.

None of those chances produced the hit that could have made a difference to the struggling Astros.

Melky Cabrera homered for the fourth straight game, Jose Bautista also went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Houston 5-2 on Tuesday night, handing the Astros their fifth loss in six games.

"We had our opportunities," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "We had men on base, we had men on third base with less than two outs and when you get into those situations, you've got to capitalize."

L.J. Hoes, who came up empty in his two chances to drive home a run, tried to play down Houston's struggles in key situations.

"We know that it's a work in progress and there's a lot of baseball left," Hoes said.

The Astros finished 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position in Monday's 9-1 home loss to the Angels.

Cabrera hit a two-run shot off reliever Kevin Chapman in the seventh, connecting on an 0-2 pitch.

"I think Chapman will let you know that he probably should have made a better pitch than that," Porter said.

Toronto left-hander Mark Buehrle (2-0) allowed one run and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings, walked one and struck out three.

Buehrle improved to 4-0 in four career starts against Houston, but acknowledged that the damage could have been much worse.

"I'm fortunate to get away with giving up one run," Buehrle said. "That could have been a game where I give up eight to 10 runs."

Sergio Santos struck out the side in the ninth for his third save in three chances.

Brett Oberholtzer (0-2) gave up three runs and three hits in 5 1-3 innings for Houston. He walked three and struck out three.

"I felt like he did a good job keeping us in the ballgame," Porter said.

Bautista opened the scoring Tuesday with a two-out solo homer in the first, his fourth of the season and just his sixth hit overall.

Houston tied it in the second on Matt Dominguez's sacrifice fly.

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