"Yeah, they're good," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "We've seen them five times now, they can do that. They're missing three of their top dogs, too. Great hitting park and we didn't pitch particularly well."
In the sixth inning, the Blue Jays bounced back, to an extent.
Two at-bats later, Toronto's No. 9 hitter, Ryan Goins, cranked a three-run home run to shrink the Astros' lead to 12-7. The Blue Jays scored seven runs in their first six innings. Usually, that's enough, Gibbons said.
"I'm trying to be as consistent as possible, now that I'm getting a little more playing time," Goins said. "Trying to have good at-bats and get good pitches to hit.
"We ended up scoring some runs, too. Usually you feel pretty good when you do that. But they just kept adding on, adding on. It didn't matter what we did. They can do that. They're a great hitting team."
Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston. He covered the Blue Jays on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.