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Astros Hand Blue Jays Second Shutout Loss in Three Games

In a disappointing turn of events for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Houston Astros demonstrated their dominance once again on Wednesday night, securing an 8-0 victory at Minute Maid Park.

Yordan Alvarez emerged as the standout performer of the night, delivering a remarkable display with two home runs and a career-high four hits. His explosive batting performance, coupled with an outstanding pitching effort from Cristian Javier and the Astros’ bullpen, proved too much for the Blue Jays to handle.

Javier, backed by a strong defensive effort, stifled the Blue Jays’ offense, allowing only one hit over five innings. The bullpen, featuring Seth Martinez, Rafael Montero, Tayler Scott, and Dylan Coleman, continued the trend, effectively shutting down any hopes of a late-game comeback from Toronto.

The struggles continued for Blue Jays starter Chris Bassitt, who endured another tough outing, surrendering nine hits and four runs in just 4 1/3 innings. Despite showing promise early in the season, Bassitt has faced challenges in his first few starts with the team.

Toronto’s offense, unable to find its rhythm, relied on Daulton Varsho’s lone double in the second inning as the only hit of the game. Despite drawing seven walks, the Blue Jays failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities, resulting in their second shutout loss in three games against the Astros.

While the Blue Jays grapple with their offensive woes, they face additional setbacks on the injury front. Alek Manoah, recovering from right shoulder soreness, underwent a simulated game, while the Astros’ Justin Verlander is poised to make his return from right shoulder inflammation after a bullpen session before his anticipated rehabilitation starts.

Looking ahead, the Blue Jays aim to bounce back as they prepare to square off against the New York Yankees in a three-game series. Yusei Kikuchi is slated to take the mound for Toronto, facing off against Marcus Stroman of the Yankees in what promises to be a crucial matchup for the Blue Jays’ quest for redemption.

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