Jays turns the tables in finale with Astros


Trent Thornton was looking forward to Sunday’s game against the Astros since he was traded to Toronto in the off-season.

He delivered arguably his best start of the season.

Thornton shut down his former team into the seventh inning, Teoscar Hernandez hit two of Toronto’s season-high five home runs and the Blue Jays hammered the Houston Astros 12-0.

“I knew I was going to be pretty amped up for this game, but I just kind of wanted to slow things down and execute each pitch,” Thornton said. “For the most part, I was able to do that. And the bats just exploded, so it was a great team win.”

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Thornton (2-5) scattered six singles, struck out seven and walked three in 6 2/3 innings. He has given up no more than three runs in six of his last seven starts.

“He just keeps getting better the more he pitches,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoya said. “For a rookie to be that good, he’s already got the record for strikeouts for a rookie for the Blue Jays. That’s impressive. He’s done a good job. He’s getting better every time he takes the mound.”

Thornton was drafted by the Astros in 2015. The 25-year-old righty was dealt to Toronto for Aledmys Diaz.

“I wanted to see when we were going to play against Houston because I played with a lot of those guys, came up in the system with a lot of those guys and close with a lot of those guys,” Thornton said. “It was just going to be a fun game to pitch with a little chip on my shoulder.”

Freddy Galvis and Hernandez each hit three-run homers in a seven-run sixth inning. Hernandez added a solo drive in the ninth off Tyler White, who started the game at first base.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. launched a long, 452-foot two-run homer and had an RBI single and sacrifice fly. Rowdy Tellez also homered.

Heading home happy

The 12 runs matched a season high set Thursday at the Orioles.

“It was a good road trip for us,” Montoya said. “Swinging the bats of course, we faced a couple of tough pitchers for Houston but other than that, 3-2 road trip, we swing the bats better. It was great to see.”

Brad Peacock (6-4) went five innings and allowed four runs for the second straight start.

“He had a tough time getting into the game and then the one slider to Gurriel that ended his outing,” Houston manager AJ Hinch said. “All in all, I think he was doing fine to control the game with what he could. A couple homers and a couple mistakes — not a horrible game for him — but not a day that feels good for anybody.

Peacock said he was struggling to locate the four-seam fastball.

“It wasn’t very good,” Peacock said of his outing. “There was one pitch I’d like to have back to Gurriel. Out of the hand, I kind of knew something bad was going to happen. It didn’t feel good. I’m in a little funk right now, but I’ll find a way to get out of it.”

Blue Jays infielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr. returned to the lineup as the designated hitter. He finished 1 for 5. Guerrero missed Saturday’s game after getting hit by a pitch on his hand on Friday.

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