Wells, Overbay, Rios go deep in loss
Righty Thomson allows one run on three hits in three innings
ASTROS 9, BLUE JAYS 7
at Dunedin, Fla.
Friday, March 9
Astros at the plate: Richard Hidalgo hit a two-run double, and Eric Munson and Hunter Pence each chipped in RBI singles during a five-run sixth inning for Houston. Thomas Manzella put the Astros ahead, 7-6, with a run-scoring double in the eighth.
Blue Jays at the plate: Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay and Alex Rios each belted home runs against Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez. Rios' solo blast in the fourth inning bounced off the scoreboard in left-center field, and Overbay capped off the four-run frame with a three-run shot to right.
Astros on the mound: Rodriguez gave up two runs -- both on Wells' second homer of the spring -- on three hits in three innings. The left-hander struck out three, walked two and threw 64 pitches, including 37 for strikes. Righty Juan Gutierrez allowed four runs on four hits in the fourth.
Blue Jays on the mound: Right-hander John Thomson yielded one run on three hits in three innings. He threw 48 pitches -- 28 for strikes -- and added one strikeout and a walk. Righty Beau Kemp pitched in the sixth, when he gave up five runs on three hits and walked three in one-third of an inning. Victor Zambrano turned in two scoreless frames for the Jays.
Grapefruit League records: Astros 5-4; Blue Jays 4-4-1.
Up next: Toronto right-hander Josh Towers is scheduled to make his second start of the spring on Saturday, when the Blue Jays take on the Braves at 1:05 p.m. ET at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Houston righty Fernando Nieve is slated to start for the Astros in a home tilt against the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.