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Blue Jays' win over Astros a welcome change after recent struggles

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TORONTO – Days like this have been pretty rare for the 2019 Toronto Blue Jays.

Their starter contained one of baseball’s best lineups into the sixth inning, two of their young hitters homered and the bullpen did just enough to hold on. For a team that had lost eight of its previous 10 games, the resulting 6-4 win over the Houston Astros was a welcome change.

Without Clay Buchholz, it wouldn’t have been possible. Pitching for the second time since returning from the injured list, the 35-year-old allowed just two runs over 5.2 innings.

Though his fastball averaged just 91 m.p.h. and he generated only five swinging strikes on the afternoon, Buchholz appeared to keep the Astros off-balance with his five-pitch mix. Plus, his defence helped him........

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