And yet, despite his strong seven innings that improved his record to 12-2, Sanchez needed a big blast from Russell Martin to avoid losing his second straight decision. Harris retired the next three batters to pick up his 12th save of the season.Blue Jays left-hander Francisco Liriano (6-12) allowed eight hits, two walks and five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his second Blue Jays' start after being acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.Hernandez, who walked in his first major league plate appearance in the third inning, hit a 3-2 slider to left for a home run with two out in the sixth inning to give the Astros a 5-2 lead.After the home run by Hernandez, Liriano hit Jason Castro with a pitch and was replaced by Ryan Tepera, who allowed a walk before ending the inning.Tepera left with one out in the eighth after giving up infield hits to Evan Gattis and Hernandez.
Sanchez then got Kemp to ground out and George Springer swung through strike three to end it. Donaldson responded for the Blue Jays in the bottom half of the first, taking McHugh's 2-2 fastball over the wall for his 28th home run of the season cutting Houston's lead to 2-1.
Carlos Correa hit a two-run double in the first as the Astros had three straight opposite-field hits.
Donaldson got one run back in the bottom of the inning with a mammoth homer to left field off Houston starter Collin McHugh.
"Incredible day, a day that I'm never going to forget", Hernandez said.
Hernandez found out Thursday that he was being selected from Triple-A, and was too excited to sleep before catching a 4:00 A.M. flight from Fresno.
Houston regained control of the lead for good in the fifth, hitting Liriano hard en route to two more runs.
It was the 300th home run of Encarnacion's career and 32nd this season.
"I was behind in the count a lot so that didn't help", Liriano said through a translator.
Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (8-5, 4.76) took the loss in an August 1 start at Houston despite allowing one run in seven innings.
"He was tough the other night in Houston", Gibbons said.
A six-foot-five righty picked 46th overall, Musgrove was dealt to Houston in 2012 in a 10-player transaction which saw J.A. Happ end up in Toronto for the first time. Gurriel defected in February after competing in the Caribbean World Series in the Dominican Republic. "(Hoyt) made one bad pitch and it cost us three runs". He gave up a solo homer to Michael Saunders. The others are Baltimore, Colorado, Detroit and Seattle. He is expected back by mid-September. He is day-to-day. OF Preston Tucker (right shoulder) was placed on the 15-day DL.
Coincidence? Nonetheless, here is a list of those Blue Jays who have been hot since the All-Star break, along with those who haven't. McHugh matched a season-worst by giving up 10 hits in an August 8 start at Minnesota. Manager John Gibbons confirmed Friday Sanchez will be skipped in the rotation over the next few weeks in an effort to limit his innings.