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MLB: Davis Schneider pitches an improbable hit for the Jays in the ninth against the Astros

MLB: Davis Schneider pitches an improbable hit for the Jays in the ninth against the Astros

Houston, TX. – The Toronto Blue Jays, who had fallen victim to a no-hit game the day before, waited until the end to turn things around and defeat the Houston Astros 2 to 1 in stunning fashion on Tuesday night.

After eight innings, the Jays appeared in real danger of being left off the scoresheet for the second straight game.

However, Astros reliever Josh Hader made a critical error after getting the first of two outs in the ninth inning, the result of a double play ball hit by Bo Bichette.

It was outfielder Davis Schneider who played the hero, feeding a drive from Hader (0-1) into the midfield stands to give the visitors an unexpected lead.

Not bad for a career debut against an excellent left fielder.

“I'm surprised he didn't throw me a fastball,” Schneider said. They're a bit like my kryptonite. »

“It was a good hit on a pitch that he could negotiate,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said.

This marks the first buyout for Hader, who Houston signed to a five-year deal totaling $95 million at the end of January.

Daulton Varsho preceded Schneider at the plate, and the latter was sent to first base after Justin Turner drew a walk.

After being denied by shortstop specialist Jordan Romano, the Jays handed the ball to Chad Green (1-0) in the bottom of the ninth, and the 32-year-old veteran fulfilled his mandate despite having a runner at first base.

After losing their first four games of the season, the Astros now have a 1-5 record, while the Jays are back to the .500 mark (3-3).

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Rookie Jose Berrios allowed just one earned run in six innings on the mound, and Schneider's brilliance ultimately saved him from suffering the first defeat on his record.

However, his counterpart, Framber Valdez, fared even better: he worked seven and two-thirds innings, allowing no runs for Toronto on six hits and no walks.

The Astros' Jose Altuve had two hits, including a homer in the fourth.

George Springer reached the milestone of 10 years of service in the majors on Tuesday.

The Jays briefly highlighted him before the game, and the Astros presented a video tribute to him, before the first snap of the game.

Springer was a first-round pick by Houston in 2011, and played the first seven seasons of his career with the Astros.

In the final game of the series on Wednesday, the starting pitchers will be Chris Bassett and Cristian Javier.