Osuna earns save against ex-team

The Canadian Press
Melissa Couto

TORONTO–If last night’s game marked the last for Marco Estrada in a Blue Jays’ uniform, he wasn’t pleased with how it ended.
Estrada, who will become a free agent at the end of the season, allowed four runs on seven hits–including two solo homers–as the Jays fell 5-3 to the Houston Astros to open their final home series of the year.
“It’s the worst year I’ve had,” said Estrada, who dropped to 7-14 with the loss.
“These last months, it’s sucked. It’s not the way I wanted to go out,” he stressed.
“I wanted to pitch better for Toronto and unfortunately I didn’t.
“It is what it is,” Estrada added. “All I can say is I was out there every five days and I gave it [my] all.”
Former Toronto closer Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth inning in his return to Rogers Centre, striking out a batter and working around a one-out single to earn his 19th save of the season.
Osuna, who was arrested in May and charged in connection with an alleged domestic incident, was met with a chorus of boos from the 23,463 fans when he was announced into the game–and as he threw each pitch.
The 23-year-old right-hander was suspended without pay for 75 games in June for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy and traded to Houston at the deadline a month later.
Estrada didn’t want to talk about Osuna or his reception after the game.
“No, I don’t know. It is what it is,” Estrada said.
Osuna declined to speak to reporters after the game on advice of his lawyer.
“I think he wanted the ball like he always does,” said Astros’ manager A.J. Hinch. “I’m sure it was emotional for him.
“It was pretty expected.”
Osuna’s court case was scheduled to continue today in Toronto.
Some of Osuna’s former teammates greeted him on the field during batting practice with hugs and handshakes.
Jays’ manager John Gibbons said it was “real weird” to see Osuna in another uniform.
“Kind of mixed emotions but I knew there was a good chance he was probably going to get [the save],” Gibbons added.
“I’ve seen him do it too many times.”
Brian McCann and Josh Reddick homered for the Astros (99-57).
Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, and Yuli Gurriel, in his first pro game against his brother and Toronto shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr., also drove in runs.
The brotherly matchup didn’t last long–Lourdes left the game with left hamstring tightness after grounding into a double play in the first inning.
Dallas Keuchel (12-11) allowed three runs and seven hits while walking three and striking out five over five innings.
Estrada, winless in his last six starts, lasted just 4 2/3 innings and also had a walk and a strikeout.
He received an ovation from the crowd when he was pulled from the game in the fifth with two runners on base.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen next year but I gave [the fans] a quick thank you,” Estrada said.
“They’ve always been behind me, they’re the greatest fans ever,” he noted. “How can I not be thankful?
“Hopefully it’s not my last [start] here but if it is, I’m thankful for everything the fans have given me, for their support,” Estrada added.
“I love it here, I love Toronto and I love the fans.”
Kevin Pillar hit a two-run homer for the Jays (71-86) while Yangervis Solarte drove in a run.