Canadian Brett Lawrie hit his first home run of the season and Toronto starter Brandon Morrow struck out nine over six innings as the Blue Jays defeated the Houston Astros 7-3 on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.
Lawrie belted a two-run shot off reliever Josh Zeid in the seventh inning as Toronto (5-4) earned its first series victory of the young season. Morrow (1-1) allowed five hits and three earned runs as the Blue Jays moved above the .500 mark.
Melky Cabrera, Maicer Izturis and Dioner Navarro had two hits apiece as Toronto outhit the Astros 10-6.
Morrow struck out the side in the first inning and his teammates gave him an early lead with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame.
Izturis got things started with a one-out single off Lucas Harrell (0-2) and he came around to score on a double by Jose Bautista. Cleanup hitter Edwin Encarnacion grounded out but Adam Lind followed with a single to centre that brought Bautista home.
Morrow retired the Astros in order the first time through the lineup. The hard-throwing right-hander had six strikeouts and three ground-ball outs over his first nine batters.