TORONTO—Colby Rasmus drove in Emilio Bonifacio with a game-winning single in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 2-1 on Sunday.
Rajai Davis stole a career-high four bases as the Blue Jays won for the third time in four games against Houston, owners of the worst record in the majors.
Bonifacio doubled to begin the ninth against Jose Cisnero (2-2), and Wesley Wright came on to strike out pinch-hitter Adam Lind, who was batting in place of the ejected Jose Bautista.
Edwin Encarnacion was intentionally walked to bring up Rasmus, who bounced a single over the mound and up the middle as Bonifacio scored standing up.
Casey Janssen (3-0) worked one scoreless inning for the Blue Jays, who rebounded against Houston after being swept in consecutive series against Tampa Bay and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Blue Jays rookie right-hander Todd Redmond struck out a career-high 10 in six innings, the longest of his five career starts. He allowed one run, three hits and two walks.
Astros right-hander Jarred Cosart gave up one run and four hits in six innings, walked a career-high five and struck out one. Cosart allowed at least one base runner in every inning, but was able to minimize the damage.
Houston’s top pitching prospect, the 23-year-old Cosart took a no-hitter into the seventh of his big league debut at Tampa Bay on July 12, earning the win against reigning AL Cy Young Award winner David Price.
After stranding three runners in the first two innings, Toronto broke through in the third when Jose Reyes drew a leadoff walk, moved to third on a single and a fly ball and scored on Encarnacion’s sacrifice fly.
Houston tied it in the fourth on a one-out solo shot by Brett Wallace, a former Blue Jays minor leaguer. The home run was Wallace’s sixth of the season.
Encarnacion led off the bottom of the sixth with a drive to deep center and went into his home run trot as he rounded first. Outfielder Brandon Barnes threw the ball back after it appeared to bounce off the wall, and no home run was called. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons came out to argue and the umpires huddled before checking the replay, but upheld the original call.
Maicer Izturis drew a one-out walk and Encarnacion went to third on Rajai Davis’ fielder’s choice, but both runners were stranded when Josh Thole grounded out.
Toronto came up empty again in the seventh, leaving the bases loaded and losing designated hitter Bautista after he was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook.
Houston reliever Josh Fields left after Encarnacion was intentionally walked to load the bases and Travis Blackley got Rasmus to pop out.
Davis drew a one-out walk in the eighth and pinch-hitter J.P. Arencibia followed with a drive to center, but Barnes made a leaping catch against the wall.
After Jose Cisnero came on to face Lawrie, Davis stole second and went to third on Carlos Corporan’s second throwing error. Lawrie walked but Reyes flied out to end the inning.
NOTES: Bautista’s ejection was his second of the season. ... There was a video tribute before the fifth to mark the 22nd anniversary of former Montreal Expos pitcher Denis Martinez’s perfect game. Martinez is now Houston’s bullpen coach. ... The family of late Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek received the Ford C. Frick Award in a ceremony Saturday at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field.