HOUSTON (AP) -- Nolan Reimold found out he was starting right before batting practice Thursday night. He made the most of the chance to play.
Reimold hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the ninth, and the streaking Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros.
Reimold was claimed off waivers on July 6 after he was designated for assignment by Baltimore. It was just his fifth start with Toronto.
Manager John Gibbons said the Blue Jays got Reimold and Danny Valencia for a reason. Valencia, who was acquired in a trade with Kansas City on Monday, had two hits.
Reimold's first homer came in the fifth and cut Houston's lead to 4-3. His second homer of the season was off Chad Qualls (1-3) and sent Toronto to its ninth win in 10 games.
It was Reimold's second career multihomer game and first since May 26, 2011.
Reimold has been hampered by an assortment of injuries the last two years. He said Thursday night helped show he might be back.
Jose Bautista and Dioner Navarro also had solo homers for Toronto. Bautista connected for his 21st homer in the first, and Navarro tied it at four with his eighth in the sixth.
Aaron Sanchez (2-0) threw two scoreless innings for the win, and Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his 18th save.
Jon Singleton homered for Houston, and Robbie Grossman had two hits.
The Astros scored three times in the third to open a 4-2 lead. Grossman and Patrick Henry product Marc Krauss each hit an RBI single off Drew Hutchison, and Jason Castro had an RBI double.
Hutchison was charged with four runs and six hits in three innings. He is 2-5 with a 6.64 ERA in his last eight starts.
Astros: Either outfielder George Springer, who has been on the disabled list since July 20, or Dexter Fowler, who has been on the DL since June 27, could go on a rehab assignment during the next road trip, which starts Monday, Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said.
Left-hander J.A. Happ (8-5, 4.58 ERA) starts for Toronto on Friday against his former team. The Astros are sending right-hander Collin McHugh (4-9, 3.45 ERA) to the mound.
Houston acquired outfielder Jake Marisnick, infielder Colin Moran and right-hander Frances Martes as well as a 2015 compensatory draft pick from Miami for right-hander Jarred Cosart, infielder Kike Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates.
Right-hander Brad Peacock, who was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday, will likely take Cosart's place in the Houston rotation, Luhnow said.