Josh Johnson lit up once again as Jays fall to pitiful Astros

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Josh Johnson kicks dirt on the mound after giving up a home run...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Josh Johnson kicks dirt on the mound after giving up a home run to Houston Astros Justin Maxwell rounding the bases behind him in the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto July 27, 2013. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:39 PM ET

TORONTO - Following his previous start against the Los Angeles Dodgers where he lasted two-plus innings, Toronto Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson was his own harshest critic.

“I was pitiful, I didn’t even battle them,” Johnson said of his effort July 22, when he allowed five runs on seven hits. “Everything was right in the middle of the plate. Yeah, it’s a pretty poor performance.”

Saturday, against the Houston Astros, the weakest team in the big leagues by a wide margin, Johnson’s first inning was even worse.

Four batters into the game – a total of 15 pitches – Johnson had retired none and was trailing 4-0 thanks to three consecutive singles and a three-run home run by Astros designated hitter Chris Carter.


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