HOUSTON - It was a triumph of sorts for J.A. Happ.
The former member of the Houston Astros was back on a familiar mound Friday night and the Minute Maid Park bump proved to be a sweet spot for the lanky left-hander. It just wasn’t a victorious return.
Happ was about as good as he could get but with little in the way of offensive support the best he could do was receive a no-decision in a game the Astros went on to win 3-1.
Happ’s continued success in a starting role, however, bodes well for the Jays in the long run and their post-season pursuit.
Over seven strong innings, Happ allowed just three hits and the one run while walking two and striking out six.
Once Happ left the game things turned sour quickly as the usually dependable Aaron Loup didn’t have the good stuff and light-hitting Gregorio Petit, the No. 9 hitter in the order, slammed his first pitch into the seats in left. It was Petit’s first big-league home run.