The Blue Jays' road woes continued Friday, when they took their sixth-straight loss of a 10-game road trip, dropping a 12-4 decision to the Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Toronto was hurt severely by the extra-base hit in the series opener, allowing three triples, four doubles, and a pair of home runs. Chien-Ming Wang will make a spot start Saturday -- his first outing back from Triple-A since July 2 -- trying to limit the damage and give the bullpen a break.
"I think we're just going to need one start," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "That's the way it turned out with the doubleheader [Tuesday] and then an off-day [Thursday]. He has been up here, he's a seasoned vet, he had some good starts for us, and he was doing fine down there. Everything kind of fell in line."
Wang was 1-1 with a 7.13 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 24 innings in five starts with the Blue Jays this season.
The Astros, who have the youngest team in the Majors, have been using a six-man rotation for most of the second half and will turn to Brad Peacock in the second game of their three-game set.
"I think, more importantly, it gives us an opportunity to have one of those [starters] down in the bullpen on their bullpen day, and it also give us an opportunity, if you run into a tough start, you have a guy you can push up because he's going to get extra rest," Astros manager Bo Porter said of the extra arm in the rotation.
Peacock, 25, has a 1.86 ERA over his last three starts since a promotion from Triple-A, striking out 20 in 19 1/3 innings. Last time out, he tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Angels, holding them to four hits and two walks, while striking out five.
"I had everything," Peacock said. "It was the best I felt since I've been up here. Glad to have a good one. My curveball was working good, slider was great. Changeup could be a little better, but I had some good ones in there and got some ground balls in there."
Blue Jays: Goins makes big league debut
Infielder Ryan Going made his Major League debut Friday night, going 2-for-4 just a three-hour drive from his hometown of Round Rock, Texas. He had more than 20 family members in attendance.
"I'm excited to get it going," Goins said prior to his debut. "I'm excited to get that first at-bat, that first ground ball, first game out of the way. It's going to be a fun time."
The 25-year-old received the promotion Thursday morning, replacing Maicer Izturis, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle.
Goins, who hit .257 in 111 games with Triple-A Buffalo, is known more for his work with the glove than at the plate, and will likely serve as the club's utility infielder.
"He's champing at the bit," manager John Gibbons said. "[Munenori] Kawasaki is going to get most of the playing time, but Goins you can bounce around at short and third if you needed to. That's where he's best suited with us."
Astros: Clark gets first taste of the Majors
It's been 11 years since Cody Clark started playing professional baseball, and he finally got his first taste of the big leagues.
"It's a dream come true, really," said Clark, who pinch-hit in the eighth and struck out. "Eleven years in the Minor Leagues, and to get the call [Thursday] and be told I was going up, there was a lot of emotion and just calling my wife and parents. It just meant so much for me to be able to tell them."
The 31-year-old got the call after the Astros placed a pair of catchers on the seven-day concussion DL.
Though the circumstances are less than ideal, Clark is happy to have made it to the Major Leagues.
"Everyone keeps tell me to soak it all in," Clark said. "I want to play ball, and it didn't matter to me if it was in the big leagues or not. I just want to play. If I'm playing, I want to be at the highest level I can be at, and this is a dream come true."
• The Astros are 2-3 against Toronto this season, and the Blue Jays are 1-7 on their road trip.
Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.