Houston manager Bo Porter said early in the season that he thought giving catcher Jason Castro days at designated hitter would keep him fresh late and help the team.
It looks like the first-year manager was right.
Castro homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Houston Astros to an 8-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night.
Castro hit a two-run homer in the third inning to push the lead to 5-0, and added a solo shot in the seventh to make it 8-4.
''The rest that we've been able to give him I think is paying big dividends this time of year,'' Porter said. ''Had he not had the amount of time off he's been afforded this year, I think you'll start to see the wear and tear a little bit. But I think he's going to take strong throughout the course of the year because we've done a tremendous job of monitoring his workload.''
Brandon Barnes gave Houston an early lead with a two-run double in the second inning.
Brad Peacock (3-4) allowed six hits and four runs in 5 2...