oke v Southampton - Saturday, 3pm)As the Premier League has intensified since the turn of the year, there has been plenty of foc

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TORONTO -- After being hit hard in the first inning, Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez settled in and silenced the Astros.Russell Martin hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the sixth, Sanchez pitched seven innings to get his first win in three starts and Toronto beat the Astros 4-2 Saturday, stopping Houstons winning streak at four.Josh Donaldson also homered for the Blue Jays, who have won seven of their last nine meetings with the Astros.Houstons Jose Altuve had two hits, a double and a triple, giving him 997 for his career.Sanchez (12-2) gave up two runs and three hits in a shaky first inning, then shut Houston down over the next six frames for his first win since July 25 against San Diego. He allowed two runs and five hits.It seemed like they were just going to jump on the heater early in counts, Martin said. We kind of had to mix it up a little bit, throw some more breaking balls and some off-speed. He did that. Once he shows he has the ability to do that, it kind of takes away some of the aggressiveness.Sanchez lowered his ERA to 2.84, second in the American League to Kansas Citys Danny Duffy (2.82).He probably had the best curveball Ive seen him have consistently, manager John Gibbons said. He turned it into a great outing.Jason Grilli pitched the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his 26th save.Carlos Correa hit a two-run double in the first as the Astros had three straight opposite-field hits.They slapped three balls to right field in a hurry, Sanchez said. I just knew something had to change there.Donaldson cut the deficit in half with a solo homer off Collin McHugh in the bottom of the first, his 28th.Houston missed a chance to add to its lead in the second, when A.J. Reed led off with a double. Third base umpire Jeff Nelson ruled that Tony Kemps one-out liner had landed fair, but Toronto challenged and the call was overturned after video review. Kemp grounded out and George Springer struck out to end the threat.Replay helps us more than it hurts us, but thats where I wish they would have taken away replay for a day, manager A.J. Hinch said.McHugh left after back-to-back singles by Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders in the fifth. James Hoyt came on in relief and got Troy Tulowitzki to ground out before Martin homered, his ninth.The game turned on a dime with one swing, Hinch said. (Hoyt) made one bad pitch and it cost us three runs.McHugh (7-10) lost his fourth straight start, with two of those losses coming against the Blue Jays. He allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.Theres really no give in that lineup, McHugh said.JUNIOR SAVEROsuna matched Terry Forsters MLB record by recording his 46th career save before his 22nd birthday. Im looking for more, said Osuna, whose 22nd birthday is not until February. Osuna has converted 13 consecutive opportunities.BRUSH WITH THE LAWWhile chasing Donaldsons foul popup in the third, Houston 1B Reed crashed into a police officer sitting by the stands, knocking her to the ground. Neither Reed nor the officer was injured, and both laughed off the incident.ROAD WARRIORAltuve has reached safely in 43 straight road games, tying Jeff Bagwell for the second-longest streak in team history. Bagwell also holds the record for the longest streak, reaching safely in 51 straight road games in 1999.TRAINERS ROOMAstros: Altuve started at DH with Marwin Gonzalez at 2B.UP NEXTAstros: RHP Mike Fiers (8-5, 4.46) has struck out 18 batters while walking four over his past three starts.Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (8-5, 4.76) took the loss in an Aug. 1 start at Houston despite allowing one run in seven innings. Hes winless in three outings. 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LOUIS -- Roman Polak was celebrating even before Alexander Steen scored the winning goal in Saturdays 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.There is a split of fixtures this weekend as the Premier League continues in tandem with the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. In the top flight, Manchester City will look to reignite their title challenge at Norwich, live on Sky Sports 1HD on Saturday afternoon, with the Canaries in need of a win to boost their survival hopes.Tottenhams bid to put pressure on leaders Leicester continues at Aston Villa while Bournemouth and Swansea meet as they look for points that will keep them up. Harry Kane will be looking to find the net against Aston Villa on Sunday Stoke also entertain Southampton in a clash of European hopefuls at the Britannia Stadium, while Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are all in action in the FA Cup.Here is what to look out for over the weekend, starting with the Premier League before moving on to the FA Cup… Ed Chamberlin is joined by Paul Merson to discuss this weekends Premier League fixtures Can Norwich keep a clean sheet and end their winless run? (Norwich v Manchester City - Saturday, 12.45pm, Sky Sports 1 HD)Citys last visit to Carrow Road on FA Cup business two months ago was a clear turning point in Norwichs season as they thrashed the home team 3-0.Since then, Alex Neils side have failed to win in each of their nine games and all 10 fixtures have seen them fail to keep a clean sheet. Manchester City have an excellent record against sides in the bottom half of the Premier League table, including Norwich Having been as high as eighth in the first few weeks of the season, they have slipped further down the standings the longer their winless run has gone on.While City must win to keep their title hopes alive, Norwich desperately need a victory too as their hopes of survival begin to look bleak.The last time Neils men won they also managed to keep a clean sheet as they defeated Southampton 1-0. How home fans would welcome both this weekend. Would a win ensure survival for either Bournemouth or Swansea? (Bournemouth v Swansea - Saturday, 3pm)Results in recent weeks have seen a gap open between the Premier Leagues bottom four teams and the sides directly above them.Bournemouth and Swansea are two of the clubs who have shown improvement since the turn of the year, each taking 14 points from their last eight fixtures. Both Swansea and Bournemouth are nearing Premier League safety It may be both are already far enough ahead of 18th-placed Norwich - Bournemouth are 11 points clear and Swansea have a nine-point gap - to avoid a relegation scrap.A win for either side would certainly enhance their hopes of staying up and while not mathematically safe yet, it could prove to be enough in the long run.Can Stoke or Southampton make a late push for fifth? (Stoke v Southampton - Saturday, 3pm)As the Premier League has intensified since the turn of the year, there has been plenty of focus on who will secure Champions League football.The race to the Europa League is arguably just as engrossing and several teams will still consider themselves to be in contention for fifth place. Southampton will need Sadio Mane to get back among the goals Southampton and Stoke may well be outsiders given they occupy eighth and ninth respectively at present but both are within sight.A win for either could be the catalyst for a late surge into European contention.Will Tottenhams Europa-to-Premier curse derail their title challenge? (Aston Villa v Tottenham - Sunday, 4pm)Tottenham return to Premier League action on Sunday at Aston Villa, three days after a heavy Europa League defeat to Borussia Dortmund, and a return to winning ways would put pressure on leaders Leicester.Whether they get it is another matter - even with Villas four-matchh losing run in mind - and more pertinent for Spurs fans is their own teams indifferent form after European games.ddddddddddddTottenham have notoriously struggled with the Thursday-Sunday schedule in recent seasons, although Mauricio Pochettino did make seven changes in Germany to keep things fresh. Tottenham will look to avoid a Europa League hangover when they travel to Aston Villa This term they have been inconsistent - winning just three of their eight fixtures immediately after European ties - and their heavy run of games could take a toll once again.Meanwhile, the last eight of the FA Cup throws up four intriguing fixtures as seven Premier League teams and Championship side Reading all turn out knowing they could be just 90 minutes from Wembley… Ed and Merse discuss this weekends FA Cup quarter-final fixtures How do Chelsea react after their Champions League exit? (Everton v Chelsea - Saturday, 5.30pm)Knowing they will be without Champions League football for the first time in 13 years is a situation Chelsea are still getting used to.If they think thats bad, their fans will travel to Goodison Park with the odd prospect of their team having nothing significant to play for in the last two months of the season if they lose to Everton. Will Chelsea bounce back from their defeat by Paris Saint-Germain? Guus Hiddink has admitted Chelsea are in transition and with the club heavily tipped to appoint Antonio Conte as their new manager, it appears there is a new man to impress.An FA Cup win this season would clearly help but as is the case for Everton, Chelseas season will effectively be over with a defeat in this fixture after Wednesdays loss to PSG.Will Arsenal continue to stutter in their FA Cup defence? (Arsenal v Watford - Sunday, 1.30pm)Arsenal are bidding to become the first team in 130 years to win three consecutive FA Cups but you wouldnt know it with a look at how their defence of the trophy has gone so far.After coming from behind to beat Sunderland, they were then pushed all the way by Burnley and went to a replay against Hull before winning 4-0 on Tuesday night. Arsenals title challenge takes a back seat when they face Watford in the FA Cup In Watford, they face a team that has adapted well to life in the Premier League and they should be the Gunners toughest opponents yet in the competition.Watford have been workmanlike in a trio of 1-0 wins over Newcastle, Nottingham Forest and Leeds in the previous rounds.Combine that with Arsenals growing injury list and they should provide a difficult afternoon for the holders on Sunday.Can West Ham keep up their good record against big-name sides? (Manchester United v West Ham - Sunday, 4pm)West Ham supporters have good reason to believe they will see European football at the Olympic Stadium next season, particularly with their results against the countrys biggest sides in mind.Under Slaven Bilic, they have made a habit of pulling off their best results when they are seen as underdogs and that will give them hope going to Old Trafford. The two sides played out a draw at Old Trafford earlier this season In 11 games against Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham they have lost only once to the latter - and pulled off seven wins.Progression here would keep hopes of a Europa League spot next term alive, with the possibility of going one better and claiming Champions League football through the league still strong. Also See: Europes future stadiums Citys woes against the best Where would Zlatan fit in? 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