When Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and the rest of the organization entrusted Brett Oberholtzer with a spot in the rotation in April, his current rate of production is what they were banking on.
Oberholtzer enters Saturday night's game with the Blue Jays on a roll of late, as his last seven Major League outings have all been quality starts. Since May 24, Oberholtzer owns a 3.15 ERA in seven starts.
"What we're seeing right now is the Obie I expected at the beginning of the year," Luhnow said.
Following a four-run, six inning performance on May 6, that raised his ERA to a season-high 5.68, Oberholtzer was demoted. He returned on May 24 and since has given up more than three runs just once in seven starts since being recalled.
Oberholtzer won his third game of the season last Monday against the Athletics -- scattering eight hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings for his first victory since May 30.
The Blue Jays were Oberholtzer's second opponent this season on April 8. Toronto won, 5-2, and handed Oberholtzer his second loss of the year. The left-hander allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
R.A. Dickey start on Saturday for the Blue Jays, who saw their six-game win streak snapped with Friday's 3-1 loss. Dickey comes off arguably his strongest start of the season last Monday, when the knuckleballer struck out a season-high 10, and surrendered just one run in seven innings against the Red Sox for his ninth win.
Toronto provided plenty of run support in the 14-1 victory.
"Almost wish we only scored two runs because I felt like I had that kind of knuckleball tonight, and save this outing for when I gave up five. But I'll take it, it was fun to watch," Dickey said after the game.
The Astros and Dickey matched up on April 10 with Dickey taking the loss, allowing five runs, including two homers, in seven innings.
Astros: Petit belts decisive blast
Gregorio Petit's first Major League home run, and first extra-base hit, with the Astros came at the most opportune time.
Petit launched a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth to a break a 1-1 in Friday night's win over the Blue Jays. The shortstop took Aaron Loup's first offering out of Minute Maid Park to start the inning.
Petit's previous extra-base hit came in 2009, when he was a member of the Athletics. It took him four years to return to the Majors after that season.
Blue Jays: Valencia contributing
Recent acquisition Danny Valencia made his mark on Friday in his second straight start.
Valencia collected one of the Blue Jays' six hits, including their only extra-base hit with a double in the second inning. On Thursday, Valencia finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in his first start with his new team.
Valencia was acquired in a trade with Kansas City last Monday.
Jake Marisnick, one of the prospects acquired in a trade with the Marlins on Thursday, made his debut with the Astros on Friday night, going 0-for-3.
All six of the Blue Jays' wins during their recent streak were on the road.
Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.