Valbuena's lone bright spot came in the fourth inning when he ripped a Yoervis Medina pitch over the left center field wall for a solo shot, his sixth of the season. Valbuena is now hitting .218 with 10 RBI in 87 at-bats.
The homer was Donaldson's sixth of the year and came on Carlos Carrasco's second pitch of the game. It doesn't seem to matter where manager John Gibbons puts Donaldson in the lineup these days, as he is hitting .282 with three home runs and six RBI over his last 10 games.
There is no word yet on how long Moran will be sidelined, but he was placed on the disabled list, according to the Houston Chronicle. The 2013 first-round pick is batting .268 with no home runs, nine doubles and 17 RBI in 20 games.
Russell Martin moved into the cleanup spot, which is usually where Encarnacion bats. He was followed by Kevin Pillar, Michael Saunders, Dalton Pompey, Ryan Goins (who started for Travis) and Jonathan Diaz.
Gallo has a .346 on-base percentage, .520 slugging percentage, .866 OPS, one triple, three doubles, four RBI, two runs, one walk, 10 strikeouts and one stolen base.
He is considered a top-10 prospect by Baseball America (No. 6) and MLB.com (No. 9).
Sano, who sat out last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, is batting just .159 with 22 strikeouts in 18 games. Before Thursday's game against Jacksonville, he spent extra time with Lookouts hitting coach Chad Allen working on his approach.
"Early in the year, he's really tried to do too much," Allen said, per MLB.com. "He's got a lot of strength and everybody that faces him knows he's a strong man and can hit the ball a long way. At the same time, he himself is trying to do too much.
"We hit early today and just really tried to slow him down and let the ball come to him. Let him understand he doesn't have to exert himself just to hit the ball hard."
Allen was encouraged with Sano's approach Thursday, especially when he hit his home run.
"Tonight was a great judgment on what he was thinking, that he wasn't trying to do too much," Allen said. "He took an 80-percent swing with two strikes on a fastball in and hit a home run. It's just a matter of him relaxing, calming down a bit and letting the game come to him."
Sano is considered a top-20 prospect by MLB.com (No. 11) and Baseball America (No. 13).
Seager is back in the starting lineup in time to face Astros starting pitcher Scott Feldman. He is batting .444 (4 for 9) with one double and four walks in his career against Feldman.
Seager entered the game in the eighth inning and played in the field for the final two innings of the game at third base. His lone at-bat came in the ninth.
“It’s just the kind of annoying little thing that happens over the course of the year,” Seager said, via The News Tribune. “Stuff like this happens all of the time. You just play through it and not make an issue about it.”
Seager is now hitting .267/.325/.413 for the season.
Romine recorded one RBI in the solid offensive day. Only the second time he's started this season, Romine made his at-bats count as he has all season long. He's now recorded six hits in nine at-bats, giving him a .667/.750/.667 slash line.
Romine also stole a base, his third of the season. However, he was also caught stealing twice.