No new player walked into the Blue Jays clubhouse to be greeted with handshakes and smiles.

On trade deadline day the Blue Jays did nadda, zippo, nothing.

Later in the day, the Jays showed a measure of energy in their back-and-forth affair against the Houston Astros.

Leading the list was DH Nolan Reimold, who socked two solo home runs including the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth. Both homers were line drives to left.

Oddly enough, Reimold was only in the lineup as a replacement for Colby Rasmus, who was scratched after showing up late. Rasmus would enter the game in the eighth inning, however, as a defensive replacement.

The second homer by Reimold was enough to supply the Jays with a 6-5 victory and extend their win streak to six games.

Afterwards, manager John Gibbons didn’t want to get into a discussion regarding Rasmus, instead claiming it was a stroke of managerial genius to make that last-minute change.

Rasmus was more straightforward and admitted his crime.

“I was late getting here to the field, wasn’t here when I was supposed to be here,” Rasmus said. “They punished me as they should have.

“No excuse, just got caught up eating lunch with the family and got caught in a little traffic and didn’t make it on time. It is what it is.”

The Rasmus distraction aside, Jose Bautista, who had two RBIs, and Dioner Navarro would also hit solo shots for the Jays.

Drew Hutchison started for the Jays but lasted all of three innings. The win went to Aaron Sanchez, who worked a clean seventh and eighth.

Earlier in the day, in his post-deadline chat with reporters, general manager Alex Anthopoulos sounded no different than in other years — that he tried hard, that there was no fit, that money wasn’t an issue, that it didn’t make sense to plug a hole here and create another one there. Yadda, yadda, yadda.