All good things must come to an end, and even the Houston Astros can win a Major League game every once in a while. Dallas Keuchel made the Tigers look ordinary in a 6-2 victory that halted Detroit’s eight game win streak.
Keuchel, Drew Smyly’s college roommate, got piles of ground balls against the Tigers, giving up just two runs – an RBI double to Nick Castellanos (that never would’ve happened had Houston turned a double play earlier in the inning) and another home run to Victor Martinez, who continues to hit everything in sight. Otherwise, the Tigers got little going, with their biggest threat coming with two on in the 8th in a 4-2 game. Pinch-hitter Torii Hunter struck out and Miguel Cabrera grounded out, though, and that was about that.
Drew Smyly was excellent for four innings but the fifth proved his undoing. George Springer hit a one-out opposite field homer, the first of his career. A walk to Carlos Corporan was a huge factor, and after L.J. Hoes singled, Jose Altuve doubled both in on the ninth pitch of the at bat. The Astros had their first lead of the series, and they weren’t going to give it back.
The Astros padded their lead with some impressive homers. Corporan struck again with a deep one into right, and Matt Dominguez hit a very impressive one deep into the seats in left beyond the bullpen. The Tigers had no answer.
Detroit will look to start a new win streak tomorrow when the Twins arrive for their first visit of the season.