Houston has lost three straight

A.J. Hinch's Tigers get best of Greinke, take opener against Astros

Zack Greinke had his worst start of the early season Monday. Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

After dropping the final two games against the A's over the weekend to lose the series and fall to 6-3 on the year, the Astros welcomed in the 3-6 Tigers hoping to get back on track against a beatable team. Detroit's new manager had a warm welcome back in Houston, as A.J. Hinch, former Astros manager, made his first appearance in Minute Maid Park since he handed a one-year suspension from the league in 2020 for Houston's sign-stealing of 2017 and 2018.

Hinch's team would perform as well as the Astros did under his command, dominating Houston en route to a lopsided win to take the series opener and hand the Astros their third-straight loss.

Final Score: Tigers 6, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-4, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Casey Mize (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Zack Greinke (1-1)

Greinke struggles on the mound

Instead of the Astros' potent offense getting the better of a young pitcher in Casey Mize for the Tigers, it was Detroit roughing up Houston's veteran ace, Zack Greinke. They started by battling him for an extended first inning, getting a hit and two walks. They got on the board in the top of the second, sending seven batters to the plate and hitting a two-run homer to go up 2-0.

Before Greinke could try and settle in, the Tigers went back-to-back two-out solo homers in the top of the third, doubling the lead to 4-0. Greinke would get a scoreless fourth but then allowed two more runs on his way out in the top of the fifth, ending his shortest and the most disappointing start of the young season. His final line: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 90 P.

Mize and Detroit's bullpen handle the Astros

Meanwhile, Mize was making relatively easy work of Houston's bats. The Astros had a runner in scoring position three times over the first four innings but could not get a run across to shift momentum and throw him off his game. After Mize would finish seven shutout frames, Michael Brantley would get the goose egg off the board with a solo home run off of Detroit's bullpen.

After Greinke, Luis Garcia, who recently moved to the bullpen after filling in as the temporary fifth starter in the rotation, took over to eat up innings in the lopsided game. He would have an impressive outing, albeit to no avail, finishing the remaining four and one-third innings for his team without allowing any runs. Carlos Correa would attempt to start a magical rally with a leadoff solo homer in the bottom of the ninth, but no more runs would come as Houston would be unable to undo the damage done by Detroit earlier in the night.

Up Next: This series will roll on Tuesday night with another 7:10 PM first pitch. Jake Odorizzi, a late off-season acquisition for the Astros, will make his first start for his new team after working his way back to starting form. Detroit will send Matthew Boyd (1-1, 2.13 ERA) to the mound.

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Houston's offense had another strong day at the plate in Seattle against the Mariners on Wednesday. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

After striking a deal with the Mariners before Tuesday's game, along with a reported deal with the Marlins on Wednesday before the finale, the Astros continued to try and bolster their bullpen with fresh arms while also focusing on this series against Seattle. Having won the night prior to even it up, it came down to the rubber game on Wednesday afternoon to decide the series.

Final Score: Astros 11, Mariners 4

Astros' Record: 63-40, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (4-5)

Losing Pitcher: Yusei Kikuchi (6-6)

Astros continue to score runs in Seattle

Just like in the earlier games in this series, the Astros had no problems offensively. They strung together four consecutive one-run innings, starting in the top of the second when they loaded the bases, then got an RBI groundout by Myles Straw to go up 1-0. In the top of the third, Yuli Gurriel drove one in on a two-out RBI double, bringing in Jose Altuve, who led the inning off with a double of his own. Chas McCormick led off with a single in the fourth, then later scored on an RBI single by Aledmys Diaz.

The fourth run in as many innings came in the top of the fifth, as Gurriel would notch his second RBI with a solo homer to start that inning, pushing the lead to 4-0. They didn't stop there, and neither did Gurriel, as he would get RBI number three on the day as part of a four-run top of the sixth, with RBI hits him, Altuve, Diaz, and Carlos Correa, doubling the lead to 8-0.

Odorizzi gets to the sixth before allowing two homers

The run support gave Jake Odorizzi plenty of leeway, which he didn't need until the bottom of the sixth. He held Seattle scoreless over the first five frames, allowing just four baserunners on a hit by pitch, a walk, and two singles, all peppered over that span and erased in each inning. Kyle Seager would get the Mariners on the board in the bottom of the sixth, blasting a one-out solo homer to cut the lead to seven runs at 8-1. After a single in the next at-bat, recently traded Abraham Toro made it four games in a row with a homer, this one a two-run shot to cut the lead to 8-3 and end Odorizzi's day. His final line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 95 P.

Houston wins the series

Houston brought in Brooks Raley to finish the sixth, issuing two walks but stranding them to keep it a five-run lead. Myles Straw helped push that back to six in the top of the seventh, reaching on a single to start the innings, then stealing both second and third to get in position for Diaz's third RBI of the day, a groundout to make it 9-3. Cristian Javier was the next reliever out for the Astros, but he would not make it through the bottom of the seventh, allowing a single and three walks, the third with the bases loaded to bring in a run.

Bryan Abreu was brought in to get out of the jam, getting a strikeout to end the seventh. Then, in the top of the eighth, Kyle Tucker would put two more runs on the board with a two-run homer making the lead seven runs at 11-4. Abreu remained in for the bottom of the eighth, erasing two one-out singles to get through the frame. Brandon Bielak took over in the bottom of the ninth to close things out, posting a 1-2-3 inning to wrap up the win and give Houston the series victory.

Up Next: Houston will travel down the coast to San Fransisco before getting a day off on Thursday. They'll pick up an exciting three-game series with the Giants on Friday, with the opener slated to start at 8:45 PM Central. Framber Valdez (6-2, 2.97 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, while San Fransisco's starter is TBD.

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