The Astros win their seventh game in a row

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 11-4 win

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The Astros started this road trip with a bang in an 8-1 win, their sixth in a row. They went for lucky number 7 tonight. Here's a recap of the win and a three key points

Final Score: Astros 11, Tigers 4

Record: 28-15, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Wade Miley (4-2, 3.51 ERA)

Losing pitcher: Ryan Carpenter (0-2, 13.00 ERA)


1. The Astros Offense Got to Work Early... and Never Stopped

The Astros bats have been in a tear since the Royals series early last week. After putting up eight runs yesterday, the offense got to work early after a three run HR in from Correa to dead centerfield. Brantley scored two and Bregman scored on a throwing error in the second. Aledmys Diaz hit a solo shot on back to back nights in the third. Gurriel scored Correa with a single in the fourth. George Springer hit the first inside the park HR of his career in the fifth. Diaz scored Brantley with an RBI single in the sixth. It was not until the seventh that the offense failed to score a run. Diaz, again, got himself an RBI with a sacrifice fly to score Tony Kemp. The Tigers did not get a 1-2-3 inning until the ninth.


2. George Springer: The Living Highlight Reel

Whether it's with the bat or on the field, Springer is finding himself in the daily highlight reels. Last night, he made two defensive plays. Tonight, an inside the park home run, the first for the Astros since Lance Berkman in 2002. He is making an impact every game, one way or another.


3. McHugh Tries to Find his Role in the Bullpen

Collin McHugh lost his position in the rotation late last week. He made his first appearance out of the pen on Sunday. McHugh got two quick outs in the seventh before striking out Brandon Dixon to end the inning. McHugh was nasty retiring Castellanos, Hicks and Rodriguez via the strike out in the eight to end his outing with four strike outs in a row. It was a positive outing for a guy who needed one.


Up Next: Another 6:10 PM start time tomorrow night for the third game of the series . Justin Verlander (6-1, 2.51 ERA) returns to his old stomping grounds for the series finale. The Tigers have not announced who will start tomorrow's game.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

Astros take another from the Tigers

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 2 hits from the 6-3 win

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After holding on to win the series opener by one run in a game expected to be more lopsided, the Astros were back on the field Tuesday night to try and keep their newly-created winning streak going. Here is a recap of the second game of this four-game series:

Final Score: Astros 6, Tigers 3.

Record: 81-46, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Brad Peacock (7-6, 4.05 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Spencer Turnbull (3-12, 4.05 ERA).

1) Both teams trade early blows

The Tigers were able to strike first, getting a leadoff home run to start the game against Aaron Sanchez and take an immediate 1-0 lead. Sanchez was able to get through the rest of the inning; then his offense backed him up with five runs over the next two.

George Springer hit a leadoff home run of his own, getting a solo dinger in the bottom of the first before Jose Altuve made it back-to-back jacks in the next at-bat to take a 2-1 lead. Then, in the bottom of the second, Houston tacked on three more runs after Altuve hit a perfectly placed dribbler down the third-base line for an RBI-single then Michael Brantley hit a two-RBI single, extending the lead to 5-1.

Detroit didn't go away, though, putting it to Sanchez in the top of the third by loading the bases with no outs before Sanchez would walk a run home. He would get one more out before A.J. Hinch popped out of the dugout to end his night early and bring in Brad Peacock, making his first appearance since returning from the injured list. Peacock seceded one run on a groundout then got a strikeout to end the inning with Houston still in front 5-3.

2) Astros extend their lead and cruise to third straight win

Collin McHugh was next out of Houston's bullpen to throw in the top of the fifth and worked around a leadoff single to Miguel Cabrera to retire the next three batters. In the bottom of the inning, Martin Maldonado extended Houston's lead to 6-3 with a one-out solo home run.

McHugh returned for the top of the sixth and was able to record another scoreless frame to strand two runners after a couple of singles in the inning. Joe Smith was the next reliever for Houston and put together a quick inning of his own to maintain the three-run lead.
Ryan Pressly took over in the top of the eighth and was able to strand a one-out single by getting back-to-back strikeouts to end the top of the inning. That provided Roberto Osuna with another save opportunity, and he would earn it to close out Houston's third-straight win.

Up Next: This series will continue with game three of four on Wednesday night scheduled for another 7:10 PM start. Justin Verlander (15-4, 2.81 ERA) will be on the mound for Houston against his former team, going up against Daniel Norris (3-10, 4.82 ERA) for Detroit.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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