Houston is up to eleven in a row

Astros extend winning streak again with opener win over Tigers

Houston's offense cannot be held down in June, putting together another run-heavy night against Detroit on Thursday. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Entering with a ten-game win streak, including three-game domination of the Orioles, the Astros tried to continue their hot streak against the Tigers in the opener of a four-game series. They would have the same success against Detroit, putting up a lopsided offensive win to extend their winning streak another game and stay on top of the division.

Final Score: Astros 12, Tigers 3

Astros' Record: 47-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Luis Garcia (6-4)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urena (2-8)

The runs keep coming for Houston

Houston had no trouble continuing to score runs at a torrid pace, getting two runs each in the second, third, and fourth. Martin Maldonado kicked things off with a two-RBI single in the top of the second; then, in the third, the Astros had runners on first and third for Yordan Alvarez, who notched an RBI groundout. They loaded the bases later that frame, resulting in a hit by pitch to Abraham Toro to make it 4-0.

After Detroit managed a run against Luis Garcia in the bottom of the third to make it 4-1, Houston pushed the lead back to five runs with RBI hits by Yuli Gurriel and Carlos Correa. Correa drove in another two in the top of the fifth, getting a two-RBI single with two outs to make it 8-1.

Garcia holds Detroit to two runs over six

The two-out RBI double Garcia allowed in the bottom of the third was his only run allowed through the first five innings. A leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth would later come in for Detroit's second run on a two-out RBI double before Garcia would get the last out to end his night: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 96 P.

Astros extend winning streak to eleven

Blake Taylor was first out of Houston's bullpen in the bottom of the seventh and erased a leadoff single for a scoreless inning. Ryne Stanek was next, and he held the six-run lead with a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth. The Astros didn't let up in the top of the ninth, loading the bases and bringing Yordan Alvarez to the plate for his twelfth homer of the season, a grand slam to extend the lead to double digits at 12-2. Ralph Garza Jr. wrapped it up in the bottom of the ninth, despite allowing a run, finishing off Houston's eleventh-straight win and keeping them in front of the A's on top of the AL West.

Up Next: Game two of this four-game set will be another 6:10 PM Central start on Friday. Framber Valdez (4-0, 1.67 ERA) will try to stay perfect on the year for Houston, while Wily Peralta (0-1, 7.11 ERA) will try to pick up his first win in his second start for Detroit.

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We'll see if Watson is in pads on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the Houston Texans.

The Houston Texans had their last practice before pads come on for the first time on Tuesday. There was plenty to see on Monday.

1. Deshaun Watson had his usual extremely light level of work. He did very little throwing to teammates, though he did throw to the tight ends in 1-on-1 drills.

2. Texans head coach David Culley said "nothing has changed" when asked if Deshaun Watson will be in pads Tuesday. Culley has maintained that answer for a couple of sessions now.

3. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was back after missing Saturday with an excused personal day. Taylor has been the best quarterback in camp by a wide margin. Taylor makes better decisions with the football than other quarterbacks, but he does struggle on deeper passes. Taylor missed wildly on one deep ball and was a little wobbly on another.

4. Nobody in camp can cover wide receiver Brandin Cooks. This could be the easiest training camp of his life. He easily gets open in 1-on-1 situations.

5. Rookie wide receiver Nico Collins continues to flash his abilities in camp. Collins easily shook loose from defensive back John Reid and took the route vertical for an easy score. Collins later had a tough catch in traffic.

6. It's only been a few days, but the competition for inside wide receiver reps is tough. Former Bears wideout Anthony Miller has looked quick and nothing like the "draft bust" the Bears fans watched. Keke Coutee has rarely lost a rep, but Desmond King did win a few times over Coutee in the opening days of camp. Former Bengals wideout Alex Erickson finds himself constantly open. The cuts at wide receiver are already shaking out to be difficult.

7. Davis Mills bounced back in a sense that he couldn't be worse than he was on Saturday. The performance from Mills on Saturday was abysmal, but head coach David Culley said he liked how Mills responded today. With Tyrod Taylor back, there were fewer reps for Mills, but he had some impressive throws to go along with an off-target throw or two. Mills was far better than Jeff Driskel on Monday. Driskel tossed two interceptions right to defenders, including one that would've gone the wrong way for a score.

8. This linebacker group is interesting. With a new defensive scheme under Lovie Smith, the type of linebacker is very different from previous years. There was a clear emphasis on cover ability as these linebackers were added to the team.

9. Kamu Grugier-Hill and Kevin Pierre-Louis have both had some significant wins for the linebackers in coverage.

10. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan looks the part physically, but he's had a rough few days, including a drop on Monday.

11. With the pads coming on Tuesday, it will be fun to watch the rebuilt defensive line clash with the many combinations of the offensive line. There will be no J.J. Watt who historically stirred up the team on day one of pads. Laremy Tunsil's cool confidence about the offensive line over the weekend leads me to believe they are a confident group, while there are spots to be won on the defensive side of the line.

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