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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Dr. Rick warns his patients, young homeowners who are turning into their parents, you can expect to pay more for snacks and drinks at a movie theater. It's the same deal at a professional sports venue. Three years ago, I put a down payment on a cheeseburger at Toyota Center ... I still have three more payments to go before I get it.

But this is ridiculous. The PGA Championship, the lesser (least) of golf's majors, is charging $18 for a beer, a 25-ounce Michelob Ultra, at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa. It's $19 for a Stella Artois. You can buy a six-pack for less at the supermarket. Aren't there laws against price gouging, like during a hurricane? Isn't Tulsa where the Golden Hurricanes play? Get FEMA in here. Did tournament directors get together and ponder, how can we piss off our fans? Sure, it's Tulsa and there's not much else to do, but that's no excuse.

Charging $18 for a beer makes the concession stands at Minute Maid Park look like a Sunday morning farmer's market. A 25-ounce domestic beer during an Astros game is $13.49. A 25-ounce premium beer is $14.45. Yeah, that's high for a beer, but at Minute Maid Park there are lots of hands in the till. Aramark wants to make a profit, the taxman has big mitts, and the Astros want their cut, too. Look, you want to sign Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez to an extension or not? Then drink up and don't complain. Some quiet grumbling and head-shaking is permitted, however.

You know the PGA Championship is charging too much for a beer when even the rich pampered players take notice. "18 (!!!!!) for a beer ... uhhh what," former PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas tweeted. "Good thing I don't drink a lot."

Like he will be in line for a beer at a public concession booth, anyway.

Of course there will be fans sneaking in beer in baggies strapped to their ankles, like stuffing your pockets with store-bought Snickers before going to the movies. It doesn't have to be this way. The Masters, the most prestigious golf event, charges only $5 for both domestic and imported beer. I know it's a gimmick, part of The Masters mystique along with pimento sandwiches for $1.50, but still it's a welcome gesture. You never lose when you treat the public fairly. When Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened in Atlanta, Falcons owner Arthur Blank insisted that food vendors charge the same inside the stadium as they do at their regular restaurants. Same thing when Denver International Airport opened, fast food restaurants couldn't jack up their prices to their captive customers. Here? There needs to be a loan window outside the Cinnabon booth at Bush-Intercontinental.

Except for the Masters in Augusta, golf's majors aren't tied to a city. A major comes to a city maybe every few years or in most cases never. There's no need to ride into a city like the James Gang, rob the local bank, and high tail it out of town. Golf should be the last professional sport to stick it to fans. While the game has made strides to open its arms to lower-income youths, golf remains an elitist, extremely expensive sport for regular folk. Equipment is expensive, private courses are exclusive and country clubs are exclusionary. Public courses are less expensive but still expensive and crowded. Plus there's never been a professional sport more dangerously dominated by one person than golf. I can imagine network executives on their knees praying that Tiger Woods makes the cut and plays on weekends. Otherwise, TV ratings go straight into the toilet, you know, like whatever team Mattress Mack is betting on. (I joke because I love, and frankly a little scared.)

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