Houston splits the series with Detroit

Astros fall to Tigers in extras in series finale

Houston's offense remained cold in Detroit to finish the series on Sunday. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

With their winning streak snapped in the loss in the first half of a doubleheader the day before, the Astros tried to move their new one to two games by taking the finale and, therefore, the series victory with a win Sunday. The Tigers would continue to stifle Houston's offense, though, and would get the walk-off win over Houston in extras.

Final Score (10 innings): Tigers 2, Astros 1

Astros' Record: 48-30, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Gregory Soto (4-1)

Losing Pitcher: Blake Taylor (0-2)

Odorizzi goes five scoreless

There wasn't much going on for either offense as the afternoon rolled on. For Jake Odorizzi, he was able to hold Detroit scoreless over five frames, allowing just a walk in the second, a single in the third, and a single in the fifth, all of which he was able to strand. His final line: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 77 P.

He left in line for the win, despite the Astros only giving him one hit of support. It came in the top of the fourth when Tarik Skubal hit the leadoff batter before issuing two walks to load the bases. Carlos Correa brought in the first run of the day; a sac fly to put Houston in front 1-0.

Detroit ties it as game goes to extras

With Odorizzi making it through five, the Astros turned to long-reliever Cristian Javier to try and eat up some innings. He would work in and out of trouble, starting with two walks in the bottom of the sixth, which he erased, then issuing two more in the bottom of the seventh while getting two outs. That prompted Dusty Baker to move on to Brooks Raley to try and get out of the jam, but Raley instead gave up a game-tying RBI single before ending the frame.

Raley remained on the mound to start the bottom of the eighth but would face one batter, issuing a walk, before Baker moved on to Ryne Stanek. Stanek escaped unscathed, allowing a single to his first batter then retiring the next three in a row to strand both runners. Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Pressly came in and forced extra innings, posting a 1-2-3 inning.

Tigers get the walk-off in extras to split the series

Houston played small ball in the top of the tenth, getting a leadoff walk then a sac bunt by Jason Castro to put runners on second and third with one out, but did nothing with it as the next two batters would foul out and a groundout. Blake Taylor was the next reliever for Houston, coming in with a free runner on second trying to extend things another inning. Detroit would get the walk-off win, getting a groundout to move the runner to third, then an RBI bunt to win the game, with the Tigers and Astros splitting the four-game series.

Up Next: With this seven-game road trip complete, the Astros will continue this long stretch of games with three at home starting Monday at 7:10 PM Central with another series against the Orioles. Zack Greinke (8-2, 3.56 ERA) is slated to go up against Thomas Eshelman (0-1, 7.27 ERA) in the opener of the three-game set.

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11 Texans training camp observations from August 7th

Houston Texans insider dishes on why Derek Stingley Jr was the right pick

The Houston Texans had a “vanilla” day of light work. Here are 11observations from the workout.

1. It was a light day for the Texans. Some would say sluggish, I wouldn’t agree with that. Did it look like a day off was in order? Yes. Did anyone make mental mistakes because of their energy level? Not that I could see. With it being a lighter day, it might be worthwhile to focus on some of the depth on the roster.

2. Isaac Yiadom (pronounced YEAH-dum) has had some moments in training camp. With rookie Derek Stingley having a light day, Yiadom played opposite Steven Nelson. Yiadom has had a few pass breakups and seems to be physical in coverage. He has a little speed to him, or he’s shown the ability to stick with wideouts. He is a top preseason game target to watch.

3. Phillip Dorset had a very nice back-of-the-end zone catch. It might have, likely even, been a sack for the defense in a live rep or team rep, but Davis Mills ripped the ball out as the whistle was starting to sound. Dorset with two feet in the back after juking a defender. He is squarely behind other wideouts having missed time but being a veteran should catch up quickly.

4. Wideout Connor Wedington had a few nice plays on Sunday. He has an uphill battle to make the roster, but Davis Mills’ former teammate might squeeze his way into the conversation. There are opportunities for him with a few other wideouts banged up.

5. Rookie tight end Tegan Quitoriano bodied his way for a touchdown. The rookie hasn’t done much in camp, but his size is clearly an advantage. Game reps and more padded practice will be important for him this preseason.

6. Chris Moore is a veteran taking yet another swing at making this team. If the Texans played tomorrow, I would have him on the roster. Probably even starting at slot wideout. He had a very nice leaping grab today.

7. Versatility for a couple of backup offensive linemen may lead to them making the team. Well, it certainly won’t hurt their case. Justin McCray has played all three interior offensive line spots. The veteran could start if needed, but I have to imagine he is a key backup inside. Scott Quessenberry (yes related to former Texans lineman David and current fullback Paul) played guard on Sunday. He is a factor to be Justin Britt’s backup at center.

8. Charlie Heck was not a pick I was in love with when Bill O’Brien selected him a couple of seasons ago. Heck has grown a lot in his game and physically and is surely the backup tackle for this team. He can play left and right tackle.

9. Tae Davis plays linebacker and wears 19. It is the strangest thing to see a linebacker in that number. It has not been strange to see Davis make a play here or there in practice. The linebacker room is loaded but Davis is making the most of his chances.

10. Ka’imi Fairbairn HAMMERED a ball right down the uprights after Davis Mills had led the team into field goal range on a last-minute drill. Mills easily moved the team down the field without the normal group of linemen or weapons. Good finish to practice.

11. Jonathan Greenard did some pushups after he couldn’t replicate history. Greenard almost had his second interception of Davis Mills, but the ball fell incomplete. Greenard has been a force in training camp.

Bonus Quote of the Day: “I was a fat guy last year” said Pharaoh Brown as he talked about his leaner and quicker frame compared to last year.

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