Houston lost the first but won the second

Astros' winning streak ends in doubleheader split with Tigers

Carlos Correa's go-ahead homer helped lift the Astros to win the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

After rain postponed Friday's matchup, and Houston's chance to extend their winning streak against the Tigers, they suited up for two seven-inning games on Saturday to catch up. They would lose the first to end their winning streak but started a new one by taking the second game to split the two games.

Game 1

Final Score (7 innings): Tigers 3, Astros 1

Astros' Record: 47-29, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Casey Mize (5-4)

Losing Pitcher: Framber Valdez (4-1)

Valdez pitches all six innings but is handed his first loss of the year

After a quick ten-pitch 1-2-3 first for Framber Valdez, the Tigers would get to him in the second, turning a leadoff single into a run after a one-out single and sac fly, putting Detroit ahead 1-0. He rebounded with a scoreless third and fourth, but a leadoff single would once again bite him in the bottom of the fifth as a two-run homer would put him into a 3-1 hole.

He remained on the mound in the bottom of the sixth, during which he erased another single to keep it a two-run game. However, Houston would not bail him out in the top of the seventh, meaning Valdez would get the loss, his first of the season, despite a complete-game (6 innings) quality start: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 86 P.

Houston's winning streak ends at eleven

Houston's offense, which had been scorching hot as of late, was held to just one run in the first game, which came on a two-out RBI single by Carlos Correa in the top of the third, at the time tying the game. All six of their hits were singles on the day, getting no extra-base hits in the loss that snapped their eleven-game winning streak.

Game 2

Final Score: Astros 3, Tigers 2

Astros' Record: 48-29, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (5-1)

Losing Pitcher: Michael Fulmer (4-4)

McCullers Jr. pitches into the sixth

Lance McCullers Jr. had a rough first inning in game two, giving up a single and a walk with one out before an RBI single would put the Tigers in front 1-0. After that 26-pitch frame, though, he was able to settle in and retire 11 in a row to keep it a one-run game while Houston's offense continued to try and re-spark their bats.

Detroit put up another one-run inning against him in the bottom of the fifth, getting a one-out single, which would later score on a two-out RBI single to double their lead to 2-0. He finished the fifth and returned in the sixth, but after a one-out double, he would see his day end. His final line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 89 P.

Astros get the comeback win to split the doubleheader

As their outs started to run out, Jose Altuve led the top of the sixth off with a double to bring the tying run to the plate. After two outs, Yordan Alvarez would make the most of it, getting a two-run game-tying homer. Carlos Correa fed off the energy, blasting a go-ahead solo homer in the next at-bat, giving the Astros their first lead of the game 3-2.

After McCullers Jr. left with one out in the bottom of the sixth, Houston turned to Ryne Stanek, who could strand an inherited runner on second to send the one-run game to the seventh. Then, with it still 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Ryan Pressly came in to try and close things out and did so to notch another save on the year, and giving Houston the split in the doubleheader with a chance to win the series on Sunday.

Up Next: The fourth and final game of this series will be a 12:10 PM Central first pitch on Sunday. Jake Odorizzi (2-3, 4.75 ERA) will be on the mound for Houston, opposite Tarik Skubal (4-7, 4.33 ERA) for Detroit.

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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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