Houston lost the first but won the second
Astros' winning streak ends in doubleheader split with Tigers
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.
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.
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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