Houston, TX (WKZO) – The Tigers scored four runs in the 14th inning as they outlasted the Houston Astros 7-3 on Thursday night.
Don Kelly singled home Austin Jackson with the bases loaded in the 14th for the game winning run before Detroit added three more.
Rick Porcello made the start for Detroit but didn’t factor into the decision after throwing his second consecutive quality start since giving up nine runs in less than an inning on April 20th against the Angels, finishing with seven innings pitched, seven strikeouts, and no walks while giving up just three runs, all earned and all coming via the long ball.
Jason Castro and former Tiger Carlos Pena each went deep off Porcello. Castro’s two run blast put the Astros up 2-0 in the first inning. Pena’s solo shot in the fourth regained the lead Astros at 3-2.
Still trailing 3-2 in the eighth, Prince Fielder was hit by a pitch, and scored from first after Victor Martinez’s single was kicked by Astros’ outfielder Rick Ankiel allowing Fielder to cross home on the error.
Making his first start of the year for Houston, Jordan Lyles tossed five solid innings, allow just two runs, striking out six and only walking one.
Luke Putkonen pitched the final 2 1/3 innings for Detroit in getting his first career win. Putkonen was recalled from Toledo on Thursday after Bruce Rondon was sent down to Toledo.
*The Tigers scored two runs in the fourth to tying the game. With one down Omar Infante doubled off the left field wall and advanced to third when Austin Jackson followed with a single. Torii Hunter singled next, scoring Infante and moving Jackson to second. Miguel Cabrera singled after Hunter, scoring Jackson for his 30th RBI of the year.
*Alex Avila threw out Robbie Grossman trying to steal second for the first out of the sixth inning.
*Jose Ortega struck out three in two innings of work after replacing Porcello to start the eighth.
*Joaquin Benoit pitched the 10th and 11th without allowing a run and struck out three.
*With runners on first and second with two down in the third, Victor Martinez was unable to get a run in as he struck out ending the inning.
*Torii Hunter walked to open the eighth, but Miguel Cabrera grounded into a double play
*Astros’ reliever Jose Veras struck out all four Tigers he faced, including striking out the side in the top of the ninth.
Game Notes: This was the first matchup between the Tigers and Astros since Houston moved from the National League to the American League…Tigers pitchers have recorded 10 or more strikeouts for a seventh straight game, increasing their AL record…It is very likely that with two off days next week Rick Porcello next start will get skipped…Friday nights starters: Detroit- Doug Fister (4-0, 2.38) vs. Houston- Bud Norris (3-3, 4.20)