Detroit, MI (WKZO) – Through four innings on Tuesday night, Astros starter Lucas Harrell seemed like a completely different pitcher than the one who gave up eight runs in less than five innings to the Tigers on May 4th. Harrell had kept the Tigers off the scoreboard and had given up only one hit. But then the Tigers bats woke up in the fifth as they scored five runs off Harrell over the next two innings en route to a 6-2 victory over the Astros to improve their record to a perfect 6-0 against Houston this season.
Andy Dirks followed his three hit performance on Monday with the go ahead RBI ground rule double in the fifth to give the Tigers a 3-2 advantage, scoring Ramon Santiago who hit an RBI double to tie the game at two.
Doug Fister picked up his fifth win of the season, tossing seven impressive innings while only allowing two earned runs, striking out seven and walking none. Fister gave up both runs in the second inning but then retired 17 of the last 19 batters he faced.
Harrell (3-4) went five innings plus and was credited with all five runs allowed. He struck out one, walked three and gave up seven hits.
*Omar Infante scored the Tigers first run from second on a two out single from Don Kelly. Infante singled before Kelly’s at bat, then stole second to put himself into scoring position. Kelly later scored the Tigers second run. Infante had two hits to improve his batting average at Comerica Park to .414.
*The Tigers added on two more runs in the sixth inning after Miguel Cabrera doubled to open the inning and after a Prince Fielder walk, Victor Martinez doubled home Cabrera. Fielder then scored on a wild pitch from Travis Blackley increasing the Tigers lead to 5-2.
*Miguel Cabrera hit an absolute bomb into the Comerica Park seats in left field for this eighth home run of the year. The solo shot lifted padded the Tigers lead to 6-2.
*Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde set the Astros down in order in the eighth and ninth innings respectively. Each recorded two strikeouts.
*With one down in the bottom of the first, Torii Hunter reached base on an infield single but Miguel Cabrera grounded into a double play to end the inning.
*The Astros took an early 2-0 lead after Fister gave up two runs in the second. Houston started the inning with two singles from Chris Carter and Carlos Pena and then J.D. Martinez hit a double scoring Carter. Jimmy Paredes hit a sac fly to Don Kelly in center scoring Pena for the Astros second run. Fister threw 33 pitches in the second.
*After Miguel Cabrera walked with one down in the bottom of the fourth, Prince Fielder grounded into a double play.
Game Notes: The Tigers have outscored the Astros 50-12 in six games this year…On the season, Fister has more hits batsmen (10) than walks issued (8)…Ramon Santiago made the start at shortstop in-place of Jhonny Peralta who was given the night off…Avisail Garcia made his 2013 Tigers debut pinching hitting for Don Kelly in the sixth. He went 0 for 2 with a groundout and a strikeout...Tigers and Astros wrap up their three game series on Wednesday afternoon at 1:08pm. Max Scherzer looks to improve his record to 6-0 against Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel recorded his only loss of the season against the Tigers on May 2nd when he gave up four runs in 4.1 relief innings.