HOUSTON (WKZO) -- Detroit got a difficult loss to the Astros on Sunday, the last game of their road trip, but it wasn't for lack of trying.
After remaining scoreless til the 3rd inning, the Tigers began retaliating against Houston's 3-run lead with a double from Torii Hunter. The Astros racked up another run thanks to an RBI from L.J. Hoes immediately, but it wasn't til the 5th that Detroit's Alex Avila homered for the team's second run.
It was Nick Castellanos who finally made a dent in Houston's lead in the 8th, with a two-run triple that allowed Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez to score. That brought the lead to one run, but a strikeout for Ian Kinsler (and a couple fly outs an inning later) by Astros relief pitcher Tony Sipp ended any chance they had of turning the game around.
Tiger Drew Smyly saw a career shortest start with a scant 2 and 1/3 innings, the first of which had Houston trample him with three runs. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve also stole two bases during Smyly's start, making him the first player since 1917 to steal multiple bases in four games straight.
Smyly was relieved by Chad Smith, who managed to hold Houston scoreless for a couple innings before Patrick McCoy, and later Blaine Hardy, stepped in.
Detroit heads home for a series hosting the Oakland A's, who currently lead the AL West division. Broadcast time for game one is 6:40 PM tomorrow night on 590 WKZO.