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Offense explodes for 14 runs, Tigers take down the Astros 14-6

The Detroit Tigers returned home from a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park to do battle with the Houston Astros. Matt Boyd toed the slab for the Tigers as he looked to assist in getting Detroit off to a good start in the first game of a three-game series. Boyd lasted five innings, but the offense really backed him up with some run support, en route to a game one victory for the Tigers.

1st-3rd Innings: Boyd started the game off great by striking out George Springer, but then got into some trouble. After surrendering a double to Marwin Gonzalez, Jose Altuve hit a two-run opposite field home run to give the Astros an early two run lead over the Tigers. Ian Kinsler and Cameron Maybin both got on base in Detroit’s half of the first inning. Miguel Cabrera knocked Kinsler in with a sacrifice fly to pull within a run of tying Houston. Nick Castellanos brought home Maybin with a base hit to center field to tie the ballgame at two runs a piece.

Boyd retired the Astros in order in the second. With one out in the bottom of the second inning, the Tigers got two runners on base when Maybin slapped a base hit just inside fair territory down the first base line to bring home both runners with a double. Cabrera knocked home Maybin to extend the Tigers’ lead to three runs. Castellanos beat out a throw at first base that scored Cabrera. The night would come to an end for Astros starter, Collin McHugh after just an inning and 1/3 of work after Justin Upton singled to give the Tigers, 10 hits in the game. Tyler Collins welcomed the new Houston pitcher to the game by crushing a three-run home run to right field to extend Detroit’s lead to seven runs. Eight total runs were charged to McHugh.

Houston got a solo home run from Jake Marisnick to lead-off the top of the third inning, then a base hit after that, but no further damage. Carlos Correa made a bid to launch a two-run home run to dead center field, but Maybin was there to make the catch right in front of the 420′ marker in center. The Tigers went down in order in the bottom of the third. Detroit leads 9-3.

4th-6th Innings: Boyd retired the Astros in order to begin the fourth inning. Victor Martinez was the lone base runner for the Tigers in their half of the fourth, he didn’t make it past first base.

After a lead-off walk to begin the fifth inning, Boyd to work for it, but he retired the next three Houston batter, two of them via strikeout. Collins led off the bottom half of the fifth inning for Detroit with a triple in the right center field gap. Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove a pitch to dead center field, but Marisnick made a great play and didn’t give up on the ball and tracked it down to make the catch. Collins scored on sacrifice fly.

Alex Wilson replaced Boyd on the mound to begin the sixth inning for the Tigers. Boyd went five innings, scattered four hits, gave up three earned runs and struck out six batter in his effort. Wilson had a scoreless sixth inning in relief. Maybin led off the bottom half of the sixth with a base hit to right field. Cabrera then followed the a shot to center field that looked to be on its way into the shrubbery, but Marisnick made another great catch in center to deny the ‘Big Fella’ of a two-run home run. Upton then got a hold of a pitch that made its way just inside of the foul pole and just over the wall in left field to extend to Tigers lead to 10 runs. Detroit leads 13-3.

7th-9th Innings: Mark Lowe replaced Wilson on the mound after one out in the seventh inning. Lowe retired the two batters he would face in the seventh. Detroit went in order in their half of the seventh inning.

Dustin Molleken replaced Lowe at the game at the 8 and 2/3 inning mark. Molleken gave up a base hit to Correa that scored a run, then a two-run single to Colby Rasmus. Two runs were charged to Lowe. James McCann smashed a solo home run to left field with two out in the bottom of the eighth. Molleken finished the game out in the ninth inning without any damage being done. Detroit wins 14-6.

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Up next: 

Game two of the three-game series is tomorrow night as Justin Verlander will be on the hill for the Tigers. Hopefully ‘Must see JV’ will be front and center when Detroit and Houston lock up in tomorrow night’s contest.

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