May 24, 2015
Astros 10, Tigers 8
W – Thatcher (1-1)
L – Wilson (1-1)
S – Gregerson (12)
Coming from behind to win is a big deal. While they accomplished the first part of that on Thursday (and ultimately lost in extra innings), they closed the deal on Sunday, roaring back from a 7-3 deficit to win 10-8, split the series in Detroit, and improve their division lead to 6.5 games.
Houston jumped out to a quick lead with three runs in the opening frame, highlighted by a two-run triple by Evan Gattis. However, the Tiger bats gave Roberto Hernandez fits in the bottom of the 1st, scoring five runs on four hits and three walks. It also didn’t help that Hernandez forgot to cover first on a grounder to Chris Carter, the second such brain fart in as many days. This was followed by a three-run double by Brian Holaday.
The Tigers added a run in each of the 4th and 5th innings while Anibal Sanchez was mowing down Astro hitters left and right (he would end the day with 11 K’s). Everything fell apart for him in the 6th though, starting with an Evan Gattis solo bomb and a two-out, three-run, pinch hit blast by Preston Tucker to tie the game. Tucker has been providing huge hits since his call-up earlier this month and has almost certainly solidified his place on the club.
Jason Castro provided a two-run knock in the 7th to take the lead, and Marwin Gonzalez provided an insurance run with an RBI single in the 8th. Luke Gregerson gave up the requisite solo home run to Miguel Cabrera in the 9th but otherwise closed out the game for his 12th save.
Gattis was a double short of the cycle, and his 3×4 game finally nudged him above the Mendoza line. Valbuena’s 0x5 game caused him to trade spots with Gattis, though.
The Astros are off to Baltimore for a three-game series against the Orioles. The Memorial Day matchup features Dallas Keuchel (6-0, 1.67) and Wei-Yin Chen (1-3, 2.90) at 12:35pm CDT.