Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Dallas Keuchel pitched 7 2/3 strong frames while rookie George Springer smacked his first Major League homer as the Houston Astros defeated the Detroit Tigers, 6-2, Thursday at Comerica Park.
Keuchel (3-2) turned in his sixth consecutive quality start, allowing two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and 13 ground-ball outs to help the Astros (11-24) snap a five-game slide.
Jose Altuve and Matt Dominguez added two RBIs apiece for the Astros, who ended Detroit’s eight-game winning streak.
Drew Smyly (2-2), Keuchel’s former University of Arkansas roommate, absorbed the loss after giving up three runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 5 1/3 frames for the Tigers (20-10).
Keuchel allowed a run in the second when Austin Jackson beat out a potential inning-ending double-play ball before Nick Castellanos hit an RBI double.
Victor Martinez put the Tigers ahead, 2-0, with a solo homer, which came on an 0-2 pitch from Keuchel, like the homer he hit the previous night.
Springer then put the Astros on the board in the fifth with his first career homer, which came in his 78th career at-bat and extended his hitting streak to eight games.
Later in the fifth, Carlos Corporan walked and L.J. Hoes singled with two outs to set the table for Altuve, who shot a double down the left-field line to put the Astros ahead, 3-2.
Corporan hit a solo homer to right field in the seventh to give Houston a 4-2 lead, and Matt Dominguez all but put it away with his fifth homer, a two-run drive in the ninth.