Kyle Tucker put on a single that ended the game in the ninth inning, and Jose Altowe and rookie Jeremy Peña got into a solo homers when the Astros defeated the Tigers.
HUSTON – Kyle Tucker made a single that ended the game in the ninth inning, Jose Altowe and rookie Jeremy Peña hit solo homers, and the Houston Astros defeated the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Thursday night.
Jordan Alvarez singled out Gregory Soto (1-2) without an exit in ninth place, and was replaced by pinch runner McCormick. Julia Guriel was walking before Tucker put the ball in the center field to score McCormick and give Houston their fourth straight win.
Tucker’s kick helped Astros bounce back after closer Ryan Presley made a save at the top of the half in his return from the injured list.
Astros led 2-0 with two outs in the ninth when Presley (1-1) allowed a single shot by Miguel Cabrera. Two shots by Jaimer Candelaria in the second deck in the right field equalized the score 2.
Houston starter Jose Urquidi has conceded six hits for six zero innings. Hector Neris dropped one shot in the seventh and Rafael Montera scored one in the eighth without points before Presley stumbled.
Altowe sent first in the game Tariq Skubal to the left center to his third Homer this season. Altowe was on the schedule the day after he scored the ball in the groin area.
Peña increased his lead to 2-0 when he joined his sixth Homer on a bloody ball without an exit in the fifth. Peña, who replaced star Carlos Correa in the short stop this season, has started this season well. His six homers lead all MLB beginners.
Scoobel gave up six strokes and two runs with nine knocks out of the season in six innings.
Cabrera had three singles to bypass Al Kalina and rank 31st in the number of hits in MLB history – 3008.
Astros: Presley dropped out on April 14 due to inflammation of the right knee. LHP Parker Mushinski has been selected to Triple-A Sugar Land to make room for Presley on the list.
Luis Garcia of Houston (1-1, 4.15 ERA) faces Bo Briske (0-1, 3.60) as the series continues on Friday night.