The Detroit Tigers are one of the hottest teams in baseball. With their win last night against the Astros, the Tigers are 20-10 (includes today's game), and, at the time, won eight in a row. This gave them the best winning percentage in all of baseball and the most wins in the American League. The Astros are still in rebuild mode. They have not strung together that many wins as they sit at 11-24 (includes today's game).
Miguel Cabrera got the scoring started early for the Tigers, hitting a two-run shot off Astros' starter Brad Peacock. He eventually settled down and got into a pitcher's duel with Tigers' starter Rick Porcello. They both tossed quality starts. Dexter Fowler helped Peacock's cause in the top of the third, singling in Mawin Gonzalez, who leadoff the inning with a double. Gonzalez finished the night with two hits and a walk, brining his average to a very good .324. Peacock and Porcello continued to battle until the bottom of the sixth. Victor Martinez took Peacock deep to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead. Marwin Gonzalez singled in the final run of the game in the top of the seventh.
Center fielder Don Kelly led the Tigers with two hits. Gonzalez lead the Astros with his two knocks. Brad Peacock went six and two-thirds strong, allowing three runs on four hits, striking out and walking four. Rick Porcello also went six and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking just two. Joe Nathan closed out the win for the Tigers with a shutdown ninth inning.
Tigers 3, Astros 2