Saturdays was only the second time that Astros manager A.J. Hinch has been ejected from a game this season. Lucky for him he wouldn't have to see the remaining inning of the Astros' 4-2 loss to the Tigers.
The Astros "lucky" enough to get the return of Miguel Cabrera. Saturday they saw the return of Justin Verlander. Verlander hasn't looked like himself all season, posting ERA just under five during the months of June and July. He had it all last night -- staying around the mid-90's late into the game.
The Astros were unable to solve the veteran right-hander, Houston only managed three hits and two walks through seven innings. Collin McHugh kept stride with Verlander. McHugh allowed just one run through seven inning. He allowed just four hits and struck out seven.
The Tigers' one run off McHugh came in the fifth. With two outs, Anthony Gose worked a walk and stole second. Ian Kinsler flipped a pitch out to Preston Tucker. Who attempted to make a sliding catch, and trapped the ball. It was originally called an out, reviewed and called a hit.
The review part wasn't the point of contention, Gose was awarded home on the play. A.J. Hinch attempted to get a explanation but didn't get anything to his liking. He was ejected for it.
The Astros got the leadoff man on in the eighth, Marwin Gonzalez was lifted for pinch runner Jake Marisnick. Marisnick was promptly picked off first.
Preston Tucker atoned for not catching the ball in the firth, by tieing the game in the ninth with a solo home run. That was the third game-tying home Preston hit against the Tigers.
The Astros weren't able to get a scoring opportunity before the 11th. Unfortunately, the Tigers had already put up three runs in the top half of the inning. Pat Neshek struggled allowing five Tigers to reach without recording an out. The key hit was a Victor Martinez double, scoring the first run of the inning.
Carlos Correa singled, moved to second on fielder's indifference, and scored on Jed Lowrie single. But the one run wasn't enough.
Mike Fiers is on the mound for the Astros for Sunday's rubber game, game time is 1:10 p.m.