The Houston Astros once again scored all of their runs in the first inning. Unlike the night before, the Tigers were able to rally enough runs for the win on Saturday at Minute Maid Park -- winning 5-3.
Everything was clicking for Houston after one inning. Starter Collin McHugh posted a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the first and the offense blasted Tigers starter, Justin Verlander.
Jose Altuve reached on a sharp single and was followed by a laser home runs shot by George Springer. Later in the inning, Tyler White hit his fourth home run of the season to make the score 3-0 after one.
The Tigers got a run back in the second inning. Victor Martinez and Nick Castellanos doubled for one run. Castellanos was thrown out going to third after the ball rolled up against the cage of the visiting team bullpen.
The Astros could have had the bases loaded in the third but Jose Altuve was picked off by Verlander at first -- he was initially called safe and the call was reviewed. Springer followed with a single and Carlos Correa walked. A force play and strikeout later the Astros threat was over.
The Tigers continued to chip away in the fifth. Jose Iglesias doubled to start off the inning. On a routine play from first to third, Tyler White missed the catch allowing Iglesias to score from third.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia put the Tigers ahead with a two-run home run in the sixth. The Tigers would add another run in the ninth as Victor Martinez hit a ball up onto the hill, score Miguel Cabrera,
McHugh allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings on 10 hits. Verlander settled down after the first inning to pitch six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. Franciso Rodguiez got the save for the Tigers.