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Tigers 14, Astros 6: Tigers maul McHugh early for win

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Tigers scored nine runs over two innings to put away the game early against the Astros.

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I could tell you all the positive things from Friday's game: Jose Altuve's two-run home run, Jake Marisnick's solo shot, and the Astros three-run inning in the eighth. But that would be ignoring the fact that this game was all but over by 6:30 local time.

The Tigers jumped all over Collin McHugh, who has been 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his last two starts. Maybe it was the dink hits that dropped in early in both the first and second innings. Maybe it was the fact it was 77 degrees on Friday in July in Detriot.

But whatever the reason, McHugh gave up eight runs on 10 hits over 1 2/3 innings.

Ian Kinsler and Cameron Maybin didn't square up the ball but got singles to open the bottom of the first. The all-time great Miguel Cabrera flipped a sacrifice fly to score one and Nick Castellanos singled to drive in the second.

After a promising start with a Marwin Gonzalez double and Altuve home run, the game was tied 2-2.

While Matt Boyd settled down, McHugh didn't in the second inning. Hits from Kinsler, Maybin, Cabrera, Castellanos and Justin Upton put Detriot up 6-2. Tyler Collins put the icing on the cake for the Tigers with a three-run home run against new pitcher Chris Devesnki.

Marisninck would spark hopes of a massive comeback with a home run to start the third inning. But the Astros would only get three runs off Matt Boyd.

Carlos Correa and Colby Rasmus picked up RBI singles in the eighth inning to push the score to 13-6. James McCann would set the final score of 14-6 with a solo home run in the bottom of the frame.

All four Astros pitcher gave up runs on Friday: McHugh (1.2 IP, 8 ER), Devenski (3.1 IP, 2 ER), Michael Feliz (2 IP, 3 ER), and Tony Sipp (1 IP, 1 ER).

Marisnick was the only Astros with multiple hits, he went 2-for-4 and scored two runs.