If you were told Charlie Morton was going to pitch seven innings and only give up two runs, would you expect a win? 70 percent chance? The percentage doesn't matter but it would have likely been an Astros win.
Morton did just that on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, but the Astros lost 6-3. Wamp, wamp.
The Astros bullpen gave up four runs over the final two innings of the game to seal the fate for Houston.
Morton's only major issue came in the third inning. Jose Iglesias (single) and Ian Kinsler (double) put two runners in scoring position to open the frame. A wild pitch scored Iglesias and a double-play ground out by Miguel Cabrera scored the second run.
Jose Altuve chipped away at the Tigers' lead in the bottom of the third with a one-out double, putting George Springer on third. Springer didn't hesitate to test Justin Upton's arm in left field on a sacrifice fly by Evan Gattis. Upton wouldn't come close to getting Springer, setting the score to 2-1 Tigers.
The formula was almost exactly the same in the fourth inning, the cast was the only change for the Astros. Yuli Gurriel moved to third on an Alex Bregman double, scoring on a Nori Aoki sacrifice fly.
The game was tied 2-2 after four innings.
Chris Devenski gave up two runs in the eighth inning. Jordan Jankowski made his first major league appearance, striking out the side but also giving up a triple and a two-run home run.
Bregman added his second extra-base hit of the game, smacking a ball into the front row the Crawford Boxes for a solo home run off Justin Wilson.