Instant replay: Astros pounded by Tigers

Instant replay: Astros pounded by Tigers
May 4, 2013, 10:30 pm
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The Tigers banged out 21 hits, including two home runs from Miguel Cabrera, as they routed the Astros 17-2 at Minute Maid Park on Saturday. It was their third straight win over Houston.

Starters: Lucas Harrell gave up four runs in the first, while facing just eight batters. He gave up two more runs in the second off a Miguel Cabrera two-run home run.

After retiring the side in the third, he escaped the fourth, giving up just one run after allowing a single and walking three. He got into more trouble in the fifth. After a leadoff walk and an RBI double by Alex Avila. He was pulled after just one out.

Harrell's line: 4 1/3 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR; 107 pitches (60 strikes)

Tigers RHP Max Scherzer had his way with Astros’ hitters. He gave up a single to the first batter he faced but retired the next 16 before giving up a single and a walk in the sixth, but he still escaped unscathed. His only blemish – giving up a solo home run in the seventh.

Scherzer’s line: 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 1 WP; 105 pitches (74 strikes)

Bullpen: RHP Jose Cisnero relieved Harrell with one out in the fifth and finished off the inning. He gave up a solo home run to Cabrera to lead off the sixth before retiring the next three batters.

Cisnero fell apart in the seventh, allowing five hits and three more runs. Overall, he gave up eight hits and six runs. RHP Paul Clemens came in with no outs and pitched two innings, allowing three hits and three runs (two earned).

The Tigers’ Al Alburquerque came in to close the ninth and gave up a run and three hits and one run.

At the plate: For the second time in his short major league career, OF Robbie Grossman was caught stealing after his leadoff single in the first.

The Astros didn’t get on base again until a Matt Dominguez single in the sixth inning and a Grossman walk, but the Astros couldn’t capitalize. Carlos Corporan got the Astros on the board in the seventh with his second home run of the season, a solo shot to the right field seats.

Jose Altuve, Jason Castro (RBI single) and Corporan added three hits in the ninth to give the Astros six total hits on the night.

The Astros added to their league-leading strikeout total with 10 more on Saturday.

Cabrera hit his fifth home run of the season, this time a two-run shot into the Crawford Boxes to put the Tigers up by six in the second inning. Then he added a solo home run in the sixth for his 26th career multi-HR game. For the fifth time in his career, Cabrera had six RBI, which matches a career best.

In the field: In the second, Altuve caught an Austin Jackson line drive and doubled off Omar Infante, who led off with a single, at first. Altuve entered the game leading all second basemen with 32 double plays turned.

The Astros continue to lead the league in double plays turned. Shortstop Ronny Cedeno committed an error in the eighth that led to an unearned run.

Down 9-0 and two on and one out in the sixth, Tigers’ third baseman Cabrera made a tough diving stop and throw to second for the force out to end the inning.

Up Next: The Astros and Tigers conclude their four-game series at 3:10 p.m. on Sunday. RHP Philip Humber (0-6, 7.58) will start for Houston while RHP Justin Verlander (3-2, 1.83) takes the mound for Detroit.