Astros roll behind McCullers, Centeno’s debut

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The Astros (31-15) added two insurance runs in the seventh and one in the eighth, sealing their second win in as many days against Detroit (21-23).

In five innings, McCullers (5-1) extended the American League’s longest active scoreless streak to 22 innings. He used 96 pitches to strike out five, walk two and allow one hit. Houston’s bullpen allowed its first two runs of the series in the seventh on a two-out, two-run shot by Mikie Mahtook.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Reddick’s steal and score: In the third inning, Reddick stole Houston’s first base since May 12, ending the club’s nine-game drought without a steal. Shortly after, on a fielding error by Castellanos, Altuve landed on base in his 17th straight game, scoring Reddick, and extended Houston’s lead to 2-0.

First game, first homer: In his first Major League appearance this season, Centeno drilled a home run 406 feet to center field, marking his first hit, run and RBI this year. Centeno joined the Astros on Sunday after Brian McCann was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Astros on Tuesday.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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