Four homers lift Astros over Tigers in finale

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The Tigers built a 3-0 lead on a Justin Upton RBI single, a J.D. Martinez tape-measure homer and a Jose Iglesias double, three of 10 hits off Astros starter Mike Fiers. But the Astros answered quickly off Verlander, who gave up three homers in an inning for the second time in his career — this time in a six-batter stretch of the fourth. Carlos Correa and Marwin Gonzalez hit two-run home runs.

Verlander, 4-0 in seven previous starts against Houston, gave up six runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings but salvaged a no-decision thanks to a Tigers’ rally. Upton drew Detroit back within a run with a seventh-inning solo homer, completing a three-hit, three-RBI effort, before Iglesias’ second RBI double of the night tied it.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Aoki throws out Cabrera at home: Though the Tigers were in command early, they missed a chance for more when Miguel Cabrera tested Norichika Aoki‘s arm in left. Third-base coach Dave Clark waved Cabrera home on Victor Martinez‘s single, but Aoki threw out Cabrera at home with room to spare for his sixth assist of the season — tops among Major League outfielders — and the final out of the first inning.

Mashed by Marisnick: Marisnick entered the game as a pinch-runner for Aoki in the sixth. He stepped to the plate in the eighth against Alex Wilson for his first at-bat of the night. His first swing sent a low, inside fastball from Wilson deep to left-center for his fifth homer of the season.

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

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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