American League - Astros 6, Tigers 4


WHAT HAPPENED: In the shortest of his 31 big-league starts, Drew Smyly allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings. The Tigers made several bids to get out of their early 4-1 hole but couldn't get that one big hit like Ian Kinsler's game-winning three-run homer Saturday. They lost two of three in the series after coming into it with a seven-game winning streak.

FIRST INNING: The Astros got RBIs from George Springer, Jesus Guzman and L.J. Hoes. Astros 3, Tigers 0.

THIRD INNING: Torii Hunter doubled in a run, but Smyly didn't survive the bottom of the inning, in which he gave up Hoes' RBI double. Astros 4, Tigers 1.

FIFTH INNING: Alex Avila led off with a homer, and the next two hitters reached. Then Austin Jackson grounded into a double play and Torii Hunter lined to third. Astros 4, Tigers 2.

SIXTH INNING: With two out and nobody on, Tigers left-hander Pat McCoy gave up two hits, issued an intentional walk to Springer, then fell behind, 3-0, against lefty-swinging Jon Singleton (who had fanned on all three of his previous at-bats in the game) and walked him on a 3-1 pitch to force in a run. Astros 5, Tigers 2.

EIGHTH INNING: With two out and nobody on, former Tigers reliever Jose Veras gave up a walk, a single and Nick Castellanos' two-run triple. With the potential tying run at third and Avila due up, Houston manager Bo Porter brought in left-hander Tony Sipp. The right-handed-swinging Kinsler pinch-hit and struck out on three pitches. In the Astros' half, the rookie Singleton continued to rally from those three strikeouts by singling in a two-out run against left-hander Blaine Hardy. Astros 6, Tigers 4.

THREE STARS: 1. Hoes; 2. Singleton; 3. Sipp (retired all four hitters he faced for the save).

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