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Astros Hold On To Beat Tigers

Astros earn win #80 with 5-4 victory

August 19, 2019 - 11:23 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- With the tying run standing at third base, Roberto Osuna struck out John Hicks, preserving the Astros 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers Monday night at Minute Maid Park. 

Osuna worked around Brandon Dixon's one-out double in the inning, and after Dixon moved to third on Dawel Lugo's ground out, Osuna threw a 1-2 fastball past Hicks for his 28th save of the season.

The inning before, Will Harris had to maneuver through a two-out walk and broken bat single, but struck out Travis Demeritte to end that threat as the Astros won their 80th game of the season, sending the Tigers to their 85th loss.

Detroit scored first, starting the game with four straight singles off Wade Miley, the third, off the bat of Miguel Cabrera scored Victor Reyes, but the Astros responded in their half of the inning. With one out, Michael Brantley walked and Alex Bregman singled in front of Yordan Alvarez who tied the game with an RBI double. Then, with two out, Yuli Gurriel doubled home a pair to put Houston on top, and they capped the inning when Gurriel scored following Robinson Chirinos' single, thanks to an error on Dixon in left field. 

Dixon's sacrifice fly in the third brought Detroit within two runs, but Chirinos answered with a sacrifice fly of his own in the fifth, but the Tigers rallied.

With two out in the sixth, Ronny Rodriguez smacked a 3-2 cutter from Wade Miley over the wall in left-centerfield for eighth home run of the season, then on the third pitch of the seventh inning, Demeritte launched Hector Rondon's 1-1 fastball over the wall in centerfield for his second home run, drawing the Tigers within a run, but they never got closer.

Miley earned his 12th win of the season, allowing three runs on 10 hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out eight without walking anyone.

Chrinos finished with two hits and two RBI.

After striking out in the first inning, Carlos Correa left the game with back discomfort. He is day-to-day.

Demeritte had a three hit night for Detroit, while Dixon, Cabrera, Rodriguez and Victor Reyes had two.

Aaron Sanchez will take the mound for the Astros in game two against the Tigers opposite Spencer Turnbull