Mistakes Prove Costly In Astros Loss To Tigers

Astros ran themselves out of Wednesday's game

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August 21, 2019 - 11:08 pm

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HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)-A pair of late inning baserunning mistakes proved costly as the Astros saw their three-game winning streak come to an end with a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

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The Astros made the third out of the eighth and ninth innings at third base, with Altuve attempting to advance on Alex Bregman's ground out to third with the game tied at one, and after John Hicks broke the tie with a ninth inning home run off Justin Verlander, Robinson Chirinos made the game's final out trying to stretch a double into a triple with Michael Brantley waiting in the on deck circle.

The loss wasted a brilliant outing from Verlander, who tossed a complete game, the first by an Astros pitcher in 2019, on just 99 pitches. The Hicks homer in the ninth was just the second baserunner he allowed all night, the first was fifth inning home run from Ronny Rodriguez. Verlander struck out 11, giving him seven straight double-digit strikeout starts. 

Houston could do nothing offensively for much of the night, with Daniel Norris shutting them out for the game's first three innings. Matt Hall did the same in his first three frames, but that ended when Chirinos smacked his first pitch of the seventh over the train tracks for his 14th homer of the season. Buck Farmer held the Astros scoreless in the eighth, and Joe Jimenez closed the game out, with the aid of Chirinos' mistake, for his fourth save.

Chirnos finished with four of the Astros six hits, had he legged out the triple he would've hit for the cycle. George Springer had the other two knocks.

The Astros and Tigers will conclude their four-game series Thursday night when Gerrit Cole starts opposite Jordan Zimmerman