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Haase, Tigers shake off rough start in 6-2 win over Orioles

Haase, Tigers shake off rough start in 6-2 win over Orioles

Eric Haase hit a two-run double in a three-run first inning and the Detroit Tigers went on to a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore OriolesBy DAVE HOGG Associated PressAugust 1, 2021, 9:11 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDETROIT — Eric Haase hit a two-run double in a three-run first inning and the Detroit Tigers went on to a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.Detroit earned a split of the four-game series, improving to 30-24 at home this season. The Tigers tied a major league record with 59 home losses in 2019, baseball’s most recent full season.“This is the last day of our toughest stretch of the season,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “We’ve played 17 games in 16 days without a day off, so it was nice to finish off that stretch with a win.”Detroit’s Tyler Alexander fell behind 2-0 after four batters, but didn’t allow another run in four innings of work. Erasmo Ramirez (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his first major league win since Sept. 3, 2018, when he beat the Orioles as a member of the Seattle Mariners.The Orioles didn’t score after a two-run first.Baltimore’s Spenser Watkins (2-2) allowed four runs on three hits and two walks in his first appearance against the franchise that drafted him in 2014. All three hits went for extra bases.“It was incredible to finally pitch here after this being the goal for so long,” said Watkins, who went 5 2/3 innings. “I had to tamp down the excitement a little in the first inning, but I was proud to be here wearing black and orange.”The Orioles started quickly, with Austin Hays hitting a double on the first pitch and advancing on Troy Mancini’s long flyball. Ryan Mountcastle and Anthony Santander followed with RBI doubles over Akil Baddoo’s head in center field, making it 2-0 after six pitches.“We went out in the first inning and were extremely aggressive,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “That got us a quick lead, but we stayed that aggressive all day and it resulted in a lot of quick outs.”Jeimer Candelario’s RBI single made it 2-1 in the bottom of the first, and Haase followed with a two-run double to put the Tigers ahead by a run.The game stayed 3-2 until Robbie Grossman tripled with one out in the sixth and scored on Miguel Cabrera’s sacrifice fly.“This was our first time seeing Watkins, but we got a lot of advice from all the guys who played with him in the minors,” Grossman said. “That helped.”Cabrera’s sacrifice fly was the 92nd of his career, moving him past Willie Mays and Barry Bonds and into a tie for 59th with David Ortiz.“It is amazing playing on the same team as him, especially right now,” Grossman said. “He might be the best right-handed hitter in history, and it is crazy to see the names he’s passing every day.”Baddoo made it 5-2 with a seventh-inning RBI single and Grossman added a sacrifice fly later in the inning.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: Baltimore placed LHP Tanner Scott (knee) on the 10-day injured list and reinstated LHP Keegan Akin from the COVID list. RHP Thomas Eshelman was designated for assignment.UP NEXTOrioles: Off on Monday before starting a three-game road series against the New York Yankees. Baltimore’s Jorge López (2-12, 6.19 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday’s opener against Andrew Heaney (6-7, 5.27).Tigers: Off on Monday before hosting the Boston Red Sox in a three-game series. Detroit’s Wily Peralta (3-2, 3.64) is scheduled to start Tuesday against Garrett Richards (6-6, 5.15).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Cabrera drives in 5 in Detroit's 14-0 rout of Texas

Cabrera drives in 5 in Detroit's 14-0 rout of Texas

DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera drove in five runs, including a bases-loaded double in a four-run fifth inning, and the Detroit Tigers routed the Texas Rangers 14-0 on Monday night.The Rangers have lost six straight, the last three by a combined score of 29-0. The last major league team to allow that many runs while being shut out in three straight games was the 1906 Brooklyn Superbas, who were outscored 31-0 between July 6-9.“If anyone on this team isn’t embarrassed right now, they shouldn’t be on the field and they shouldn’t be part of our organization right now,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “These guys all want to play in the major leagues, but you have to earn that.”Tigers starter Casey Mize was only expected to pitch three innings as the team tries to limit his workload. However, when he retired the first nine hitters, he came back out for the fourth, allowing one single. He struck out four.Mize tried to avoid manager A.J. Hinch at the end of the fourth, but it didn’t work.“I was hoping to stay away from him, because I wanted to go another inning,” he said. “But we’re being careful with innings right now, and I understand that.”Joe Jiménez (4-1) got the win in relief.Kyle Gibson (6-2) allowed eight runs, matching a career high, on 10 hits and two walks in five-plus innings. The Tigers had snapped his 16-start unbeaten streak in a 5-3 win on July 7.“I honestly don’t know how to explain this,” Gibson said. “They’ve got some good veteran hitters — I’ve been facing Miggy since I was in Minnesota — but this isn’t indicative of how I’ve pitched this year. Maybe they are just ahead of me in the scouting report, but I need to fix it.”The Tigers took a 2-0 lead on Akil Baddoo’s two-run homer to left in the third inning, and Jonathan Schoop’s RBI single made it 3-0 in the fifth.Gibson hit the next batter, Robbie Grossman, to load the bases with one out. Cabrera fell behind 1-2 before lining a double to left, then brought the crowd of 13,704 to its feet by taking third on the throw home. Cabrera, one of baseball’s slowest runners, was originally called out, but the call was overturned by replay.“Every time he comes to the plate, we’re proud to be out there,” said Victor Reyes, who had four hits. “It’s an honor just to play on his team.”Gibson was removed after the Tigers started a seven-run sixth with a walk and a single. Reyes singled off Brett Martin, loading the bases, and Baddoo followed with a two-run single.After Schoop’s RBI single made it 9-0, Grossman singled to reload the bases for Cabrera. This time, he lined an 0-2 pitch to left for a two-run single, earning a standing ovation. Joe Barlow came in and walked Jeimer Canderlario and Eric Haase — the eighth and ninth straight Tigers to reach base — to make it 12-0. Harold Castro ended the streak with a sacrifice fly, scoring Cabrera.Baddoo finished with four RBIs and scored three times.With two hits, Cabrera (2,931) moved past Rogers Hornsby and Jake Beckley for 38th place on the career list. His five RBIs gave him 1,768, tying David Ortiz for 22nd.“These are big moments for Miggy personally, but they are also huge for our team, our franchise and our fans,” Hinch said. “He’s passing some very special names right now — he belongs to that elite class of the game.”TRAINER’S ROOMThe Tigers placed C Jake Rogers on the 10-day injured list with a sore arm shortly before the game and recalled C Grayson Greiner from Triple-A Toledo. Hinch said he is expected to miss a few weeks. INF Isaac Paredes was checked by the team’s training staff and left the game after singling in the sixth inning.MOVESTexas optioned OF Jason Martin to Triple-A Round Rock after the game and recalled RHP Demarcus Evans.GALLO HELPING OUTThings could have been even worse for Gibson, but Joey Gallo threw out a pair of Tigers runners from right field, giving him four assists in his last seven defensive games.“After the game, I shook Joey’s hand and told him I’m proud to be able to manage him,” Woodward said. “We were down 10 runs tonight and our best player was doing everything he would do in a tie game. We need more guys to show that kind of effort.”MORE MILESTONESCabrera’s fifth-inning double gave him 1,099 extra-base hits, tying Eddie Murray for 21st all-time. With 588 doubles, he’s four behind Todd Helton for 19th on the career list.UP NEXTThe teams continue a four-game series on Tuesday, with Detroit’s Tarik Skubal (5-8, 4.36) facing Dane Dunning (3-6, 4.22).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports———This version has been corrected to show Gibson’s record is 6-2.

Candelario, Tigers complete sweep of Twins with 7-0 win

Candelario, Tigers complete sweep of Twins with 7-0 win

Jeimer Candelario homered, drove in three runs and started two double plays as the Detroit Tigers finished a weekend sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 7-0 winBy DAVE HOGG Associated PressJuly 18, 2021, 9:17 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDETROIT — Jeimer Candelario homered, drove in three runs and started two double plays as the Detroit Tigers finished a weekend sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 7-0 win on Sunday.The game was the seventh in a row between the teams. Minnesota swept a four-game series at home immediately before the All-Star break before losing three in Detroit. The series was originally scheduled for four games, but Friday’s doubleheader was rained out. The Tigers swept a doubleheader on Saturday.“This is a weird game at times,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “They beat us up at their place, and then we come home and get a sweep. You don’t usually see any team twice in a row like this, plus we’re going right back there in a little over a week.”Wily Peralta (3-1) pitched seven shutout innings for the second time in three starts, allowing four hits and four walks while striking out four. Peralta, who was aided by four double plays, is 3-1 with a 0.34 ERA in his last five starts.“I’m a groundball pitcher, so having that kind of defense behind me is a great feeling,” said Peralta, who is in a major league rotation for the first time since 2017. “I didn’t really have a good feel for the ball in the first couple innings, and they made some big plays.”J.A. Happ (5-5) took the loss, giving up seven runs on 11 hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out four and allowed two home runs.With a doubleheader on Monday, Happ had to pitch deep into the game despite not having his best stuff.“Unfortunately, this is the position we’re in right now,” he said. “It doesn’t happen as often these days, but we needed innings. I just couldn’t get out of a couple bad innings.”Jake Rogers led off the third with a double and moved up on Derek Hill’s bunt single. Akil Baddoo struck out, but Jonathan Schoop gave the Tigers the lead with a sacrifice fly. After Robbie Grossman walked, Miguel Cabrera made it 2-0 with an RBI single and Candelario’s double gave Detroit a three-run lead.Baddoo and Hill both stole bases in the game as Hinch continues to manage an up-tempo style.“It’s fun out there right now,” said Hill, who has stolen six bases in 11 games with the Tigers. “We’ve got a lot of guys who can be aggressive on the bases and we are all executing right now.”Schoop made it 5-0 with a two-run homer in the fifth, his 17th, and Candelario hit a two-run homer of his own in the seventh.“(Happ) pitches very efficiently, so we thought we could get seven innings out of him even with the score a little worse than we would like,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He got the second out in the seventh, but Candelario hits one out and makes it a frustrating finish for him.“We just didn’t play well in this series. We’ve got an inexperienced group right now and we need to learn from this.”TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: C Mitch Garver (groin) will join the team on Monday in Chicago and is expected to be activated during a four-game series against the White Sox.GETTING CLOSER TO 3,000Cabrera’s RBI single in the third was his 2,929th hit, tying him with Al Simmons for 40th in major league history. Cabrera got a bigger cheer from the crowd in the ninth inning when he lifted teammate Harold Castro into the air as the Tigers’ scoreboard displayed “Simba Cam.”UP NEXTTwins: Minnesota plays the White Sox in a doubleheader on Monday. Griffin Jax (1-1, 8.66 ERA) and Jose Berrios (7-3, 3.48) are scheduled to start for the Twins.Tigers: Detroit hosts the Texas Rangers for a four-game series starting on Monday. Casey Mize (5-5, 3.59) is scheduled to start for the Tigers in the opener against Kyle Gibson (6-1, 2.29).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Candelario helps Tigers beat White Sox 6-5 for series win

Candelario helps Tigers beat White Sox 6-5 for series win

Jeimer Candelario had three hits and Akil Baddoo drove in two runs as Detroit built a big lead, and the Tigers withstood José Abreu’s three-run homer in the ninth inning in a 6-5 win over the Chicago White SoxBy DAVE HOGG Associated PressJuly 4, 2021, 9:43 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDETROIT — Jeimer Candelario had three hits and Akil Baddoo drove in two runs as Detroit built a big lead, and the Tigers withstood José Abreu’s three-run homer in the ninth inning in a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.Detroit won the final two games of the series for its first series win over the White Sox since Sept. 3-5, 2018. The Tigers are 29-22 from May 8 on but are just 38-46 overall.”Our record still isn’t great, but I think teams respect the way we’ve been playing since the beginning of May,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “We’ve done a good job against both Cleveland and Chicago this week.”Tigers reliever Gregory Soto was forced to change his glove before pitching the ninth inning with a 6-2 lead.“It was a red glove, which is legal, but it had darkened from use,” Hinch said. “There was nothing sticky, but the umpiring crew wanted as close to a brand-new glove as possible.”Soto switched to another glove from his locker, then struggled. Billy Hamilton and Tim Anderson singled, and Abreu hit his 14th homer with one out. Soto struck out Brian Goodwin and walked Leury García.José Cisnero relieved and needed one pitch for his fourth save in five chances, retiring Andrew Vaughn on a lineout to right.“I liked the way we came back against a really good relief pitcher,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “We got two hits and Abreu hits one out. Even Vaughn put a great swing on the ball — if that’s closer to the corner, it’s a tie game and we’re still playing.”Tyler Alexander (1-1) allowed one hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings to win in relief of rookie Matt Manning, who gave up two runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.“I thought Matt showed some real progress today,” Hinch said. “If a regular start, we would let him power through that, but the left side of our bullpen was fresh so that’s the direction we went.”Lucas Giolito (6-6) dropped to 1-2 in his last six starts. He allowed six runs and a season-high 10 hits in five innings, and he is 0-3 in four starts against Detroit this season.“That was pretty terrible,” he said. ”I gave up six runs and put the team in a bad position to try to win the game.”Giolito’s fastball spin rate was down 10% from his May 30 win against Baltimore, his last outing before Major League Baseball started discussing its intended crackdown on grip-enhancing substances. His slider spin rate was down 15%.“My stuff is fine, but I can’t get it where I need it to be,” he said. “Today was a lack of fastball command and a lack of changeup command. I couldn’t put anyone away with two strikes.”Baddoo reached on an infield single in the first, stole second and scored on Robbie Grossman’s groundout. Harold Castro hit an RBI single in the second, and Baddoo hit a two-run double for a 4-0 lead.“We’re trying to put pressure on teams,” said Baddoo, who leads the team with 13 stolen bases. “We know we have to run the bases with a lot of energy to make them worry about us.”Chicago closed in the third on Abreu’s RBI single and García’s sacrifice fly.Candelario hit an RBI double in the fifth and scored on Erc Haase’s single for a 6-2 lead.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox reliever José Ruiz left in the seventh inning after LaRussa noticed a change in his delivery.“He started pulling off his delivery, which is very concerning,” LaRussa said. “He said he could pitch, but I didn’t want to take any chances with him.”UP NEXTWhite Sox: RHP Dylan Cease (7-3, 3.75) is scheduled to start Monday’s series opener at Minnesota against RHP Bailey Ober (0-1, 5.84), the last stop on a nine-game trip.Tigers: RHP Wily Peralta (1-1, 3.21) is to open Monday at Texas against LHP Kolby Allard (2-4, 3.46).———More AP MLB coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Vaughn, Lynn lead White Sox past Tigers 8-2 for 5th straight

Vaughn, Lynn lead White Sox past Tigers 8-2 for 5th straight

Andrew Vaughn homered and made two key defensive plays in left field as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-2 for their fifth straight victoryBy DAVE HOGG Associated PressJuly 3, 2021, 3:32 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDETROIT — Andrew Vaughn homered and made two key defensive plays in left field as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-2 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.Lance Lynn (8-3) allowed one run on four hits and five walks in six innings, striking out nine.“This was a weird night. There were times when I felt locked in and other times when everything was a little squirrely,” Lynn said. “Luckily, Vaughn made two great plays for me and the guys scored a bunch of runs.”Chicago, which leads the AL Central, has won nine of 11 against Detroit this season — including five in a row.Casey Mize (5-5) gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in three innings. Mize, pitching as an opener to limit his workload, struck out four.“Obviously I want to get as many outs as I can, so it was strange warming up and knowing I was only going to get three innings,” Mize said. “I understand this is a unique situation, and I’d rather do this than get shut down completely in September.”Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said his plan is to give Mize a quiet July. The rookie has thrown 91 1/3 innings after pitching only 28 1/3 in seven starts last season.“We can keep him to three innings until the All-Star break, give him the break, and then be careful with him again coming out of the break,” Hinch said. “That should allow him to pitch all season.”The White Sox took a 2-0 lead with two outs in the first. Yasmani Grandal’s single scored Tim Anderson, and Brian Goodwin followed with a triple into the left-center gap.Jonathan Schoop nearly put the Tigers ahead in the fifth, but Vaughn made a leaping catch at the wall in left field to turn a possible three-run homer into a sacrifice fly. Vaughn also made a diving catch to rob Daz Cameron of extra bases in the sixth.“I’m still learning out there, but I’m getting more comfortable,” said Vaughn, who came through the White Sox minor league system as a first baseman. “There’s no way to practice diving catches, but I could tell I was going to be short, so I just tried to stretch out for it.”Chicago took advantage of a defensive mistake to make it 3-1 in the seventh. With one out and a runner on first, rookie Jake Burger lifted a routine fly to center, but Cameron appeared to lose it in the lights. The ball dropped for a double — Burger’s first career hit — and Danny Mendick followed with a sacrifice fly.“I’m going to tell my grandkids that I hit a double off the top of the wall,” Burger joked. “They will probably find the video and know I’m lying, but I’ll stick to my story.”Vaughn and Gavin Sheets homered in a five-run ninth as Chicago scored at least seven times for the fifth consecutive game.“We’ve got a lot of young guys up here who aren’t just getting hits — they are winning games for us,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “Vaughn gets a homer, Jake makes a perfect swing to get another hit, then Gavin hits a bomb. Danny Mendick drove in some runs, too.”LONG ROADBurger made his major league debut and grounded into a second-inning double play in his first at-bat. Chicago’s first-round draft pick in 2017, he missed all of 2018 and 2019 with leg injuries and started 2020 playing semi-pro ball. This year, though, he was hitting .322 with 10 homers and 36 RBIs in 42 games with Triple-A Charlotte and was selected to the Futures Game before being called up on Friday.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: Grandal exited with tightness in his left calf. La Russa said Grandal won’t catch on Saturday but might be available off the bench. … OF Adam Eaton (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list. The team optioned C Yermin Mercedes and RHP Zach Burdi to Triple-A Charlotte.Tigers: Reinstated RHP Erasmo Ramirez (pectoral) from the 10-day IL and optioned LHP Miguel Del Pozo to Triple-A Toledo.UP NEXTThe teams continue their weekend series Saturday afternoon, with Tarik Skubal (4-7, 4.06 ERA) facing Chicago LHP Dallas Keuchel (6-2, 3.96).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Grossman's 10th-inning squeeze bunt lifts Tigers over Astros

Grossman's 10th-inning squeeze bunt lifts Tigers over Astros

DETROIT — Robbie Grossman’s squeeze bunt in the 10th inning drove in the winning run and the Detroit Tigers won a duel of small ball, beating the Houston Astros 2-1 Sunday for a split of their four-game series.The Tigers (34-44) went 5-2 against Houston (48-30) this season. There were a total of only seven hits in their final meeting this year, and Detroit needed just three to win.“We can walk into the clubhouse knowing we just split with those guys, and we could have won three of four,” Grossman said. “That’s a great feeling.”Tigers manager A.J. Hinch isn’t surprised his current team, which improved to 26-25 since May 1, has been able to beat his old one.“This just confirms what we tell these guys every day — this is a good baseball team,” he said. “We were terrible in April, and we don’t need to revisit that, but now we are competitive against good teams and good pitching.”In the Houston 10th, Gregory Soto (4-1) walked leadoff hitter Chas McCormick with automatic runner Abraham Toro on second. Jason Castro sacrificed the runners over, but Jose Altuve popped out and Myles Straw grounded out.“We had a lot of chances in this series, and we didn’t take advantage of them,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “A lot of that is the Tigers, though. They pitched well enough to beat us.”Houston brought in Blake Taylor (0-2) for the bottom of the inning with Akil Baddoo starting on second. Jonathan Schoop’s groundout moved the winning run to third for Grossman.Grossman bunted Taylor’s first pitch to the third-base side of the mound and Baddoo beat Taylor’s desperate flip.“I didn’t quite get the ball where I wanted it, but I made the pitcher field the ball,” Grossman said. “That’s all we needed with Akil’s speed.”The play was Detroit’s first game-winning bunt since John Hicks drove in JaCoby Jones in the 12th inning of a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.“We’re playing to the strengths of the personnel we’ve got on the roster,” Hinch said. “We’re trying to find ways to win games, and that one worked out.”Houston starter Jake Odorizzi allowed two hits and a walk in five innings. In his last three outings — two starts and a long-relief performance — he has given up four hits and two walks in 14 scoreless innings, striking out 15.“Everyone wants more innings, but I’m just happy with the results I’m getting right now,” he said. “If I can keep giving us chances to win games, I’ll be happy.”Tigers starter Tarik Skubal yielded one run on one hit and three walks in seven innings, striking out nine.“I’ve never faced them before, but I obviously know what they can do against left-handed pitching,” he said. “The White Sox are tough on lefties, so I took a lot of that approach into this game.”The Astros loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, but Skubal was able to escape with only a sacrifice fly by Carlos Correa. It was Correa’s fifth RBI of the series.“We had that young man in a lot of trouble in that inning, and he got right back out of it,” Baker said. “I don’t know what round they got him, but he’s as good as any young pitcher we’ve faced this season.”Cristian Javier walked Willi Castro and Zack Short with one out in the Detroit seventh, but got Jake Rogers to pop out. Baker brought in Brooks Raley, and Baddoo tied the game with a soft single to right.Both teams had two runners on in the eighth, but couldn’t bring home the go-ahead run.“Our bullpen really stepped up today,” Hinch said. “(Jose) Cisnero gets the strikeout of (Yordan) Alvarez to end the eighth, and then we got two great innings from Soto.”MOVESThe Tigers kept Short, who had been called up as the 27th man for Saturday’s doubleheader, optioning INF Isaac Paredes to Triple-A Toledo. They also placed RHP Michael Fulmer (cervical spine strain) on the 10-day injured list and recalled LHP Miguel Del Pozo from Toledo.UP NEXTTigers: Hop over Lake Erie for a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians. Matt Manning (1-1, 3.38) will face Cleveland’s Eli Morgan (0-2, 10.32) in Monday’s opener.Astros: Return home for a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Houston is scheduled to start Zack Greinke (8-2, 3.56) on Monday while the Orioles have not announced a starter.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Short, Mize help Tigers snap Astros' winning streak at 11

Short, Mize help Tigers snap Astros' winning streak at 11

Zack Short’s first home run in the majors broke a fifth-inning tie and helped the Detroit Tigers snap the Houston Astros’ 11-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory in the first game of a doubleheaderBy DAVE HOGG Associated PressJune 26, 2021, 8:28 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDETROIT — Zack Short’s first home run in the majors broke a fifth-inning tie and helped Casey Mize and the Detroit Tigers snap the Houston Astros’ 11-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory to open Saturday’s doubleheader.“I knew I hit it pretty well, but I saw (right fielder Kyle) Tucker getting ready to jump,” Short said. “When he didn’t get it, I definitely blacked out. That’s an incredible feeling.”The Astros were trying to tie the franchise record of 12 wins in a row. They got off to a good start, as Jose Altuve began the game with a single and took third on Michael Brantley’s single.“We’ve been scoring a lot of runs lately, and we had a chance to get off to the races again there,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “We had some pretty good hitters coming up, too.”Mize, though, struck out Yuli Gurriel and Yordan Alvarez before retiring Carlos Correa on a comebacker.Tigers manager A.J. Hinch wasn’t surprised that his young ace escaped the inning.“He’s a really good pitcher — we know what he’s capable of doing,” Hinch said. “He didn’t worry about the runner at third, he went right after Yuli and Alvarez and still had to get Carlos.”Mize (5-4) improved to 2-0 in his last four starts, giving up one run on six hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out five to beat the Astros for the second time this season.“I had some success down there against them, so I’ve been watching that start back,” he said. “I had a lot of success with my splitter against them, so I used that a lot today.”Jose Cisnero pitched the seventh for his third save.Short, called up as Detroit’s 27th man for the doubleheader, had his first career extra-base hit on a third-inning double, then homered off Framber Valdez in the fifth.“We know we can trust Zack in the field and he’s got some pop,” Hinch said. “He isn’t always going to be going back after days like this.”Valdez (4-1) lost for the first time in six starts this season, allowing three runs on six hits in a six-inning complete game. He struck out six without walking a hitter.“I felt good out there,” he said. “I thought my only mistake was hanging the one pitch to (Short). I was good other than that.”Valdez and Mize were both starting for the first time since umpires started checking pitchers on Monday. Valdez’s spin rate was down 8% on his sinker and 7% on his curve, while Mize’s four-seam fastball was down 8% and his sinker was down 10%.The spin rate on Mize’s splitter was down 23% and the velocity dropped from 86.8 to 83.8 – but that was intentional for a pitcher who has struggled with overthrowing the pitch.“That’s a feel pitch for Casey with a power-pitch delivery,” Hinch said. “He really did a nice job with it today.”The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second on Isaac Paredes’ sacrifice fly, but Correa tied the game with an RBI single in the third.In the fifth, Paredes led off with an infield single, took second on Jake Rogers’ sacrifice bunt and scored when Short hit a 1-1 changeup just over the right-field fence.MOVESAstros: Recalled RHP Andre Scrubb to be the 27th man for the doubleheader.Tigers: Recalled Short to serve as the 27th man. Short came into the game with three singles in five career games, and could stay up to fill Detroit’s shortstop weakness.SWAMPY WEATHERNearly seven inches of rain fell at Comerica Park between Friday and Saturday morning, causing flooding on many local streets and freeways. However, the field was ready to go for the 1:10 start of the opening game.Southern Michigan was hit by more storms on Saturday afternoon, but they stayed north of downtown.UP NEXTLance McCullers Jr. (4-1, 2.90), whose father pitched briefly for the Tigers in 1990, will face Detroit’s Wily Peralta (0-1, 7.11) in the nightcap.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

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