FINAL: ASTROS 7, TIGERS 6

The Astros hit five home runs as they outslugged the Tigers and took three out of four games in this series with a 7-6 win Thursday night.

Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez both homered for the Tigers, while Jose Iglesias drove in two runs with a pair of RBI doubles.

Justin Verlander was cruising through three innings, but then it all went south as Verlander gave up three home runs in the fourth inning. He would pitch into the sixth, but he was shown the door before he could finish it off. Verlander gave up four home runs and six earned runs, pushing his ERA up to a lofty 4.87.

The Tigers bullpen kept the team alive as they rallied to tie the game in the eighth inning, but Alex Wilson was tagged for a solo shot in the bottom of the frame by Jake Marisnick to break the 6-6 tie and put Houston over the top.

In the ninth, Ken Giles got the call from the Astros bullpen. After J.D. Martinez struck out swinging and Justin Upton flew out to center field, Alex Avila kept hope alive with a hard-hit single through the middle of the infield, the Tigers 14th hit of the night. It wasn’t meant to be, as Andrew Romine popped out to third to end the game.

The loss brings the Tigers record to 22-24 as they head to Chicago for a doubleheader against the White Sox on Friday.

Bottom 8th: Astros 7, Tigers 6

Jake Marisnick drilled an offering from Tigers reliever Alex Wilson well over the fence in left center field for a one-out, solo home run that gives Houston a 7-6 lead late in tonight’s game.

Top 8th: Tigers 6, Astros 6

In a pinch-hitting role, Andrew Romine got things going for the Tigers against Luke Gregerson in the seventh, drawing a leadoff walk before stealing second base. Jose Iglesias brought Romine home with his second RBI double down the left field line tonight, tying the game at…