Surging Houston Astros drop Detroit Tigers to extend win streak to 6
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT — The surging Houston Astros were too much for Matthew Boyd.
Aledmys Diaz, Robinson Chirinos, Jake Marisnick and Alex Bregman homered for Houston, and the Astros beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1 on Monday night, extending their winning streak to six games. Two of those homers came off Boyd, the Detroit lefty who is off to a fine start this season but lasted only four innings in his shortest start of the year.
“We made him really work,” Houston manager AJ Hinch said. “I looked up there in the third inning, he had 70 pitches. He got up into the upper 90s after four. We can do that to some pitching when we lock in the strike zone. We had a lot of foul balls.”
Brad Peacock (4-2) allowed a run and three hits in five innings for Houston, which has won nine of its last 10 games. Boyd (4-3) yielded three runs and five hits and threw 96 pitches.
“My stuff was working, but they have a really good approach,” said Boyd, who entered with a 2.86 ERA. “They are patient and they don’t chase, so you have to be in the zone against them.”
Diaz hit a two-out solo shot to open the scoring in the second, and after a walk by Tyler White, Chirinos hit a two-run homer. Grayson Greiner hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth for the Tigers to make it 3-1.
Marisnick’s two-run homer in the seventh gave Houston a four-run lead.
Ryan Pressly pitched the eighth for the Astros, extending his franchise-record scoreless streak to 36 innings.
Springer hit an RBI single in the ninth for Houston. Bregman followed with a two-run shot to left.
Justin Verlander, the star pitcher who was traded from the Tigers to the Astros in 2017, was back at Comerica Park and is slated to pitch Wednesday.