Houston drops Detroit, 6-4

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros picked up a 6-4 win Sunday to take two games of a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers.

In the shortest of his 31 big-league starts, Drew Smyly allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings. The Tigers made several bids to get out of their early 4-1 hole but couldn’t get that one big hit like Ian Kinsler’s game-winning three-run homer Saturday.

The Astros got RBIs from George Springer, Jesus Guzman and L.J. Hoes in the first inning to take the early 3-0 lead.

Torii Hunter doubled in a run for the Tigers in the third inning, but Smyly didn’t survive the bottom of the inning, in which he gave up a RBI double to Hoes to give Houston a 4-1 lead.

Alex Avila led off the fifth  with a homer, and the next two hitters reached for the Tigers. Then Austin Jackson grounded into a double play and Hunter lined to third to leave the score at 4-2.

In the sixth with two out and nobody on, Tigers left-hander Pat McCoy gave up two hits, issued an intentional walk to Springer, then fell behind, 3-0, against lefty-swinging Jon Singleton and walked him on a 3-1 pitch to force in a run and push the Houston lead to 5-2.

With two out and nobody on in the eighth, former Tigers reliever Jose Veras gave up a walk, a single and Nick Castellanos’ two-run triple to pull the Tigers within one.

But in the Astros’ half of the eighth, the rookie Singleton continued to rally from those three strikeouts by singling in a two-out run against left-hander Blaine Hardy to put the final score at 6-4.

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