Every now and then, the Houston Astros have a good night and win a game. On Thursday night, it just happened to be in Detroit against the hottest team in baseball. Houston ended a five game losing streak with a 6-2 win at Comerica Park.
Highly touted Astros Rookie George Springer helped out his own cause during the game, getting his first Major League home run in the fifth inning. It took a grand total of 78 big league at bats to get it, but he noted after the game that he wasn't trying for long ball.
I was just trying to hit something hard, and get something up in the zone. It sounded good off the bat and I was able to get it out.
Springer was able to retrieve the ball from a fan in exchange for a signed bat, and plans to present it to his father in Baltimore when he sees him on Friday.
Starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel had a solid night on the mound as well. He went a season high 7 and 2/3 innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and striking out seven batters. It was his fifth quality start of the season, and a very pleased Bo Porter spoke afterwards about his performance.
He went through a stretch like this last year when he was arguably our best pitcher. We've seen him pitch the way he's pitching now. I think it's now more consistent. It's start after start after start. He's understanding himself more. He is taking a lot of pride in his pregame preparation, and he does a good job pitching to the scouting report.
For Detroit, it slammed the door on a historic streak. It breaks an eight-game winning streak, which is the longest streak they've had this early in the season since 1984. They just couldn't get anything started against Keuchel, who had their number essentially all night.
The Tigers got off to a fast start, getting an RBI double from Nick Castellanos in the second, and then a Victor Martinez home run in the fourth, but starter Drew Smyly couldn't keep control once the Astros got on the board. He takes the loss, giving up three home runs and dropping to 2-2 on the year. Keuchel improves to 3-2 with his performance.
Both teams are back in action on Friday. The Astros will travel to Baltimore, while the Tigers look to get back on track when they host the Minnesota Twins.