Marisnick caps HR binge, lifts Astros past Tigers

Sports Xchange

May 25, 2017 at 9:01 pm.

HOUSTON — Jake Marisnick bashed the fourth home run of the night for the Houston Astros, who claimed a wild, back-and-forth affair over the Detroit Tigers 7-6 on Thursday night at Minute Maid Park.

Marisnick, who entered as a pinch runner in the sixth inning, drilled an 0-1 pitch from Tigers right-hander Alex Wilson (1-2) 421 feet to center field in the eighth inning for his fifth homer.

Houston’s bullpen surrendered a two-run lead before Marisnick staked the Astros (32-16) to their final lead and their third victory in the four-game series.

Carlos Correa, Marwin Gonzalez and Juan Centeno all homered off Tigers starter Justin Verlander in the fourth inning, with Correa and Gonzalez delivering two-run blasts to erase a 3-0 deficit. Correa finished 3-for-4 after missing two games with an illness, and Gonzalez cranked his team-leading 11th home run out to right field.

Trailing 6-4 after six innings, the Tigers (22-24) clawed back. Left fielder Justin Upton smashed his ninth home run to left field off right-hander Will Harris with two outs in the seventh. An inning later, Jose Iglesias drilled a game-tying double just inside third base off Luke Gregerson (2-1), plating pinch-hitter Andrew Romine, who walked and stole second base to lead off the eighth.

Astros closer Ken Giles recorded his 13th save with a scoreless ninth.

Before the Astros pounced on Verlander in the fourth, the Tigers appeared poised to split the series by pounding away against Astros starter Mike Fiers.

Fiers needed an assist from left fielder Nori Aoki to escape the first inning unscathed, with Aoki erasing Miguel Cabrera at the plate following a Victor Martinez single for the final out. Fiers retired the final three batters he faced in the second but only after issuing a leadoff walk to J.D. Martinez and pushing him to second with a throwing error before surrendering an RBI single to Upton.

The Astros trailed 3-0 in the fourth when Josh Reddick spared Fiers two additional runs with a running catch in right field for the final out of that frame.

Fiers had allowed a titanic homer to J.D. Martinez, his seventh, and a run-scoring double to Iglesias. After J.D. Martinez just missed bashing a game-tying homer to straightaway center in the fifth, Fiers departed having allowed 10 hits and four runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Verlander surrendered six runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

NOTES: Astros C Brian McCann has resumed baseball activities, passed a concussion test and is on schedule to return from the seven-day concussion disabled list on Saturday, at which time C Juan Centeno is likely to be optioned to Triple-A Fresno. McCann suffered the concussion on May 14 in New York but wasn’t diagnosed until later in the week. … The Tigers began an arduous stretch of four games in less than 48 hours with their series finale against the Astros. Detroit is scheduled to play a doubleheader on Friday in Chicago against the White Sox, with the third game of that set for Saturday afternoon. … Astros SS Carlos Correa returned to the starting lineup after missing two games with an upper respiratory illness. Correa said he spent most of the previous two days sleeping but awoke on Thursday morning feeling well enough to resume participation.




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