Detroit sports glance: Tigers rally in ninth to beat Astros, win fifth straight

By Dave Hart
LocalSportsJournal.com

Tigers 3, Astros 2 – Jose Iglesias hustled down the first base line and beat out the throw that led to a Tigers win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.

LSJ Logo incertIglesias, batting with two outs and the game tied 2-2 in the ninth inning, hit a dribbler to the first baseman, who tossed to the pitcher covering first. But Iglesias beat the pitcher to the bag allowing Tyler Collins to score the game-winning run.

James McCann also knocked in a run for the Tigers.

Detroit’s starting pitcher Justin Verlander picked up a complete game win, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out 11 batters.Eye on the D

The Astros were led by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa with two hits apiece.

The Tigers now 56-48 on the season, good for second place in the American League Central Division behind the first-place Cleveland Indians. They are a game and a half games behind the Boston Red Sox for the final playoff spot.

Detroit will look for sweep the Astros with a win on Sunday afternoon.

Record: 56-48

Tied for 2nd Place in AL Central Division (4.5 games behind first-place Cleveland)

1.5 games behind Boston for last Wild Card spot

Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 62

Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 65

Next Game: 07/31/2016 vs. Houston Astros 1:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park

Hitting stats: James McCann RBI (27), Jose Iglesias RBI (25), Justin Upton SB (7).

Pitching stats: Justin Verlander W (11-6) 9 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 1 BB 11 K.

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