By Dave Hart

Tigers 4, Astros 2 (11 innings) – Justin Verlander continues to have bad luck closing out victories, yet the Tigers managed to defeat the Houston Astros on Saturday night in extra innings.

LSJ Logo incertVictor Martinez, J.D. Martinez and Tyler Collins each knocked in runs in the 11th inning to break a 1-1 tie.

Detroit starting pitcher Justin Verlander deserved a better fate, but ended up with a no decision after pitching seven scoreless inningsEye on the D allowing three hits while striking out seven batters.

Al Alburquerque picked up the victory for the Tigers, pitching a scoreless 10th inning, while Neftali Feliz picked up the save, allowing one run on two hits in the 11th inning.

The Tigers will look to take the three-game series over the Astros with a victory on Sunday afternoon.

Record: 56-60

3rd Place in AL Central (14 games behind Kansas City)

4 games behind Los Angeles Angels for last playoff spot.

Magic # to clinch their 5th straight AL Central Division title: 61

Magic # to clinch their 5th straight playoff berth: 51

Next Game: 08/16/2015 @ Houston Astros 2:10 p.m. @ Minute Maid Park

Hitting Stats: Victor Martinez 2B (15) RBI (50), Ian Kinsler RBI (53), J.D. Martinez RBI (76), Tyler Collins RBI (9), Anthony Gose SB (17).

Pitching Stats: Al Alburquerque W (2-0) 1 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 0 K, Neftali Feliz SV (7) 1 IP 2 H 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 0 K, Justin Verlander 7 IP 3 H 0 R 0 ER 2 BB 7 K.