By Dave Hart
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.
Iglesias, 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.
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.
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.