By Dave Hart
Tigers 14, Astros 6 – The Tigers’ bat heated up in Friday night’s win over the Houston Astros in their first game of a nine-game home stand.
Tyler Collins and Justin Upton paced the Tigers with a three-run home run each, while Cameron Maybin, Miguel Cabrera and Nick Castellanos each added two RBIs.
The Astros were led in a losing effort by Jose Altuve and Jake Marisnick with a homer each while Colby Rasmus knocked in two runs.
The Tigers now 55-48 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 its fifth straight win with a victory over the Astros on Saturday night.
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: 63
Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 66
Next Game: 07/30/2016 vs. Houston Astros 7:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park
Hitting stats: James McCann HR (7) RBI (26), Justin Upton HR (12) 3 RBI (44), Tyler Collins 3B (1) HR (3) 3 RBI (9), Cameron Maybin 2B (7), Miguel Cabrera 2 RBI (62), Nick Castellanos 2 RBI (57), Jarrod Saltalamacchia RBI (31).
Pitching stats: Matt Boyd W (2-2) 5 IP 4 H 3 R 3 ER 1 BB 6 K.