Peacock lets it fly
(c) Associated Press
Brad Peacock was spectacular in his first starting assignment of the season. Filling in for the injured Dallas Keuchel, Peacock held the Detroit Tigers to one hit and two walks while striking out eight in 4-1/3 innings of Houston's 1-0 victory. Three Astros relievers finished off the one-hit shutout.
Chris Devenski, Will Harris, and Ken Giles added two strikeouts apiece to give Houston pitchers a total of 14 for the night. Devenski went 2-2/3 innings to pick up his third win of the season and Giles pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 12th save.
The only run of the game came in the bottom of the first inning. Detroit starter Michael Fulmer walked leadoff batter George Springer and, one out later, Jose Altuve brought Springer home with a double down the leftfield line. With nine hits in the game, the Astros squandered several opportunities in the innings to come, but Peacock and company were able to make that lone run stand up.
The seventh inning, historically the Astros' most productive frame this season, looked extremely promising when Marwin Gonzalez and Yuli Gurriel got things started with back-to-back singles. But Fulmer rallied to strike out Alex Bregman and Springer, then got Josh Reddick to fly out.
Mikie Mahtook had the only hit for the Tigers, a one-out single in the third. Gonzalez and Reddick had two hits apiece for the Astros.
Game two of the four-game series is set for 7:10 Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. Lance McCullers gets the start for the home team and Jordan Zimmerman takes the mound for the visitors.
Right-handed reliever Jordan Jankowski was called up by the Astros prior to Monday's game and should make his big league debut any day now. Lefty Ashur Tolliver, who impressed in a four inning outing on Sunday, was sent back to AAA Fresno. Also, minor league outfielder Andrew Aplin was designated for assignment.
- Greg Thurston