Marisnick comes through in the clutch
(c) Associated Press
In a back-and-forth game Thursday night at Minute Maid Park Jake Marisnick delivered the big hit, lifting the Astros to a 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers. Jake's eighth inning home run off Justin Wilson to break a 6-6 tie was Houston's fourth longball of the night, securing a 7-6 victory for the 'Stros.
The Tigers took a 3-0 lead early in the game against Mike Fiers, and with Justin Verlander on the mound the situation looked pretty bleak. But the Astros bats came to life in the fourth inning. Verlander walked Jose Altuve to start the frame and Carlos Correa followed with a 2-run shot into the leftfield seats. Evan Gattis dropped a single into short centerfield and Marwin Gonzalez put the Astros ahead with a towering home run down the rightfield line. One out later, Juan Centeno belted his second homer in as many games and, suddenly it was 5-3 Astros.
Both teams added single markers in the fifth and Justin Upton hit a line drive homer off Will Harris in the seventh to pull the Tigers to within one at 6-5. Luke Gregerson walked Andrew Romine to start the eighth and Romine would eventually come around to score and tie the game.
Marisnick delivered the game-winning blast with one out in the eighth, a 421-foot shot to left-center. Ken Giles came in and nailed down the save, his 13th of the season to increase Houston's lead in the A.L. West standings to eight games.
Former Astro J.D. Martinez had a nice night at the plate against his college teammate Fiers. J.D. launched his seventh home run of the season in the fourth inning and missed another homer by inches when his fifth inning drive bounced off the top of the wall for a double and sent Fiers to the showers.
Having won three of four games against the Tigers, the Astros are set to open a 3-game series with the Orioles with game one slated for Friday night at 7:10. Joe Musgrove takes the hill for the home team at Minute Maid Park and Kevin Gausman gets the start for the visitors.
- Greg Thurston