Keuchel rusty in return
(c) Associated Press
Jose Altuve had three hits and Josh Reddick drove in five runs to push the Astros past the Tigers Friday night in Detroit. Reddick's 3-run homer in the eighth erased a 2-run deficit and a solid outing by Detroit starter Jordan Zimmerman.
Dallas Keuchel struggled in his return from the disabled list, allowing nine base-runners and needing more than 80 pitches to get through three innings. Houston's ace pitched out of trouble in the first and got two quick outs in the second before running into more difficulty. A walk to the number nine hitter, Dixon Machado, was followed by a line drive double by Ian Kinsler. Then Keuchel hung a curveball to Nicholas Castellano and the result was a 3-run homer.
Keuchel worked out of more trouble in the third and left the game trailing 3-2 thanks to a pair of sacrifice flies by Reddick. Brad Peacock came out of the bullpen for the first time in over two months and gave the Astros four solid innings of work. Peacock gave up asolo homer to Miguel Cabrera leading off the fifth, but ended up earning his ninth win of the year thanks to a late rally by the Astros' offense.
Zimmerman had one of his best outings of the season, holding the Astros to three runs on six hits through the first seven innings. But, despite having thrown only 80 pitches, Zimmerman didn't come out for the eighth inning as Brad Ausmus elected to go with the hard-throwing Bruce Rondon instead.
Derek Fisher and Altuve greeted Detroit's right-handed reliever with back-to-back singles and Reddick followed with a majestic home run into the rightfield bleachers to give the Astros a 6-5 lead.
Chris Devenski battled control problems in the eighth before getting a double-play grounder to escape the inning unscathed. Ken Giles came on in the ninth and mowed through the heart of the Tigers' order with 100 m.p.h. heat and some nasty sliders.
Carlos Beltran had two hits from the DH position and Fisher added a pair of hits and scored two runs from the leadoff spot in the order. Giles converted his 22nd save in 24 chances and Devenski notched his 15th hold.
With Keuchel back on the active roster the Astros sent Michael Feliz down to AA Corpus Christi. Will Harris was also activated from the disabled list and George Springer was placed on the 10-day DL with a sore left quad.
Collin McHugh will make his second start of the year Saturday night in the second game of a 3-game series. Lefty Matthew Boyd gets the call for Detroit in a 5:10 CDT affair.
- Greg Thurston