Houston at Detroit

W: Z. Miner (4-1) L: W. Rodriguez (8-5)
HR: HOU - E. Munson (4)   DET - I. Rodriguez (7)

Tigers 10, Astros 4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

DETROIT -- Jim Leyland thought starter Zach Miner was falling behind too early, which could have spelled disaster for the rookie. So the Detroit Tigers manager made an early trip to the mound to give the right-hander some encouragement.

"He gave me a breather, he gave me a pep talk," Miner said after the Tigers beat the Houston Astros 10-4 on Monday night. "They were on almost everything I threw. I really didn't trust myself that much. I was out there wondering if I was going to make it to the second."

Leyland said Miner (4-1) has an advantage over opponents who haven't seen him before but he said Miner had to pick up the pace after giving up four consecutive hits in the first inning.

"He's got good stuff," Leyland said. "He's still feeling his way a little bit, he just has to trust his stuff."

Miner regrouped and struck out five over 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and 10 hits.

Ivan Rodriguez's two-run double highlighted Detroit's five-run third and he homered off starter Wandy Rodriguez (8-5) in the seventh.

Chris Shelton led off the Tigers' big inning with a single and he tied the game at one when Brandon Inge doubled to the center field wall. Curtis Granderson followed with an RBI single that got past Houston first baseman Mike Lamb.

Rodriguez then drove in Granderson and Placido Polanco, who had doubled. Rodriguez scored on a sacrifice fly by Magglio Ordonez that put the Tigers ahead 5-1.

Lance Berkman, who went 2-for-4, and Astros manager Phil Garner were ejected in the seventh.

Berkman was called out at first base trying to beat out a grounder. He slammed his helmet to the ground and was immediately ejected by first base umpire C.B. Bucknor. Garner rushed onto the field to argue and was eventually tossed after throwing his cap to the ground.

"That was quite possibly the fastest ejection in the history of the game," Berkman said. "I think he just continued the same arm motion from calling me out to throwing me out."

Garner threw a chair after he returned to the Houston dugout.

"Phil backs his players, so I wasn't surprised. I told him the chair was a nice touch," Berkman said.

"I had been trying to get thrown out for the last couple of minutes, but he wouldn't do it," Garner said. "That chair had been bothering me the whole game. It needed to get out of the dugout."

Garner was making his first return to Detroit since he was fired as Tigers manager in 2002.

"I knew his agenda as soon as he went out there," said Detroit's Brandon Inge, who made his major league debut while Garner was managing the Tigers. "I knew he was going to get tossed as soon as he went out there. I was cracking up."

When the dust settled after the ejections, Eric Munson hit a solo homer to pull Houston within 6-4.

Detroit added three runs in the eighth. Marcus Thames hit an RBI double and Craig Monroe drove in a run with a bloop single down the right field line. With the bases loaded, Granderson grounded into a forceout to make it 10-4.

Rodriguez gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"I felt good but they hit good pitches," Rodriguez said through an interpreter.


RHP Roger Clemens will make his second start of the season Tuesday against the Tigers. The game is expected to be a sellout. ... Munson played for Detroit from 2000-04. ... It was Garner's fourth ejection this season. ... Thames has reached base safely in 38 of his last 40 games.

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Players of the Game

L. Berkman
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

I. Rodriguez
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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MLB Power Rankings (5/23) (1:51)
Houston Astros
Craig Biggio, DH5000033 .268
Mike Lamb, 1B5220002 .335
Chris Burke, 2B5020010 .322
Lance Berkman, RF-DH4022000 .314
    Jason Lane, RF0000000 .208
Eric Munson, C4121012 .225
Preston Wilson, LF4000021 .279
Morgan Ensberg, 3B2100210 .244
Adam Everett, SS4020010 .246
Willy Taveras, CF4011022 .267
2B - Chris Burke (14, Miner), Lance Berkman (13, Miner), Willy Taveras (9, Miner)
HR - Eric Munson (4, Walker)
RBI - Lance Berkman 2 (70), Eric Munson (12), Willy Taveras (18)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Munson (6)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Ensberg-Lamb
Houston Astros
Wandy Rodriguez (L,8-5) 6.21077141 4.79
Dave Borkowski 0.1433100 4.46
Russ Springer 1000010 4.00
WP - Wandy Rodriguez 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 106-65, Dave Borkowski 29-19, Russ Springer 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 6-9, Dave Borkowski 1-0, Russ Springer 1-1
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 30, Dave Borkowski 6, Russ Springer 3
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5123011 .298
Placido Polanco, 2B5110013 .288
Ivan Rodriguez, C5233012 .302
Magglio Ordonez, RF2001100 .314
Carlos Guillen, SS4120001 .297
Marcus Thames, LF4011002 .308
    Alexis Gomez, PR-LF0100000 .254
Chris Shelton, 1B4220000 .274
Craig Monroe, DH4011011 .236
Brandon Inge, 3B3221110 .231
2B - Placido Polanco (13, Rodriguez), Ivan Rodriguez (13, Rodriguez), Carlos Guillen (22, Borkowski), Marcus Thames (14, Borkowski), Brandon Inge 2 (13, Rodriguez, Rodriguez)
HR - Ivan Rodriguez (7, Rodriguez)
SF - Magglio Ordonez (3)
RBI - Curtis Granderson 3 (42), Ivan Rodriguez 3 (38), Magglio Ordonez (57), Marcus Thames (29), Craig Monroe (34), Brandon Inge (45)
2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson (15), Ivan Rodriguez (17)
CS - Brandon Inge (4, 2nd base by Rodriguez/Munson)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Inge-Polanco-Shelton
Detroit Tigers
Zach Miner (W,4-1) 5.11033250 2.59
Roman Colon (H,2) 0.1000010 5.68
Jamie Walker (H,6) 1111001 1.27
Fernando Rodney (H,9) 1.1000040 2.79
Jason Grilli 1000010 4.01
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Miner 105-61, Roman Colon 7-4, Jamie Walker 5-4, Fernando Rodney 20-12, Jason Grilli 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Miner 6-4, Jamie Walker 1-2, Jason Grilli 2-0
Batters Faced - Zach Miner 27, Roman Colon 1, Jamie Walker 4, Fernando Rodney 4, Jason Grilli 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24285
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Adam Dowdy, Third Base - Wally Bell