Centeno's homer helps Astros over Tigers 6-2

HOUSTON (AP) For the second straight night the Houston Astros got a big contribution from a role player filling on for one of their injured stars.

Juan Centeno homered to help the Astros to a 6-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night after Brad Peacock had a solid start in place of ace Dallas Keuchel to help Houston to the win on Monday.

Centeno was making his debut with the Astros in place of catcher Brian McCann, who is on the 7-day concussion list.

''Wasn't that a great night for him? I always joke with the catchers, `catch a winner and get some hits,' and he did both,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''Had some really big hits and I thought he handled the game extraordinarily well given that's his first game this season with us.''

His solo home run made it 3-0 in the fourth. The Tigers cut the lead to one on a two-run homer by Mikie Mahtook in the seventh inning before Centeno singled and scored as Houston tacked on two runs in the bottom of that inning to push the lead to 5-2.

Houston starter Lance McCullers (5-1) allowed a season-low one hit in five innings to extend his American League-leading streak of scoreless innings to 22. But his early exit came after he needed 96 pitches to get through the fifth in what was his third straight start without allowing a run.

He raved about the work of Centeno.

''We were on the same page a lot,'' McCullers said. ''And to come up and fill in and catch that well and to have that big homer and a big single for us, hat's off to him. He did an amazing job.''

Jordan Zimmermann (4-3), who turned 31 on Tuesday, yielded five hits and four runs - two earned - in six-plus innings for the loss.

Mahtook, who had Detroit's only hit in a 1-0 loss on Monday night, cut the lead to 3-2 with his two-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning off Michael Feliz. That homer was just Detroit's second hit of the game and snapped a scoreless streak of 22 2/3 innings for the Tigers.

''We're going to hit. I'm not worried about it. That's the truth,'' manager Brad Ausmus said. ''You ask people around baseball if the Detroit Tigers are going to hit. It'll be a unanimous yes. We're going to hit, we just haven't hit the last few days.''

The Astros added a run in the seventh when George Springer hit a ball to reliever Alex Wilson and his throw to second base sailed past Ian Kinsler and into the outfield for an error that let him reach and Centeno score. Houston made it 5-2 on a sacrifice fly by Josh Reddick.

The Astros took a 1-0 lead on Gurriel's homer to left-center with no outs in the second. They added a run in the third when third baseman Nick Castellanos committed an error on a grounder hit by Jose Altuve to allow Reddick to score.

McCullers plunked Kinsler to start the game and walked J.D. Martinez with one out in the second, but didn't allow a hit until a groundball single by Miguel Cabrera with one out in the fourth. But the Tigers couldn't get anything going after that until Mahtook's homer in the seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: SS Carlos Correa was out of the lineup on Tuesday because he wasn't feeling well. Hinch didn't specify exactly what was wrong with him, but said he ''came in a little sick today,'' and added: ''I'm not going to have him play when he's not feeling great.''

WATSON HONORED

Bob Watson, a former major league player, coach, general manager and league executive, was honored by the Baseball Assistance Team with its lifetime achievement award before Tuesday's game. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, Joe Torre and many of Watson's former teammates honored him in a pre-game ceremony which also featured a video tribute with messages from Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman.

TOUGH BIRTHDAY LUCK

Tuesday was the second time Zimmermann has pitched in the majors on his birthday and was the second loss on his big day. The first time he pitched on his birthday came in 2014 at Pittsburgh when he allowed seven hits and four runs in the loss.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Daniel Norris (2-3, 4.81 ERA) will start on Wednesday for Detroit. He yielded seven hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 5-3 loss at Texas on Friday.

Astros: Charlie Morton (5-3, 4.15) starts for Houston on Wednesday. He allowed eight hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings of a 5-3 loss to Cleveland on Friday in his last start.

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HOU31-15
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  • W: L. McCullers (5-1)L: J. Zimmermann (4-3)
  • HR: DET - M. Mahtook (2), HOU - J. Centeno (1), Y. Gurriel (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B30000000.235.329.362.6921.0
N. Castellanos 3B40000021.220.295.382.677-1.0
M. Cabrera 1B30100110.263.356.432.7881.5
V. Martinez DH31000112.261.335.373.7091.5
J. Martinez RF30100112.364.533.9091.4421.5
J. Upton LF40000033.229.345.457.803-1.5
M. Mahtook CF41121002.200.259.380.6397.0
J. McCann C20100100.206.287.430.7172.0
a- T. Collins PH10000001.207.287.345.6320.0
J. Iglesias SS30000002.195.220.301.5210.0
  • a-grounded out for McCann in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF40000104.235.315.444.7591.0
J. Reddick LF21110100.289.337.463.8006.0
J. Altuve 2B40000003.298.366.497.8640.0
C. Beltran DH40000014.240.285.383.668-0.5
M. Gonzalez SS41100013.288.380.6251.0051.5
Y. Gurriel 1B31111001.269.305.407.7127.0
A. Bregman 3B40000012.248.322.359.681-0.5
J. Centeno C32211100.667.7501.6672.4179.0
J. Marisnick CF41310010.296.377.537.9144.5
    BATTING
    • HR - M. Mahtook (2)
    • RBI - M. Mahtook 2 (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Mahtook 2 (5)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Gonzalez (5)
    • HR - Y. Gurriel (4), J. Centeno
    • SF - J. Reddick (4)
    • RBI - J. Reddick (20), Y. Gurriel (15), J. Centeno, J. Marisnick (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Centeno, J. Marisnick (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Reddick (2)
    • CS - M. Gonzalez
    FIELDING
    • E - N. Castellanos 2 (9), A. Wilson
    FIELDING
    • PB - J. Centeno
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Zimmermann (L, 4-3)6.05422325.861.178.5
    A. Wilson1.01100001.401.002.0
    W. Saupold1.02101105.063.000.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Zimmermann (L, 4-3)6.0
    A. Wilson1.0
    W. Saupold1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. McCullers (W, 5-1)5.01002502.430.6021.5
    M. Feliz (H, 1)1.21221212.841.200.0
    L. Gregerson (H, 8)0.11000006.353.00-1.0
    W. Harris (H, 9)1.00001002.291.002.0
    J. Hoyt1.01000101.641.002.5
    PITCHERSIP
    L. McCullers (W, 5-1)5.0
    M. Feliz (H, 1)1.2
    L. Gregerson (H, 8)0.1
    W. Harris (H, 9)1.0
    J. Hoyt1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Zimmermann (2)
    • IBB - W. Saupold
    • HBP - J. Zimmermann (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 94-55, A. Wilson 12-8, W. Saupold 21-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 7-8, A. Wilson 2-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 26, A. Wilson 5, W. Saupold 6
    PITCHING
    • WP - L. Gregerson (3)
    • HBP - L. McCullers (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 96-62, M. Feliz 33-21, L. Gregerson 7-6, W. Harris 14-7, J. Hoyt 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 5-4, L. Gregerson 1-0, W. Harris 1-2, J. Hoyt 1-1
    • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 18, M. Feliz 7, L. Gregerson 2, W. Harris 4, J. Hoyt 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    DET21-23
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B30000000.235.329.362.6921.0
    N. Castellanos 3B40000021.220.295.382.677-1.0
    M. Cabrera 1B30100110.263.356.432.7881.5
    V. Martinez DH31000112.261.335.373.7091.5
    J. Martinez RF30100112.364.533.9091.4421.5
    J. Upton LF40000033.229.345.457.803-1.5
    M. Mahtook CF41121002.200.259.380.6397.0
    J. McCann C20100100.206.287.430.7172.0
    a- T. Collins PH10000001.207.287.345.6320.0
    J. Iglesias SS30000002.195.220.301.5210.0
    Total3024214813-----
    • a-grounded out for McCann in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF40000104.235.315.444.7591.0
    J. Reddick LF21110100.289.337.463.8006.0
    J. Altuve 2B40000003.298.366.497.8640.0
    C. Beltran DH40000014.240.285.383.668-0.5
    M. Gonzalez SS41100013.288.380.6251.0051.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B31111001.269.305.407.7127.0
    A. Bregman 3B40000012.248.322.359.681-0.5
    J. Centeno C32211100.667.7501.6672.4179.0
    J. Marisnick CF41310010.296.377.537.9144.5
    Total3268423417-----
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Mahtook (2)
      • RBI - M. Mahtook 2 (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Mahtook 2 (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Gonzalez (5)
      • HR - Y. Gurriel (4), J. Centeno
      • SF - J. Reddick (4)
      • RBI - J. Reddick (20), Y. Gurriel (15), J. Centeno, J. Marisnick (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Centeno, J. Marisnick (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Reddick (2)
      • CS - M. Gonzalez
      FIELDING
      • E - N. Castellanos 2 (9), A. Wilson
      FIELDING
      • PB - J. Centeno
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Zimmermann (L, 4-3)6.05422325.861.178.5
      A. Wilson1.01100001.401.002.0
      W. Saupold1.02101105.063.000.5
      Total8.0862342---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Zimmermann (L, 4-3)6.0
      A. Wilson1.0
      W. Saupold1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. McCullers (W, 5-1)5.01002502.430.6021.5
      M. Feliz (H, 1)1.21221212.841.200.0
      L. Gregerson (H, 8)0.11000006.353.00-1.0
      W. Harris (H, 9)1.00001002.291.002.0
      J. Hoyt1.01000101.641.002.5
      Total9.0422481---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. McCullers (W, 5-1)5.0
      M. Feliz (H, 1)1.2
      L. Gregerson (H, 8)0.1
      W. Harris (H, 9)1.0
      J. Hoyt1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Zimmermann (2)
      • IBB - W. Saupold
      • HBP - J. Zimmermann (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 94-55, A. Wilson 12-8, W. Saupold 21-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 7-8, A. Wilson 2-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 26, A. Wilson 5, W. Saupold 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Gregerson (3)
      • HBP - L. McCullers (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 96-62, M. Feliz 33-21, L. Gregerson 7-6, W. Harris 14-7, J. Hoyt 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 5-4, L. Gregerson 1-0, W. Harris 1-2, J. Hoyt 1-1
      • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 18, M. Feliz 7, L. Gregerson 2, W. Harris 4, J. Hoyt 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Marisnick singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Centeno to second26
      • 7TH INNING
        Reddick hit sacrifice fly to right, Marisnick scored25
        Springer reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Centeno scored, Marisnick to third on Wilson fielding error24
        Mahtook homered to left, Martinez scored23
      • 4TH INNING
        Centeno homered to center03
      • 3RD INNING
        Altuve safe at first on 3rd baseman Castellanos fielding error, Reddick scored02
      • 2ND INNING
        Gurriel homered to left center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • James Hoyt relieved Will Harris
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez singled to center
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mahtook flied out to shallow center
        • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Will Harris relieved Luke Gregerson
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler grounded out to third
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Castellanos flied out to right
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Warwick Saupold relieved Alex Wilson
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez doubled to deep left
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez stole, Gonzalez to third on 3rd baseman Castellanos fielding error, Ball, Gurriel flied out to deep right, Gonzalez to third
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • J. Centeno: Centeno intentionally walked
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Marisnick singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Centeno to second
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Springer flied out to deep right
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Feliz Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez walked
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Martinez flied out to deep center
        • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton flied out to shallow right
        • M. Mahtook: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Mahtook homered to left, Martinez scored
        • Luke Gregerson relieved Michael Feliz
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCann singled to center
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, McCann to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to catcher
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • J. Centeno: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Centeno singled to right center
        • J. Marisnick: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt
        • Marisnick singled to right center, Centeno to second
        • G. Springer: Springer reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Centeno scored, Marisnick to third on Wilson fielding error
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick hit sacrifice fly to right, Marisnick scored
        • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Altuve reached on fielder's choice to second, Springer out at second
        • C. Beltran: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Beltran popped out to second
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Feliz Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Kinsler flied out to deep right
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel lined out to left
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • J. Upton: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mahtook grounded out to third
        • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias popped out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick flied out to center
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Altuve flied out to center
        • C. Beltran: Beltran grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Castellanos struck out on foul tip
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cabrera reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel hit by pitch
        • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gurriel out at second
        • J. Centeno: Ball, Centeno homered to center
        • J. Marisnick: Strike (foul tip), Marisnick reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Springer flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • J. McCann: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, McCann flied out to right
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Iglesias flied out to center
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Springer flied out to deep right
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked
        • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Reddick stole second, Foul, Ball, Altuve safe at first on 3rd baseman Castellanos fielding error, Reddick scored
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Ball, Foul, Beltran fouled out to third
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Altuve to third on wild pitch, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez lined out to left
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez walked
        • J. Upton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Upton struck out on foul tip
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez to second on passed ball, Mahtook grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel homered to left center
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Centeno: Strike looking, Ball, Centeno grounded out to second
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kinsler hit by pitch
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Kinsler out at second
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Springer walked
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Reddick singled to right center, Springer to second
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve flied out to center
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltran struck out swinging
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)