Altuve hits leadoff homer, Astros power past Tigers 5-4

DETROIT (AP) For five innings, the Houston Astros were one pitch away from blowing an important game.

Their relievers never gave the Tigers that pitch.

Five Houston relievers threw shutout innings, and the Astros' three early homers held up in a 5-4 victory over Detroit on Tuesday night.

''None of those guys had a margin for error,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said.

Houston maintained a three-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the AL West.

Jose Altuve homered on the first pitch of the game, and the Astros hit two more homers in the first four innings to go up 5-0.

Houston starter Framber Valdez, though, couldn't maintain that big lead.

Valdez allowed four runs in the bottom of the fourth, including a three-run homer by JaCoby Jones. That ended his night and started a parade from the Houston bullpen.

Will Harris (4-3) struck out the side in the fifth, allowing one walk, and Joe Smith pitched a perfect sixth.

Hector Rondon gave up two hits in the seventh but got out of the jam, and Collin McHugh and Roberto Osuna retired the last six batters in order. Osuna struck out rookie Christin Stewart to end the game and earn his 17th save in 18 opportunities.

''It's hard to pick which was my favorite reliever of the night, because they all came in and were effective,'' Hinch said. ''The way the game started, I didn't expect a bullpen day, but I looked up and it was suddenly a one-run game.''

Jordan Zimmermann (7-7) allowed five runs on six hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three.

''I just didn't have my best stuff,'' he said. ''My fastball command wasn't there, so my first pitch wasn't where I wanted it and Altuve's a great hitter. It seems like my starts lately have been very good or very bad.''

Detroit got four scoreless innings from its bullpen.

''Those guys did a fantastic job of keeping us in the game,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''They've got so many great arms in their bullpen, though, and we could never get one more big hit.''

After Altuve gave Houston the early lead, Tony Kemp hit a two-run homer in the second inning.

Tyler White hit Houston's third homer, a two-run shot into the Astros bullpen with one out in the fourth.

''We try to get runs any way we can,'' White said. ''Altuve starting the game with a homer was an unbelievable way to get us going, and then Kempie came up with a big swing.''

The Tigers scored all their runs with two outs in the fourth. With runners on the corners, Dawel Lugo hit what looked like a routine grounder to short, but the ball took a bad hop and went over Carlos Correa's head for an RBI single.

Jones then lined a 3-1 fastball into the left-field stands for his 11th homer of the season.

''I needed to refocus after the bad hop, because that's something I can't control,'' Valdez said through a translator. ''It's just something that happens.''

Jones came into the game hitting .183 with 51 strikeouts in his last 40 games but managed five homers during the slump.

''He can always hit a baseball a long way,'' Gardenhire said. ''The problem comes when he tries to hit home runs. That screws him up, and he starts chasing. When he stays in the strike zone, he's a good hitter.''

Houston missed a chance to add to its lead in the seventh.

Louis Coleman hit the first two batters, and a passed ball moved the runners to second and third with one out. Gardenhire intentionally walked Correa, loading the bases, and brought in lefty Daniel Stumpf.

Stumpf got Josh Reddick to pop out and was immediately replaced by right-handed Victor Alcantara. Tyler White hit a hard grounder to third and was originally ruled safe after Jeimer Candelario didn't field the ball cleanly. However, a replay review showed the throw beat White to first, ending the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Kemp stayed in the game after being hit on the right elbow by a pickoff attempt from Zimmermann. Alex Bregman (leg) and Yuli Gurriel (arm) both needed attention after being hit by Coleman.

UP NEXT

The teams finish the three-game series on Wednesday afternoon with Detroit's Daniel Norris (0-3, 5.47 ERA) facing Houston's Gerrit Cole (13-5, 2.86).

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  • W: W. Harris (4-3)L: J. Zimmermann (7-7)S: R. Osuna (17)
  • HR: HOU - J. Altuve (12), T. Kemp (6), T. White (12), DET - J. Jones (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Altuve 2B51211002.318.382.458.8397.0
A. Bregman 3B40000012.295.398.555.9540.5
Y. Gurriel 1B40200000.279.313.409.7223.0
M. Gonzalez LF50000003.244.319.409.7280.0
C. Correa SS30000111.241.324.408.7320.5
J. Reddick RF32000103.239.310.379.6893.0
T. White DH41121004.307.386.6201.0067.0
B. McCann C30000121.208.301.315.6160.0
T. Kemp CF21221100.289.378.431.8099.0
J. Marisnick CF10000000.201.259.381.6390.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Candelario 3B50200010.228.315.407.7232.5
    C. Stewart LF30100221.250.400.250.6502.0
    N. Castellanos RF40000024.294.351.488.839-1.0
    V. Martinez DH30100101.247.295.348.6432.0
    V. Reyes PR-DH00000000.241.256.314.5710.0
    N. Goodrum SS41100023.237.311.432.7422.0
    G. Greiner C20000112.234.330.312.6410.5
    a- J. Adduci PH10000000.285.310.409.7190.0
    J. Saltalamacchia C00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    R. Rodriguez 1B31000121.217.258.336.5931.0
    D. Lugo 2B41110011.273.319.341.6602.5
    J. Jones CF41131010.206.260.376.6367.5
    • a-grounded out for Greiner in the 8th
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Altuve (12), T. White (12), T. Kemp (6)
    • RBI - J. Altuve (54), T. White 2 (37), T. Kemp 2 (30)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Kemp 2 (16)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve 2 (2), A. Bregman 2 (2), C. Correa, T. White 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Candelario (27), N. Goodrum (28)
    • HR - J. Jones (11)
    • RBI - D. Lugo (6), J. Jones 3 (33)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Lugo (2), J. Jones 3 (13)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Stewart, V. Martinez, N. Goodrum 2 (2), G. Greiner, D. Lugo
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Correa-Altuve-Gurriel)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Jones (7)
    • E - N. Goodrum (14), R. Rodriguez (8)
    • PB - G. Greiner (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Valdez4.05444312.661.270.5
    W. Harris (W, 4-3)1.00001303.811.1310.5
    J. Smith (H, 9)1.00000102.950.843.5
    H. Rondon (H, 8)1.02000202.151.212.0
    C. McHugh (H, 10)1.00000201.920.884.0
    R. Osuna (S, 17)1.00000102.431.0210.5
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Valdez4.0
    W. Harris (W, 4-3)1.0
    J. Smith (H, 9)1.0
    H. Rondon (H, 8)1.0
    C. McHugh (H, 10)1.0
    R. Osuna (S, 17)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Zimmermann (L, 7-7)5.06541334.171.220.5
    B. Farmer0.20002004.651.63-2.0
    L. Coleman0.20001003.661.31-1.0
    D. Stumpf0.10000005.241.630.0
    V. Alcantara1.10000102.421.123.5
    A. Wilson1.01000003.451.102.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Valdez 92-51, W. Harris 16-10, J. Smith 9-6, H. Rondon 25-15, C. McHugh 14-10, R. Osuna 10-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Valdez 6-2, J. Smith 2-0, C. McHugh 1-0, R. Osuna 1-1
    • Batters Faced - F. Valdez 20, W. Harris 4, J. Smith 3, H. Rondon 5, C. McHugh 3, R. Osuna 3
    PITCHING
    • IBB - L. Coleman (2)
    • HBP - L. Coleman 2 (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 97-63, B. Farmer 20-9, L. Coleman 12-6, D. Stumpf 4-3, V. Alcantara 20-12, A. Wilson 11-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 3-10, V. Alcantara 2-1, A. Wilson 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 23, B. Farmer 4, L. Coleman 5, D. Stumpf, V. Alcantara 4, A. Wilson 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Altuve 2B51211002.318.382.458.8397.0
    A. Bregman 3B40000012.295.398.555.9540.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B40200000.279.313.409.7223.0
    M. Gonzalez LF50000003.244.319.409.7280.0
    C. Correa SS30000111.241.324.408.7320.5
    J. Reddick RF32000103.239.310.379.6893.0
    T. White DH41121004.307.386.6201.0067.0
    B. McCann C30000121.208.301.315.6160.0
    T. Kemp CF21221100.289.378.431.8099.0
    J. Marisnick CF10000000.201.259.381.6390.0
    Total3457534416-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Candelario 3B50200010.228.315.407.7232.5
      C. Stewart LF30100221.250.400.250.6502.0
      N. Castellanos RF40000024.294.351.488.839-1.0
      V. Martinez DH30100101.247.295.348.6432.0
      V. Reyes PR-DH00000000.241.256.314.5710.0
      N. Goodrum SS41100023.237.311.432.7422.0
      G. Greiner C20000112.234.330.312.6410.5
      a- J. Adduci PH10000000.285.310.409.7190.0
      J. Saltalamacchia C00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      R. Rodriguez 1B31000121.217.258.336.5931.0
      D. Lugo 2B41110011.273.319.341.6602.5
      J. Jones CF41131010.206.260.376.6367.5
      Total33474151213-----
      • a-grounded out for Greiner in the 8th
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Altuve (12), T. White (12), T. Kemp (6)
      • RBI - J. Altuve (54), T. White 2 (37), T. Kemp 2 (30)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Kemp 2 (16)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve 2 (2), A. Bregman 2 (2), C. Correa, T. White 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Candelario (27), N. Goodrum (28)
      • HR - J. Jones (11)
      • RBI - D. Lugo (6), J. Jones 3 (33)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Lugo (2), J. Jones 3 (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Stewart, V. Martinez, N. Goodrum 2 (2), G. Greiner, D. Lugo
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Correa-Altuve-Gurriel)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Jones (7)
      • E - N. Goodrum (14), R. Rodriguez (8)
      • PB - G. Greiner (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Valdez4.05444312.661.270.5
      W. Harris (W, 4-3)1.00001303.811.1310.5
      J. Smith (H, 9)1.00000102.950.843.5
      H. Rondon (H, 8)1.02000202.151.212.0
      C. McHugh (H, 10)1.00000201.920.884.0
      R. Osuna (S, 17)1.00000102.431.0210.5
      Total9.07445121---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Valdez4.0
      W. Harris (W, 4-3)1.0
      J. Smith (H, 9)1.0
      H. Rondon (H, 8)1.0
      C. McHugh (H, 10)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 17)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Zimmermann (L, 7-7)5.06541334.171.220.5
      B. Farmer0.20002004.651.63-2.0
      L. Coleman0.20001003.661.31-1.0
      D. Stumpf0.10000005.241.630.0
      V. Alcantara1.10000102.421.123.5
      A. Wilson1.01000003.451.102.0
      Total9.0754443---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Zimmermann (L, 7-7)5.0
      B. Farmer0.2
      L. Coleman0.2
      D. Stumpf0.1
      V. Alcantara1.1
      A. Wilson1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Valdez 92-51, W. Harris 16-10, J. Smith 9-6, H. Rondon 25-15, C. McHugh 14-10, R. Osuna 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Valdez 6-2, J. Smith 2-0, C. McHugh 1-0, R. Osuna 1-1
      • Batters Faced - F. Valdez 20, W. Harris 4, J. Smith 3, H. Rondon 5, C. McHugh 3, R. Osuna 3
      PITCHING
      • IBB - L. Coleman (2)
      • HBP - L. Coleman 2 (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 97-63, B. Farmer 20-9, L. Coleman 12-6, D. Stumpf 4-3, V. Alcantara 20-12, A. Wilson 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 3-10, V. Alcantara 2-1, A. Wilson 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 23, B. Farmer 4, L. Coleman 5, D. Stumpf, V. Alcantara 4, A. Wilson 3
      • 4TH INNING
        Jones homered to left, Rodriguez and Lugo scored54
        Lugo singled to left, Goodrum scored, Rodriguez to second51
        White homered to left center, Reddick scored50
      • 2ND INNING
        Kemp homered to right, Reddick scored30
      • 1ST INNING
        Altuve homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Alex Wilson relieved Victor Alcantara
        • Jarrod Saltalamacchia catching
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Foul, Gurriel singled to deep right center, Gurriel out at second
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez lined out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Collin McHugh
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Jones grounded out to third
        • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Candelario popped out to third
        • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • V. Alcantara Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • J. Marisnick: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marisnick lined out to third
        • J. Altuve: Altuve lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Collin McHugh relieved Hector Rondon
        • Jim Adduci hit for Grayson Greiner
        • J. Adduci: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Adduci grounded out to second
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
        • D. Lugo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lugo struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • L. Coleman Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bregman hit by pitch
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel hit by pitch, Bregman to second
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez lined out to left
        • Ca. Correa: Ball, Bregman to third, Gurriel to second on passed ball, Correa intentionally walked
        • Daniel Stumpf relieved Louis Coleman
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reddick flied out to right
        • Victor Alcantara relieved Daniel Stumpf
        • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, White grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jake Marisnick in center field
        • Hector Rondon relieved Joe Smith
        • J. Candelario: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Stewart singled to center
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Castellanos flied out to right
        • V. Martinez: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Martinez singled to right, Stewart to second
        • Victor Reyes ran for Victor Martinez
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Buck Farmer relieved Jordan Zimmermann
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick flied out to deep left
        • T. White: Strike looking, Foul, White flied out to center
        • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCann walked
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Kemp walked, McCann to second
        • Louis Coleman relieved Buck Farmer
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Joe Smith relieved Will Harris
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Foul, Rodriguez grounded out to first
        • D. Lugo: Ball, Ball, Lugo grounded out to third
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gurriel lined out to left
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez lined out to center
        • Ca. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Will Harris relieved Framber Valdez
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Castellanos struck out looking
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • G. Greiner: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Greiner struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • Ca. Correa: Strike looking, Correa grounded out to third
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Reddick safe at first on shortstop Goodrum throwing error
        • T. White: Foul, Strike looking, White homered to left center, Reddick scored
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, McCann popped out to third
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kemp singled to left
        • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Altuve singled to center, Kemp to third
        • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bregman popped out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
        • F. Valdez Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Martinez lined out to right
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goodrum doubled to shallow right
        • G. Greiner: Foul, Strike looking, Greiner grounded out to shortstop, Goodrum to third
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rodriguez walked
        • D. Lugo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lugo singled to left, Goodrum scored, Rodriguez to second
        • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Jones homered to left, Rodriguez and Lugo scored
        • J. Candelario: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Candelario doubled to deep left
        • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bregman flied out to center
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel popped out to shortstop
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Gonzalez lined out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Valdez Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Ball, Jones popped out to first
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Candelario singled to left
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stewart walked, Candelario to second
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos grounded out to second, Stewart out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked
        • T. White: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Reddick to second on 1st baseman Rodriguez fielding error, Foul, Ball, White flied out to center
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp homered to right, Reddick scored
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • F. Valdez Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Foul, Goodrum grounded out to pitcher
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Greiner walked
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Rodriguez struck out looking
        • D. Lugo: Lugo grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Altuve homered to left
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel singled to right
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to third, Gurriel to second
        • Ca. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Correa flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Valdez Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Candelario grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Stewart walked
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Martinez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Stewart out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)