Springer's catch helps Astros hold off Tigers 5-4

DETROIT (AP) George Springer understood the situation as he was about to dive for Dawel Lugo's line drive in the eighth inning.

''I could tell I was either going to get to it, or this is going to be a really bad play,'' the Houston outfielder said. ''I'm happy that I got to it.''

Springer made the catch to help preserve Houston's lead, and the Astros swept a series at Comerica Park for the first time, wrapping up a three-game set with a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. The Tigers had a man on first with two outs in the eighth when Lugo hit a liner down the line in right field. Springer made a diving catch . If he had missed and the ball had skipped past, the tying run would have scored.

''I think George on his own took a step toward the line to start the play,'' Houston manager AJ Hinch said. ''Got a great jump on it. With the runner in motion, a lot of bad can happen if he doesn't come up with that, but it's the right play to dive. Certainly the right play to be aggressive.''

It was the 13th series sweep of the season for the Astros, who have won 10 of their last 11 games. Houston entered with a three-game lead over Oakland atop the AL West.

Gerrit Cole (14-5) allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out nine.

Josh James pitched three innings in relief, allowing a two-run homer by Nicholas Castellanos in the seventh that pulled the Tigers within a run. Ryan Pressly pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.

James McCann also homered for Detroit. Daniel Norris (0-4) allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

''I started running out of gas in the third inning, which is frustrating, because that's not how you want to feel,'' said Norris, who returned from the disabled list Sept. 1 after missing much of the season with a groin injury. ''I got through four with a lot of weak contact, but I started missing spots in the fifth and they have great hitters.''

Houston trailed 2-1 before scoring four runs in the fifth. Alex Bregman put the Astros ahead with a two-run double, and Tyler White added a sacrifice fly. An RBI double by Marwin Gonzalez made it 5-2.

Bregman opened the scoring with an RBI single in the third. Mikie Mahtook answered with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning, and McCann led off the Detroit fourth with a homer.

The Astros swept a three-game series at Tiger Stadium in 1998, but they'd never done it at Detroit's current ballpark, which opened in 2000.

LEADERS

Cole moved into the American League lead in strikeouts with 260, two more than teammate Justin Verlander. Bregman has a major league-best 50 doubles, along with 100 runs and 100 RBIs. The last player to reach all three of those marks in one season was Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, who had 101 runs, 52 doubles and 109 RBIs in 2014.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: C Martin Maldonado was shaken up in the fifth when Detroit's Ronny Rodriguez caught him on the left arm with the bat while following through on a swing. Maldonado stayed in the game.

Tigers: SS Niko Goodrum left the game with a right quad contusion after he collided with LF Christin Stewart when Stewart went to the ground to make the catch on a shallow fly in the second.

UP NEXT

Houston is off Thursday before hosting a three-game series against Arizona. Dallas Keuchel (11-10) starts the opener for the Astros on Friday night.

Detroit also has an off day before three games at Cleveland. Matthew Boyd (9-12) takes the mound for the Tigers on Friday night against Josh Tomlin (1-5).

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  • W: G. Cole (14-5)L: D. Norris (0-4)S: R. Pressly (1)
  • HR: DET - N. Castellanos (21), J. McCann (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Springer RF51200001.261.342.431.7723.0
A. Bregman 3B51230011.296.398.556.9546.5
Y. Gurriel 2B-1B40000013.277.311.405.716-0.5
T. White 1B20010000.303.383.612.9952.0
J. Reddick LF00000000.239.310.379.6890.0
C. Correa SS31000103.239.323.405.7282.0
M. Gonzalez LF-2B40210010.246.321.412.7323.5
E. Gattis DH40000022.226.283.468.752-1.0
M. Maldonado C41100000.224.279.360.6392.0
J. Marisnick CF31200101.208.268.385.6533.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Candelario 3B41000131.227.314.404.7180.5
    C. Stewart LF40100112.250.400.333.7332.5
    N. Castellanos DH41121013.294.350.492.8426.5
    N. Goodrum SS10000011.236.310.431.741-0.5
    R. Rodriguez SS20000121.214.259.331.5900.0
    M. Mahtook RF40110001.210.287.355.6422.0
    J. Adduci 1B40100023.284.308.404.7120.0
    J. McCann C41111022.221.268.321.5885.0
    D. Lugo 2B30000111.255.314.319.6330.5
    V. Reyes CF31000112.237.256.309.5661.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (50), M. Gonzalez (23)
      • SF - T. White
      • RBI - A. Bregman 3 (100), T. White (38), M. Gonzalez (61)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Gonzalez (26)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman, C. Correa 3 (3), E. Gattis 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Stewart
      • HR - N. Castellanos (21), J. McCann (8)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos 2 (81), M. Mahtook (22), J. McCann (35)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos 2 (40), M. Mahtook (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Goodrum, M. Mahtook, J. Adduci 2 (2), D. Lugo, V. Reyes 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Marisnick (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Correa (6)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Rodriguez (9)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (W, 14-5)5.03224912.881.0417.5
      J. James (H, 2)3.02221414.220.946.0
      R. Pressly (S, 1)1.00000102.711.1310.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (W, 14-5)5.0
      J. James (H, 2)3.0
      R. Pressly (S, 1)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Norris (L, 0-4)4.28551306.141.40-5.5
      S. Baez2.11000000.000.625.0
      Z. Reininger1.00000206.921.624.0
      S. Greene1.00001004.781.342.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Norris (L, 0-4)4.2
      S. Baez2.1
      Z. Reininger1.0
      S. Greene1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 99-65, J. James 38-28, R. Pressly 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 3-4, J. James 2-3, R. Pressly 1-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 23, J. James 12, R. Pressly 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Norris (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 89-59, S. Baez 29-17, Z. Reininger 14-10, S. Greene 16-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Baez 2-5, Z. Reininger 1-0, S. Greene 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Norris 24, S. Baez 8, Z. Reininger 3, S. Greene 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF51200001.261.342.431.7723.0
      A. Bregman 3B51230011.296.398.556.9546.5
      Y. Gurriel 2B-1B40000013.277.311.405.716-0.5
      T. White 1B20010000.303.383.612.9952.0
      J. Reddick LF00000000.239.310.379.6890.0
      C. Correa SS31000103.239.323.405.7282.0
      M. Gonzalez LF-2B40210010.246.321.412.7323.5
      E. Gattis DH40000022.226.283.468.752-1.0
      M. Maldonado C41100000.224.279.360.6392.0
      J. Marisnick CF31200101.208.268.385.6533.0
      Total3459502511-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Candelario 3B41000131.227.314.404.7180.5
        C. Stewart LF40100112.250.400.333.7332.5
        N. Castellanos DH41121013.294.350.492.8426.5
        N. Goodrum SS10000011.236.310.431.741-0.5
        R. Rodriguez SS20000121.214.259.331.5900.0
        M. Mahtook RF40110001.210.287.355.6422.0
        J. Adduci 1B40100023.284.308.404.7120.0
        J. McCann C41111022.221.268.321.5885.0
        D. Lugo 2B30000111.255.314.319.6330.5
        V. Reyes CF31000112.237.256.309.5661.5
        Total33454251417-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Bregman (50), M. Gonzalez (23)
          • SF - T. White
          • RBI - A. Bregman 3 (100), T. White (38), M. Gonzalez (61)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Gonzalez (26)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman, C. Correa 3 (3), E. Gattis 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Stewart
          • HR - N. Castellanos (21), J. McCann (8)
          • RBI - N. Castellanos 2 (81), M. Mahtook (22), J. McCann (35)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos 2 (40), M. Mahtook (7)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Goodrum, M. Mahtook, J. Adduci 2 (2), D. Lugo, V. Reyes 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - J. Marisnick (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - C. Correa (6)
          FIELDING
          • E - R. Rodriguez (9)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Cole (W, 14-5)5.03224912.881.0417.5
          J. James (H, 2)3.02221414.220.946.0
          R. Pressly (S, 1)1.00000102.711.1310.5
          Total9.05445142---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Cole (W, 14-5)5.0
          J. James (H, 2)3.0
          R. Pressly (S, 1)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Norris (L, 0-4)4.28551306.141.40-5.5
          S. Baez2.11000000.000.625.0
          Z. Reininger1.00000206.921.624.0
          S. Greene1.00001004.781.342.0
          Total9.0955250---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Norris (L, 0-4)4.2
          S. Baez2.1
          Z. Reininger1.0
          S. Greene1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 99-65, J. James 38-28, R. Pressly 15-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 3-4, J. James 2-3, R. Pressly 1-1
          • Batters Faced - G. Cole 23, J. James 12, R. Pressly 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - D. Norris (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 89-59, S. Baez 29-17, Z. Reininger 14-10, S. Greene 16-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Baez 2-5, Z. Reininger 1-0, S. Greene 1-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Norris 24, S. Baez 8, Z. Reininger 3, S. Greene 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Castellanos homered to left, Reyes scored54
          • 5TH INNING
            Gonzalez doubled to deep left, Correa scored52
            White hit sacrifice fly to center, Bregman scored42
            Bregman doubled to left, Marisnick and Springer scored32
          • 4TH INNING
            McCann homered to right12
          • 3RD INNING
            Mahtook singled to center, Candelario scored, Rodriguez to third11
            Bregman singled to left, Maldonado scored, Springer to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Shane Greene relieved Zac Reininger
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marisnick walked
            • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Marisnick caught stealing second, catcher to second, Strike looking, Springer grounded out to third
            • A. Bregman: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman popped out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Josh Reddick in left field
            • Ryan Pressly relieved Josh James
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Reyes grounded out to first
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Stewart flied out to right
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Zac Reininger relieved Sandy Baez
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
            • M. Maldonado: Foul, Maldonado grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. James Pitching:
            • M. Mahtook: Mahtook grounded out to third
            • J. Adduci: Strike looking, Adduci singled to shallow center
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Strike looking, Lugo lined out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Baez Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel flied out to deep left
            • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, White flied out to center
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Correa popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. James Pitching:
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Candelario flied out to right
            • C. Stewart: Foul, Stewart fouled out to third
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Castellanos homered to left, Reyes scored
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Baez Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Maldonado lined out to pitcher
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Marisnick reached on an infield single to shortstop, Marisnick to second on shortstop Rodriguez throwing error
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Springer grounded out to second, Marisnick to third
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • Josh James relieved Gerrit Cole
            • J. Adduci: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, McCann grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Lugo: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lugo struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Marisnick singled to left center
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Springer singled to left, Marisnick to second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman doubled to left, Marisnick and Springer scored
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel flied out to deep left, Bregman to third
            • T. White: Strike looking, Foul, White hit sacrifice fly to center, Bregman scored
            • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Correa walked
            • M. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Gonzalez doubled to deep left, Correa scored
            • Sandy Baez relieved Daniel Norris
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Gattis flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Stewart walked
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • M. Mahtook: Foul, Ball, Ball, Mahtook fouled out to catcher
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez popped out to second
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
            • M. Maldonado: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Maldonado flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, McCann homered to right
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Lugo flied out to left
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Ronny Rodriguez at shortstop
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Maldonado singled to right
            • J. Marisnick: Foul, Ball, Marisnick flied out to center
            • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Springer singled to right, Maldonado to third
            • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Foul, Bregman singled to left, Maldonado scored, Springer to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Gurriel popped out to shortstop
            • T. White: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, White hit by pitch, Springer to third, Bregman to second
            • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Foul, Correa flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked
            • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos lined out to center
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez walked, Candelario to second
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mahtook singled to center, Candelario scored, Rodriguez to third
            • J. Adduci: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • T. White: Strike looking, White flied out to shallow right
            • C. Correa: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Correa fouled out to first
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike (foul tip), Gonzalez singled to center
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Gattis flied out to shallow left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mahtook safe at first on shortstop Correa fielding error
            • J. Adduci: Ball, Adduci reached on fielder's choice to second, Mahtook out at second
            • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lugo walked, Adduci to second
            • V. Reyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Reyes grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Springer lined out to right
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Gurriel struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • C. Stewart: Stewart doubled to deep left
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Castellanos flied out to center
            • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)