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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Five key moments in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Astros

DETROIT — Five key moments from Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Astros.

First inning >> Miguel Cabrera hit his second home run in as many days, after hitting just two in the team’s first 27 games of the season. The opposite-field shot, which Astros right fielder George Springer got a glove on at the wall, put the Tigers up 2-0.

Second inning >> Andrew Romine had second base stolen cleanly, but was sent back to first when home plate umpire Seth Buckminster ruled that the batter, Rajai Davis, had interfered with the throw from Astros catcher Jason Castro. Davis was out. Romine tried again with Ian Kinsler batting, and was ruled out initially. The call was challenged by Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and overturned, but it all came for naught, anyway, when Kinsler struck out looking to end the inning.

Third inning >> Center fielder Don Kelly did not take a great route on a low line drive off the bat of Marwin Gonzalez, and it rolled all the way to the wall in left-center. He would go to third on a fly out and score on a Dexter Fowler groundout, cutting the Tigers’ lead to 2-1.

Sixth inning >> Victor Martinez padded the Tigers lead, choosing the easiest way to defeat a defensive shift: Hit it far, far over the top. It was his sixth home run already.

Seventh inning >> The Astros cut it to one again with a two-out rally that knocked Rick Porcello out of the game. Marc Krauss doubled, and scored two singles later on a hit by Gonzalez. Joba Chamberlain got Jose Altuve to ground out to end the threat, and went on to strike out the side in the eighth.


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