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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Five key plays in the Tigers' 2-0 win over the Astros Monday

DETROIT — Five key plays in the Tigers’ 2-0 win over the Astros on Monday.

• Seventh inning >> After an error and a walk put two on, Andrew Romine laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to put both in scoring position, and Rajai Davis singled through the drawn-in infield for the game’s first run. Davis is hitting .435 (10-for-23) with runners in scoring position this season. [CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO]

• Eighth inning >> Right after being posted to a 1-0 lead, Max Scherzer walked the Astros’ No. 8 hitter, Marc Krauss, to lead off the next half-inning. Jonathan Villar singled to put two on with one out, but Scherzer got out of it with a strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out double play, with Alex Avila gunning out Krauss’ pinch runner, Marwin Gonzalez, at third. [CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO]

• Eighth inning >> Victor Martinez added an insurance run with a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the eighth, off Wayne State and Trenton High product Anthony Bass. It extended his hitting streak to eight games. [CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO]

• Fifth inning >> Ian Kinsler is hit by a pitch with one out, and proceeds to swipe his first base since April 17. Until replay overturns it, that is. Astros manager Bo Porter challenged the initial safe ruling, and replay (after a delay of 1:42) showed that the high tag from Jose Altuve came down before Kinsler’s feet came down on the bag.

• First inning >> The Tigers had runners on the corners after an error and a single to start the game, but Jarred Cosart got out of the potential jam pretty easily with a double play to the first baseman off the bat of Miguel Cabrera. Ian Kinsler was caught off third and doubled off. Victor Martinez struck out looking to end the inning. [CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO]


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