Tigers snatched another spring victory over Astros.

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  • Tigers snatched another spring victory over Astros.

Tigers snatched another spring victory over Astros.

Detroit Tigers once again showed their dominance over Houston Astros after winning their game on Sunday by 8-4. Tigers have won three out of their last four games against Astros in this spring. Here is some of the highlights of the game.

Victor Martinez's first inning line drive single scored Ryan Raburn to extend the Tigers' lead to two. With two men on, Ryan Raburn singled through the left side to score Will Rhymes for the Tiger's third run of the game in the second inning.the same inning,  Miguel Cabrera widens the Tiger's lead to five runs with his bases-clearing double. The first run came for Astros when Ryan Raburn misplayed Oswaldo Navarro's single to left, allowing Carlos Corporan to come home. Tommy Manzella knocked in the Astros' second run with an RBI triple in the second inning, cutting into the Tigers' lead to 5-2 till the end of second inning.  Miguel Cabrera increased the Tiger's lead to 7-2 with his solo shot to deep center in the top of the sixth.

The atmosphere became pretty intense when Valdez threw inside fastball to Tigers’ Victor Martinez in the sixth innings. Right after the Valdez threw, Martinez come out of the batter’s box and exchange some harsh words with Veldez. However things got settled before anything escalated

"I think he tried to make me lose my mind or something because I didn't try to hit him," Valdez said. "I know he didn't like the fastball in."

Carlos Lee put two runs on the board for the Astros with his shot to deep center in the bottom of the eighth. In the ninth inning, Javier Azcona hit a ground ball up the middle to score Bryan Holaday from second, plating the Tiger's eighth run. No run was scored in the bottom of the ninth inning and the score finally settled for 8-4 for Tigers.  

Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez had a long job to do with the pitch. He threw 90 pitches to complete his three innings and was wavered at times with his pitches. The spring hasnt been good for the senior campaigner who gave up five runs on six hits and four walks in sunday game. He is 0-3 this spring with Expensive 8.04 ERA.

"I felt strong, but I missed a lot. You can see that. A lot of walks," said Rodriguez. "I think that was my big problem today. I felt strong and I tried to throw too hard."

On the other hand Brad Penny was more authentic with his pitch by allowing only two walks in six pitches. He struck out four out of the 24 hitters he faced.

 

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