HOUSTON (AP) - Wilson Ramos scored two home runs and Renato Núñez and rookie Akil Baddoo scored for two games in a row as the Detroit Tigers beat the Houston Astros 8-2 on Tuesday night.
Ramos stepped on the clean-up site with Miguel Cabrera sidelined with a biceps injury, and his six homers are leading the majors.
“Miggy is one of the leaders of this team and we need him back,” said Ramos. “But since he’s not here right now, I have to take the seat he left. I am very happy with what I am doing right now. I don’t want to be Miggy’s bat, but I want to support my team. “
Baddoo, an election under Rule 5,has made a scorching start to his Major League career with four homers in eight games, and Nomar Mazara also scored to give the Tigers a season high of five long balls when they won their second straight after a four-game skid.
“We put them in the strike zone,” said Detroit manager AJ Hinch. “I think we were selective and punished some mistakes when they made mistakes.”
The Tigers spoiled the Astros debut of Jake Odorizzi (0-1), who had a late start to the season after his signature on March 8th. Detroit marked him for seven hits and five runs, including three homers, in 3 1/3 innings to give the Astros their fourth straight loss after a 6-1 start.
“It’s up to me,” said Odorizzi. “Every timeif you give up multiple runs in an inning during play, it is usually difficult to come back. Maybe you treat it as a learning tool and try to move away from it and attack it. A short area in the left panel is another aspect and I got my first hand experience tonight. “
On his first visit to his former team, Hinch won the first two games and secured the Tigers' first series win against the Astros since July 28-30, 2017 and the first series win in Houston since May 2-5 2013. Hinch was suspended from MLB for a year in January 2020 and subsequently fired by Astros for his role in the team’s sign theft scandal before being hired by Detroit that off-season.
Detroit starter Matthew Boyd (2-1) scored six hits and one run in 6 2/3 innings.
Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel hit straight singles in the second run with no outs, and Alvarez scored the 1-0 on a single from Myles Straw. But Boyd knocked out Jason Castro and Jose Altuve to limit the damage first of ten thugs in a row Boyd had retired. He allowed a single apiece in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Tigers tied it up in the third with Baddoo’s Homer in the places in the left field. The ball landed in a sea of Astros fans in orange and dark blue jerseys. But a lone fan in a white Detroit jersey in the middle of the group picked it up off the ground and beamed,as he held it up in the air.
Jeimer Candelario, who scored two goals, doubled up to open the fourth before Mazara’s Homer went out to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead. Jonathan Schoop singled and Núñez made it 5-1 with his shot to left field.
There was an on and an off in the fifth as Ramos blew up his fifth homer this season to extend the lead to 7-1.
With two outs in ninth, he reconnected to right field, this time free from Nivaldo Rodriguez.
LONG BALL LIMITATION
The Astros gave up 13 homers during their four game skid.
“They’ve been knocking the ball out of the stadium with consistency for the past four days,” said Dusty Baker, Houston manager.“We have to find a way not to give up on these Homers. This ballpark helps, but we play in this ballpark too. We have to find a way to keep the ball from going over the fence. “
Detroit’s Michael Fulmer (0-0, 2.57 ERA) is up against Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 1.80) as the Tigers attempt to claim victory on Wednesday night.
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