Tigers blow another late lead

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera catches a ball hit by Houston Astros' Derek Fisher for an out during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 28, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


AP Baseball Writer

DETROIT — Josh Reddick hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, lifting the Houston Astros to a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

The Astros trailed 5-3 when Detroit brought in reliever Bruce Rondon (1-2) to start the eighth. He allowed singles to Derek Fisher and Jose Altuve before Reddick’s drive sailed beyond the right field wall.

Reddick drove in five runs, and the Astros won despite getting only three innings from starter Dallas Keuchel in the left-hander’s return from a neck injury. Brad Peacock (9-1) allowed two runs in four innings of relief, then Chris Devenski pitched the eighth and Ken Giles finished for his 22nd save in 24 chances.

Marwin Gonzalez also homered for the AL West-leading Astros. Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera went deep for Detroit.

Altuve had three hits, extending his hitting streak to 19 games and raising his American League-leading average to .369.

Keuchel, who hadn’t pitched since June 2, allowed three runs and six hits in three innings, walking three and striking out three. He’s 9-0 this year and has won his last 11 decisions, a streak that only stayed alive because of Houston’s late rally.

He allowed a three-run homer to Castellanos in the second that put the Tigers ahead 3-1. Cabrera’s home run made it 4-2 in the fifth, but Gonzalez answered the following inning.

Mikie Mahtook gave the Tigers a 5-3 lead in the seventh when he hustled all the way from first and scored on Victor Martinez’s single to right.

Jordan Zimmermann allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings for the Tigers, but Detroit squandered the lead. Rondon was ejected from the Detroit’s previous game, a 16-2 loss to Kansas City on Wednesday night, for hitting Mike Moustakas with a pitch. He retired only one batter Friday — and by then he had already given up the lead.