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DETROIT (AP) — For five innings Evan Longoria Jersey , the Houston Astros were one pitch away from blowing an important game.Their relievers never gave the Tigers that pitch.Five Houston relievers threw shutout innings, and the Astros’ three early homers held up in a 5-4 victory over Detroit on Tuesday night.“None of those guys had a margin for error,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said.Houston maintained a three-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the AL West.Jose Altuve homered on the first pitch of the game, and the Astros hit two more homers in the first four innings to go up 5-0.Houston starter Framber Valdez, though, couldn’t maintain that big lead.Valdez allowed four runs in the bottom of the fourth, including a three-run homer by JaCoby Jones. That ended his night and started a parade from the Houston bullpen.Will Harris (4-3) struck out the side in the fifth, allowing one walk, and Joe Smith pitched a perfect sixth.Hector Rondon gave up two hits in the seventh but got out of the jam, and Collin McHugh and Roberto Osuna retired the last six batters in order. Osuna struck out rookie Christin Stewart to end the game and earn his 17th save in 18 opportunities.“It’s hard to pick which was my favorite reliever of the night, because they all came in and were effective,” Hinch said. “The way the game started, I didn’t expect a bullpen day, but I looked up and it was suddenly a one-run game.”Jordan Zimmermann (7-7) allowed five runs on six hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three.“I just didn’t have my best stuff,” he said. “My fastball command wasn’t there , so my first pitch wasn’t where I wanted it and Altuve’s a great hitter. It seems like my starts lately have been very good or very bad.”Detroit got four scoreless innings from its bullpen.“Those guys did a fantastic job of keeping us in the game,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “They’ve got so many great arms in their bullpen, though, and we could never get one more big hit.”After Altuve gave Houston the early lead, Tony Kemp hit a two-run homer in the second inning.Tyler White hit Houston’s third homer, a two-run shot into the Astros bullpen with one out in the fourth.“We try to get runs any way we can,” White said. “Altuve starting the game with a homer was an unbelievable way to get us going, and then Kempie came up with a big swing.”The Tigers scored all their runs with two outs in the fourth. With runners on the corners, Dawel Lugo hit what looked like a routine grounder to short, but the ball took a bad hop and went over Carlos Correa’s head for an RBI single.Jones then lined a 3-1 fastball into the left-field stands for his 11th homer of the season.“I needed to refocus after the bad hop, because that’s something I can’t control,” Valdez said through a translator. “It’s just something that happens.”Jones came into the game hitting .183 with 51 strikeouts in his last 40 games but managed five homers during the slump.“He can always hit a baseball a long way,” Gardenhire said. “The problem comes when he tries to hit home runs. That screws him up, and he starts chasing. When he stays in the strike zone, he’s a good hitter.”Houston missed a chance to add to its lead in the seventh.Louis Coleman hit the first two batters Carlos Gomez Jersey , and a passed ball moved the runners to second and third with one out. Gardenhire intentionally walked Correa, loading the bases, and brought in lefty Daniel Stumpf.Stumpf got Josh Reddick to pop out and was immediately replaced by right-handed Victor Alcantara. Tyler White hit a hard grounder to third and was originally ruled safe after Jeimer Candelario didn’t field the ball cleanly. However, a replay review showed the throw beat White to first, ending the inning.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: Kemp stayed in the game after being hit on the right elbow by a pickoff attempt from Zimmermann. Alex Bregman (leg) and Yuli Gurriel (arm) both needed attention after being hit by Coleman.UP NEXTThe teams finish the three-game series on Wednesday afternoon with Detroit’s Daniel Norris (0-3, 5.47 ERA) facing Houston’s Gerrit Cole (13-5, 2.86). DENVER — Two surging teams will meet when the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies begin a weekend series Friday.The Cardinals (71-57), who were off Thursday, just completed their first three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium since 2006 to climb a season-high 14 games over .500. They are 17-4 this month and 24-11 under interim manager Mike Shildt, who replaced Mike Matheny on July 15.The Cardinals have won eight straight road games and 13 of their past 15 games overall.Article continues below ...“It’s a hungry group,” Shildt told reporters Wednesday night after the Cardinals again came from behind to beat Los Angeles 3-1. “And once you have success, you want more. There is no satisfaction in this game. The game doesn’t rest or hold up for anybody. It’s a hungry group that shows up and builds on what they’ve done.”Miles Mikolas (13-3, 2.80) will start for the Cardinals against Antonio Senzatela (4-3 4.47). The Cardinals are 18-7 in games started by Mikolas, who has the most wins of any pitcher in his first year with the Cardinals since Kyle Lohse went 15-6 in 2008. Mikolas has made nine straight starts without a loss, dating from July 4. During that stretch , he’s 5-0, 3.17 and has allowed four home runs in 54 innings.St. Louis has won eight of those nine starts, including 3-2 Aug. 2 at Busch Stadium when Mikolas opposed Senzatela and held the Rockies to two runs (one earned) in seven innings but wasn’t involved in the decision.The Rockies (70-57) on Thursday won the rubber game of their series with the Padres 4-3 when Ian Desmond hit a two-run walk-off homer. It was the seventh walk-off homer in franchise history when the Rockies were down to their final out.The Rockies, who are one game behind Arizona in the National League West, have won 10 of their past 12 games, and nine of those victories have been come-from-behind wins, including five in which they were trailing after eight innings. The Rockies have three walk-off wins in their past five home games.“I just sense from the time we walk through the clubhouse doors and we get together, there’s an expectation to win,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “No matter who we’re playing, night, day, rain, wind, cold, hot. Doesn’t matter. Our guys expect to win Sergio Romo Jersey , and we’re going to play an entire game.”Senzatela is 2-2, 3.60 in six starts since returning to the rotation July 3. He held the Cardinals to one run in six innings Aug. 2 in a no-decision at St. Louis and then went on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Reinstated Saturday, Senzatela gave up two runs in five innings at Atlanta before the Rockies won 5-3 in 10 innings.On Thursday, the Rockies selected the contract of left fielder Matt Holliday from Triple-A Albuquerque, where he hit .346 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 15 games after returning to the Rockies organization where he began his career. He went 0-for-3 and played six innings Thursday before being lifted for defensive purposes in his first appearance for the Rockies since Sept. 25, 2008.A seven-time All-Star, Holliday spent 7 1/2 seasons with the Cardinals and played on six teams that advanced to the postseason, two that reached the World Series and one that won it. Holliday is expected to play left field occasionally and provide the Rockies with a right-handed power bat off the bench.“I took this day to day,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect, how I would feel. The one thing I do have is experience. I’ve seen thousands of pitches and faced tons of pitchers over my career. I came into this with no expectations of how I would feel and how it would go. Really just taking it day-to-day, and I’ve been pleased with how it’s gone.”
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