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Framber Valdez throws seven strong innings and Astros uses a late 4-run rally to beat Tigers 5-2

DETROIT (AP) — Framber Valdez pitched seven strong innings and the Houston Astros used a four-run eighth inning to rally past the Detroit Tigers 5-2 on Friday night.

Kyle Tucker homered and scored twice for Houston, which won two straight after a four-game skid.

Valdez (2-1) gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings. He has a 2.49 ERA in eight career games against the Tigers, including seven starts.

Detroit (19-19) has lost six of seven and dropped to .500 for the first time this season.

Trailing 2-1, Jose Altuve led off the eighth with a single off Andrew Chafin (2-1) and Tucker walked before Yordan Alvarez tied the score with a single down the rightfield line. Jason Foley replaced Chafin, but Jeremy Peña hit an RBI single on his first pitch.

Jon Singleton hit a force to second base to put runners on the corners, and Alex Bregman’s grounder to third went through Matt Vierling’s legs and caused an error. Yanier Diaz followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.

Bryan Abreu pitched the eighth for Houston and Josh Hader earned his fifth save after closing out the ninth.

Tigers starter Casey Mize allowed one run on five hits and did not walk a batter after the first inning.

Houston had a chance in the first inning when Mize walked Altuve and Tucker to start the game, but escaped the inning after Peña called a third strike on a 3-2 pitch.

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the third after Jake Rogers and Andy Ibáñez led off with singles and scored on Vierling’s double.

Tucker opened the sixth inning with a long home run off Mize, his twelfth of the season, but Houston didn’t get anything else going until the eighth.

The Tigers debuted their blue City Connect jerseys — the first time they’ve worn anything other than white at home since 1995 — and had an organist for the first time in more than 40 years.

TRAINER’S ROOM

The Astros are expected to activate RHP Cristian Javier from the injured list on Saturday. Javier, who missed eighteen games due to neck pain, will start Saturday’s match.

NEXT ONE

The teams continue the weekend series with Detroit top LHP Tarik Skubal (4-0, 1.90) taking on Javier (2-0, 1.54).

AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB