Astros finally beat Tigers, 7-5 with 2-run 9th

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DETROIT Brandon Barnes caught Miguel Cabrera's bases-loaded drive against the wall in right-center field for the final out, and the Houston Astros avoided a season sweep against the Detroit Tigers with a 7-5 victory Wednesday.

Carlos Corporan hit a tiebreaking double in the top of the ninth for the Astros, who lost their first six meetings with the Tigers by a combined 50-12.

Jose Veras pitched the ninth for his fifth save in seven chances. He walked two and hit a batter, but Cabrera's drive came a few feet short of winning the game.

Hector Ambriz (1-2) got the win.

Al Alburquerque (0-1) walked J.D. Martinez starting the ninth, and Corporan followed with a drive to the gap in left-center off left-hander Phil Coke.


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