Tigers top Astros 7-6 in extra innings on Matt Vierling’s late home run

Sep 5, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Hunter Brown (58) reacts after a strikeout against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Tigers top Astros 7-6 in extra innings on Matt Vierling’s late home run

The Astros struggled mightily on Monday night against a bad Tigers team, falling 7-6 in extra innings after Hector Neris gave up a huge bomb to Matt Vierling in the top of the 11th. The Astros fell to 3-4 with the loss. Here is how it happened:

Tigers beat up Brown

The Tigers scored all of three runs in their first three games, but they plated two against Hunter Brown in the second inning. They tallied four opposite-field hits in the inning, with catcher Eric Haase driving in two runs. Detroit would make it 4-0 in the fifth, chasing Brown. He gave up more runs to the Tigers in 4.2 innings than they had scored all season. Brown had some bad luck, but gave up those runs on six hits and three walks.


Alvarez, who has been off to a hot start despite just one home run before Monday, hit a Yordan bomb to tie it up at 4-4. The king of clutch – who will never be forgotten for his home run in Game 6 of the 2022 World Series – did it again to get the Astros back in the game. He added an RBI in the 10th, but it was not enough.


The Tigers scored a run off Bryan Abreu in the seventh to take a 5-4 lead. Jose Abreu would tie it up in the ninth on an 0-2 pitch off the wall of the Crawford Boxes that scored Alex Bregman, but the Astros would fall in extra innings.

News and Notes:

*Jeff Bagwell officially joined the organization on Monday. This has been in the works for a while. Bagwell is a sharp baseball man who will be a great addition.

*Mark Wahlberg on Astros star Alex Bregman: “He’s my favorite Yankee killer…I’m an Astros fan.”

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The Astros will play Game 2 of the series against the Tigers with ace Framber Valdez on the mound against Matt Manning. In the Astros’ opener, Valdez pitched six scoreless innings but did not factor in the decision.

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