Valdez’s streak of quality starts reaches 24 in complete-game shutout as Astros overpower Tigers in opener

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Valdez’s streak of quality starts reaches 24 in complete-game shutout as Astros overpower Tigers in opener

With plenty of runs to back him up, Framber Valdez tossed an impressive, efficient complete-game shutout as the Astros took the first of the three-game set against the Tigers, 7-0. 

With the quality start, Valdez’s streak goes to 24, tying Jacob DeGrom (2018) for the most consecutive in a single season. One more will break that tie, while 26 is the overall streak record by DeGrom across 2018 and early 2019. 

Astros grab an early lead in another successful night at the plate

After scoring a healthy dozen runs the day prior, the Astros kicked off the new series with the Tigers the same way they left their previous with the Angels: driving in runs. Jose Altuve led the game off with a single before coming in to score on an RBI single by Jeremy Pena. Pena would come across to make it 2-0 later in the inning on an RBI single by Alex Bregman.

Houston worked the bases full in the top of the third with one out but only came away with one run to make it 3-0. They tacked on two more in the top of the fifth, pushing the lead to 5-0 on RBI by Kyle Tucker and Yuli Gurriel. Tucker would add two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth, going to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs and delivering with a two-RBI single. 

Valdez’s streak stays alive and well in gem

The early runs set Valdez up with a lead to work with as soon as he took the mound. He erased a walk and single in the first and, thanks to some strong defense behind him, was able to keep the Tigers off the board despite a string of hits by Detroit in the third and fourth innings.

He settled in nicely after that, allowing a single to lead off the bottom of the sixth, a one-out single in the eighth, but retiring the rest of the batters he faced en route to the complete-game shutout to start the series off with a Houston win. 

News and notes

An encore for Brown?: After a very impressive six-inning, shutout outing to begin his major-league career, Hunter Brown (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will return to the mound for the Astros in tomorrow’s middle game against the Tigers in his hometown.

Clinch season: While the Astros square off in this series against the Tigers, who are already officially eliminated from the playoffs, other teams are starting to track their magic number. The Dodgers celebrated on Sunday thinking they had clinched a playoff berth, but MLB admitted to overlooking a wild scenario which means their magic number is still 1. 

Looking to join the 20/20 club: With teammate Kyle Tucker already reaching the 20 homers, 20 steals mark in 2022, Jose Altuve is trying to join him. With 24 homers in 2022, Altuve swiped his 17th bag Monday night against Detroit, putting him three away. 

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