Tigers back Ver­lan­der in bash­ing of Astros

The Star Democrat - - SPORTS -

DETROIT (TNS) — Justin Ver­lan­der and Justin Up­ton made sure the Detroit Tigers were just fine Sun­day af­ter­noon against the Amer­i­can-League lead­ing Hous­ton Astros.

Ver­lan­der pitched six shutout in­nings and Up­ton tied a ca­reer-high with six RBIs, lead­ing the Tigers past the Astros, 13-1, at Comer­ica Park.

Up­ton hit a grand slam as part of a five-run sev­enth in­ning and fin­ished 4-for-5. It was the fifth time Up­ton has driven in six runs in a game in his ca­reer.

Fans gave Ver­lan­der a stand­ing ova­tion af­ter he re­tired the Astros in or­der in the sixth. He gave them a quick hat tip af­ter walk­ing off the field, per­haps for the fi­nal time, though the trade ru­mors have died down lately.

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