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Detroit Tigers: Houston takes game two off of Turnbull

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HOUSTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 20: Jack Mayfield #9 of the Houston Astros stands on third base as Dawel Lugo #18 of the Detroit Tigers watches a ground ball by Jose Altuve #27 stay fair as umpire Alfonso Marquez #72 makes the call in the second inning at Minute Maid Park on August 20, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 20: Jack Mayfield #9 of the Houston Astros stands on third base as Dawel Lugo #18 of the Detroit Tigers watches a ground ball by Jose Altuve #27 stay fair as umpire Alfonso Marquez #72 makes the call in the second inning at Minute Maid Park on August 20, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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The Detroit Tigers played the second game of a four-game series tonight in Houston and lost 3-6 behind starter Spencer Turnbull.

The Detroit Tigers continued their series in Houston tonight with Spencer Turnbull on the mound. Turnbull gave it up very early, giving up two runs in the first and three more in the second, and Detroit’s offense couldn’t retake the lead. The Tigers would go on to lose the game 3-6.

Tonight’s game was similar to last night’s. Both teams got off to hot starts with the bats, but Houston came out slightly ahead. Detroit has recorded more hits in both games, but fewer runs. The fact that Detroit has been able to keep a decent pace with Houston is a positive sign moving forward, as the Astros are likely going to be World Series contenders.

Spencer Turnbull earned himself his 12th loss on the year, giving up five earned runs over 3.0 innings. Turnbull was clearly struggling with control tonight, walking three batters during these three innings. The bullpen picked up his slack again, only allowing one earned run over the remaining six innings, but the offense was left with a tall task against Houston’s pitching.

Detroit got plenty of hits, 10 on the night, but could not convert on a number of occasions. Victor Reyes has been a ray of hope for the Tigers recently, and he had another great night tonight, going 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. Reyes has all but secured a spot in the lineup for the time being, even when Christin Stewart and JaCoby Jones eventually return.

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The Tigers continue their series against the Astros tomorrow at 8:10 p.m. EST. They will get a chance to face their former teammate and Cy Young winner, Justin Verlander. Verlander is having another all-star season for Houston, with a 15-4 record and a 2.81 ERA. He will face off against Daniel Norris for Detroit. Norris is looking to get things back on track after a rough loss last time out.

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