Houston Astros complete sweep of Detroit Tigers 5-0 on Sunday with grand slam, sterling pitching


Associated Press

HOUSTON — Aledmys Diaz hit a grand slam, Jake Odorizzi threw five innings of one-hit ball and the Houston Astros beat the Detroit Tigers 5-0 on Sunday for a four-game sweep and their seventh straight win.

Diaz’s second home run of the season came in the third inning on a 92 mph fastball from Tigers reliever Drew Hutchison (0-3). It went 347 feet to left-center field, scoring Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez for a 4-0 lead.

“It was great, especially on this day,” Diaz said. “There was a lot of emotion in that swing. I texted my mom, and she’s very happy. I said, ‘I did it for you,’ and I’m pretty happy about that.”

Bregman later padded the lead with a solo homer off Joe Jimenez for his fifth home run of the season.

Houston finished a red-hot homestand against Seattle and Detroit 7-0. When the homestand began, they were 11-11.

Odorizzi (3-2) allowed one hit in five innings, while striking out five. The veteran right-hander has allowed just one run across his last three starts after allowing 12 runs in his first three starts of the season.

Cristian Javier pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Odorizzi. He struck out five and gave up no hits.

Detroit starter Wily Peralta pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out three before Detroit turned to Hutchison, who allowed four runs and two hits while striking out four.

The loss dropped the struggling Tigers to 8-19, the worst record in the American League.