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Houston’s Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley team up to beat Detroit Tigers on Saturday, 3-2

The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, left, taps Astros second baseman Jose Altuve on the head after hitting a two-run double in the third inning on Saturday in Houston. It was Cabrera's 600th career double. (AP photo)

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON — Jose Altuve homered early, and Michael Brantley tripled in a two-run eighth to help the Houston Astros run their winning streak to a season-best six games with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. This was the third straight day the Astros defeated the Tigers by that score.

The win was manager Dusty Baker’s 2,004th, passing Bruce Bochy for 11th on the all-time list. Baker became the 12th manager in MLB history and first Black man to reach 2,000 wins on Tuesday night.

“That’s pretty cool,” Baker said of passing Bochy, the former San Francisco Giants manager and a good friend. “It was going to come sooner or later. I’m glad it came sooner rather than later. Now I can quit keeping lineup cards.”

The Astros trailed 2-1 in the eighth when Altuve singled with one out and scored on a triple to right field by Brantley to tie it. The Tigers intentionally walked Yordan Alvarez with two outs before Michael Fulmer (1-1) walked Yuli Gurriel to load the bases.

Another walk to Kyle Tucker scored Brantley to put Houston up 3-2.

“You’re going to have these days,” Fulmer said. “We’re on a skid like this and everybody does their job except me. It’s just tough. I tried to get back in the zone, tried to make adjustments. Obviously didn’t make them.”

Fulmer’s performance ended a streak of 21 straight games without allowing a run dating to Sept. 5, 2021, which was the second-longest active streak in the majors.

Miguel Cabrera doubled in the third inning to join Hank Aaron and Albert Pujols as the only players in MLB history to have at least 3,000 hits, 500 homers and 600 doubles in their careers. Cabrera, who got his 3,000th hit April 23, drove in two runs with that double to pass Frank Robinson (1,812) for 19th on the all-time RBIs list with 1,813.