DETROIT (AP) — Yordan Alvarez and Carlos Correa hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning and the Houston Astros rallied past the Detroit Tigers 3-2 to a split a doubleheader Saturday.
After winning the opener 3-1 and ending the Astros’ 11-game winning streak, the Tigers took a 2-0 lead into the sixth of the seven-inning nightcap.
Jose Altuve led off the Astros sixth with a double against reliever Michael Fulmer (4-4). With two outs, Alvarez hit a tying drive into the Houston bullpen.
Two pitches, Correa hit a ball over the Tigers bullpen for the lead.
Nomar Mazara doubled off Lance McCullers Jr. with one out in the Detroit sixth, but Ryne Stanek came in to retire the next two hitters. Ryan Pressly struck out the side in the seventh for his 12th save.
McCullers (5-1) allowed two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Mazara and Jonathan Schoop had RBI singles that put the Tigers ahead. Detroit pitchers Wily Peralta and Kyle Funkhouser combined to blank Houston on two hits through the fifth.
In the first game, Zack Short’s first home run in the majors broke a fifth-inning tie for Detroit.
Casey Mize (5-4) improved to 2-0 in his last four starts, giving up one run on six hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out five to beat the Astros for the second time this season.
The Astros were trying to tie the franchise record of 12 wins in a row. They got off to a good start, as Altuve began the game with a single and took third on Michael Brantley’s single.
Mize, though, struck out Yuli Gurriel and Alvarez before retiring Correa on a comebacker.
Jose Cisnero pitched the seventh for his third save.
Short, called up as Detroit’s 27th man for the doubleheader, had his first career extra-base hit on a third-inning double over center fielder Chas McCormick’s head, then homered off Framber Valdez in the fifth.
Valdez (4-1) lost for the first time in six starts this season, allowing three runs on six hits in a six-inning complete game. He struck out six without walking a hitter.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second on Isaac Paredes’ sacrifice fly, but Correa tied the game with an RBI single in the third.
In the fifth, Paredes led off with an infield single, took second on Jake Rogers’ sacrifice bunt and scored when Short hit a 1-1 changeup just over the right-field fence.
Astros: Recalled RHP Andre Scrubb to be the 27th man for the doubleheader.
Tigers: Recalled Short to serve as the 27th man. Short came into the game with three singles in five career games, and could stay up to fill Detroit’s shortstop weakness.
Nearly seven inches of rain fell at Comerica Park between Friday and Saturday morning, causing flooding on many local streets and freeways. However, the field was ready to go for the 1:10 start of the opening game.
Michigan was hit by more storms on Saturday afternoon, but they stayed north of downtown.
The teams finish their series on Sunday, with Detroit’s Tarik Skubal (4-7, 4.33) facing Jake Odorizzi (2-3, 4.75) of the Astros.