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Before the game Wednesday night against Houston Astros Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire tapped his hand.

The Tigers wanted to try some new things against former ace Justin Verlander, all they could to keep him from playing.

"It has never worked," said Gardenhire.

The Result of the Game Before it started, the decision seemed to have been made: the Astros, one of the best baseball teams, brought Verlander up the hill. An offense that would affect left-hander Gregory Soto and Nick Ramirez's two-man rookie tandem on a three-day break.

The Tigers lost 5-1, but the game was more competitive than that.

Verlander dominated the tigers and allowed a run with two hits in seven innings and the Astros (29-15) scraped five runs. They took the lead in a solo homer run by Alex Bregman at the top of the first and never lost.

With the win, Verlander is 2: 1 against the Tiger (18: 23) in his career. He won both starts in Comerica Park.

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Justin Verlander of Houston Astros arrives at Comerica Park against the Detroit Tigers during the first innings Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)

Verlanders Night

As expected, he was too much for the tigers. The lonely run he allowed came at JaCoby Jones' third home game of the season, a monster left in the fourth inning. Verlander knocked out nine batters, went two, and lowered his ERA to 2.38. The tigers only threatened once when they loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but Niko Goodrum took second. Verlander is 2: 1 against the tigers.

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The prelude

For the first time, the tigers On Wednesday night, rookie left-hander Gregory Soto used an "opener" to open the first innings, followed by rookie left-hander Nick Ramirez. The experiment – made necessary by the lack of starters in the Tigers – went well: against a strong lineup, Soto gave up two runs in two innings and Ramirez allowed two runs, one earned in four.

Detroit Tigers & # 39; Gregory Soto competes against the Houston Astros during the first innings Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Comerica Park. [Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press]

Momentum change

With Verlander in control, the Tigers charged the bases in fifth after Josh Harrison tripled, followed by successive walks. For many top pitchers, the teams have only one chance to prevail. For the tigers this belonged to them. But with two outs Goodrum struck a line that Aledmys Diaz, the second baseman from Houston, jumped to finish the inning. At the next inning, shortstop Ronny Rodriguez and third baseman Jeimer Candelario made mistakes, resulting in an extra run for the Astros.

After the game, Gardenhire announced that the Tigers would exchange Candelario for Triple-A Toledo. Candelario had the .192 brand this season with only nine additional hits in 146 at-bats. A corresponding squad change will be announced on Thursday.

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