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Thursday, May 8th (All times Eastern)

Houston Astros (10-24) at Detroit Tigers (20-9), 1:08 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Dallas Keuchel (2-2, 3.96) Detroit - Drew Smyly (2-1, 2.45)

(SportsNetwork.com) - If the Detroit Tigers aren't already the best team in baseball, they're certainly making a case for winning over any remaining doubters. And left-hander Drew Smyly will get the chance to continue the quest on Thursday afternoon, when he and the Tigers aim for their ninth consecutive victory in the finale of a four-game series with the Houston Astros at Comerica Park.

The hosts won their third straight over the visiting Astros on Wednesday, when Victor Martinez's solo homer in the sixth inning proved to be the difference in a 3-2 decision.

Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer for the Tigers and Rick Porcello (5-1) allowed two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.

Marwin Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler each had an RBI for the Astros, who have dropped five straight.

Brad Peacock (0-3) gave up three runs on four hits with four walks over 6 2/3 innings.

Smyly gets another chance to stay in the starting rotation as well. He made 18 starts to begin his career in 2012 before making 63 appearances in relief last season and beginning 2014 with two more arrivals from the bullpen.

He's made three starts since, though, and tossed seven innings in his most recent outing - striking out six and allowing just two hits in a 9-2 defeat of Kansas City on Saturday.

"Smyly was outstanding," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I think he had nine days since his last start. He was throwing strikes (and) he seemed to be using all his pitches, which is important as a starter. He pitched really well."

Dallas Keuchel gets the call for Houston with the chance to last at least six innings for the sixth straight game.

He allowed four runs in six innings of a Saturday start against Seattle, a game the Astros lost, 9-8.

He'd surrendered just two hits through five innings and a single run in six, but was tagged with three more runs in the seventh without recording an out.

"I just felt kind of sluggish," Keuchel said. "There are a few games every once in a while where you feel sluggish out of the gate, and I was thankful to make it through the first couple unscathed. It feels like a train hit me in the seventh. It's not like me to walk three guys in a row."

He had a start and a relief appearance against the Tigers in 2013 and went 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA.

Houston has lost 10 of 11 against the Tigers.

05/08 10:16:56 ET

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3rd
PHI 53
CHA 72
 
3rd
PHI 53
CHA 72
 
3rd
ORL 57
UTA 69
 
2nd
CLE 45
BRK 45
 
Half
BOS 53
MIN 48
 
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DET 52
TOR 52
 
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MIA 51
WAS 52
 
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MEM 22
CHI 20
 
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SAN 20
POR 17
 
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YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
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TULA 56
JST 49
 
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RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
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BUCK 76
CASEWEST 59
 
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LIB 74
CPNC 55
 
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SCAR 52
CLEM 37
 
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CMICH 79
CONC 52
 
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MIAMI 29
EKENT 43
 
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GWEBB 84
HIWASSEE 58
 
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ODU 46
MDES 35
 
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BUF 54
NIAG 34
 
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KSU 46
NCAT 38
 
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FAM 41
UNF 62
 
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NORST 61
NARZ 43
 
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DART 42
NILL 36
 
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MORE 46
NKENTUCKY 62
 
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UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
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STJ 33
GAELS 39
 
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ALA 47
STILL 29
 
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HAMP 49
TENST 43
 
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TENN 50
TENT 46
 
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WMARY 77
WSHMD 39
 
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MERC 33
COOK 24
 
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FLGC 38
FUR 34
 
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CALST 30
SDKST 30
 
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MTST 13
CHAT 12
 
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NDAK 15
DICKINSON 7
 
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LAMON 22
LSUALEX 19
 
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PRIN 30
LIP 19
 
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LAM 26
MLGN 15
 
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MINN 22
SEAT 15
 
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LOYC 22
SUTAH 9
 
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SELA 23
WINT 26
 
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SILL 17
NO 16
 
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DET 1
NYI 1
 
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WIN 1
BOS 0
 
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