Good defense enables Houston Astros to edge Detroit Tigers again

Detroit Tigers left fielder Christin Stewart, bottom, makes the catch on a Houston Astros’ Evan Gattis fly ball as shortstop Niko Goodrum collides with him in the second inning in Detroit on Wednesday. (AP photo)

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT — George Springer understood the situation as he was about to dive for Dawel Lugo’s line drive in the eighth inning.
“I could tell I was either going to get to it, or this is going to be a really bad play,” the Houston outfielder said. “I’m happy that I got to it.”
Springer made the catch to help preserve Houston’s lead, and the Astros swept a series at Comerica Park for the first time, wrapping up a three-game set with a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. The Tigers had a man on first with two outs in the eighth when Lugo hit a liner down the line in right field. Springer made a diving catch . If he had missed and the ball had skipped past, the tying run would have scored.
“I think George on his own took a step toward the line to start the play,” Houston manager AJ Hinch said. “Got a great jump on it. With the runner in motion, a lot of bad can happen if he doesn’t come up with that, but it’s the right play to dive. Certainly the right play to be aggressive.”
It was the 13th series sweep of the season for the Astros, who have won 10 of their last 11 games. Houston entered with a three-game lead over Oakland atop the AL West.