Houston Astros: How big was yesterday’s win versus the Detroit Tigers?

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How big was yesterday’s win versus the Detroit Tigers?

Aug 16, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman

Jose Altuve

sticks his tongue out and celebrates after hitting a walk off single against the Detroit Tigers at Minute Maid Park. The Astros defeated the Tigers 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros struggled mightily on the road offensively, defensively, and pitching from a normally reliable bullpen. It is no secret that the Astros have struggled on the road this year, but it appeared at times that the offensive woes had followed them to Houston. Especially during Saturday’s game where the Astros were shutout until the ninth inning when Preston Tucker hit a shot that still hasn’t landed to tie the game. Unfortunately, Pat Neshek gave up three runs in the 11th inning to lose game two of the series.

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Enter game three of the series, where Mike Fiers made his Astros home debut at Minute Maid Park. He fell behind early giving up two runs in the first inning, and he was on the verge of an early exit in the third inning falling 3-0 to a hitter with two runners on base. However, Fiers was able to man up and limit the Tigers to the only the two unearned runs in six-plus innings. Chad Qualls and Will Harris did give up the lead later on. However, because of an impressive triple by Jake Marisnick and a clutch hit by Jose Altuve to drive in Marisnick to win the game in the bottom of the ninth.

While this was the Astros 64th win on the season compared to 54 losses, why was this win that important? Let’s look at five takeaways from the game.

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