Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Alex Avila ripped a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros in the second of a four-game set from Minute Maid Park.
Trailing 3-2 entering the ninth, Avila worked a 3-1 count with one away and Don Kelly on first before delivering the decisive blow to right-center field off of Jose Veras (0-2).
Doug Fister started for Detroit and scattered nine hits and three runs - two earned - in six-plus innings. Drew Smyly (2-0) tossed two perfect innings of relief to earn the win.
Jose Valverde locked the door for his third save in as many opportunities since re-joining the Tigers earlier this season.
Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Astros, which dropped their fourth straight game behind Bud Norris, who struck out seven while yielding just two runs in seven innings of work.