Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston bullpen stepped up for the second game in a row Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. In Monday’s game, four relievers started and finished a 1-0 victory over the Tigers in place of an injured Dallas Keuchel. Tuesday’s game had another rally from the bullpen in the form of four relievers, but this time following Lance McCullers’ five inning start and the Astros beat the Tigers 6-2.
“One of the beauties of the way this bullpen is, is I can go to anybody at anytime… I can sort of throw different combos at you every night as a manager,” Houston Manager A.J. Hinch said.
Michael Feliz, Luke Gregerson, Will Harris and James Hoyt combined to hold the Tigers at bay. Starter Lance McCullers earned the win on 96 pitches in just five innings, although he allowed just one hit and no runs. The relievers had to take the reins.
“The bullpen yesterday and today coming through, the offense coming through with some late runs for us to have a good cushion, to be able to save Giles to give him a day, great team win tonight,” McCullers said.
The offense got a spark from an unlikely spot in recent Triple-A call up, catcher Juan Centeno. He went 2-for-3 with a home run and a single. Juan’s time with the Astros may be short since Brian McCann could return from a concussion soon.
“Wasn’t that a great night for him? I thought he handled the game extraordinarily well. Given that’s his first game this season with us, I was glad he was in spring training with us to be very familiar with our guys. Fun night, he should be very proud of his effort and our team responded well to him,” Hinch said.
Derek Fogel, reporter/host @FogelSaidWhat