Verlander's pitching, Upton's slam lead Tigers past Astros

DETROIT (AP) - Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings in what could be his last start with the Detroit Tigers, beating the Houston Astros 13-1 on Sunday afternoon.
 
Justin Upton matched a career best with six RBIs for the Tigers, who handed the Astros their first back-to-back losses since June 12-13.
 
Upton had four hits, including a seventh-inning grand slam, and scored twice.
 
In his last start before Monday's trade deadline, Verlander (6-7) gave up five singles and three walks while striking out six.
 
The subject of trade rumors since last winter, Verlander received a long standing ovation from the crowd of 31,970 when he walked off the mound after the sixth inning.
 
Lance McCullers Jr. (7-3), whose dad pitched for the Tigers in 1990, allowed five runs on eight hits in five-plus innings.
 
Houston first baseman Tyler White pitched the eighth, allowing a two-run homer to James McCann in his second career pitching performance.
 

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