MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL…
Houston 5, Tigers 4
Detroit scattered 14 hits last night in Houston but still came up short in a 5-4 loss to the Astros.
The Astros jumped on Detroit starter Edwin Jackson (3-6) for four runs in the first inning to go on top 4-1. They led by 3 when Detroit’s Ronny Rodriguez hit a solo homer in the sixth before Travis Demeritte added one in the seventh to cut the lead to 5-4.
Houston starter Wade Miley (12-4) allowed a season-high 10 hits, but just one of them was for extra bases, and three runs in 5 2/3 innings to win his sixth straight decision. He struck out eight without a walk.
The Tigers were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 runners.
Detroit designated hitter Miguel Cabrera had two hits and drove in a run before he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the fifth inning. Manager Ron Gardenhire was also ejected in that inning after yelling at home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez about Cabrera’s ejection.
Jackson yielded seven hits and five runs — four earned — in six innings for his first loss with the Tigers this season after winning his first two starts.
White Sox 6, Minnesota 4
Jose Abreu powered the White Sox over the Twins last night in Minnesota.
Abreu hit a towering three-run homer in Chicago’s four-run second inning, helping Ivan Nova and the White Sox beat the Twins 6-4 on Monday night.
Minnesota returned home after a 5-1 road trip helped re-establish its control of the AL Central. But the loss to Chicago trimmed the Twins’ advantage in the division to two games over idle Cleveland.
Nova (9-9) allowed 10 hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings, with both runs scoring among Minnesota’s first three batters of the game.
Nova improved to 5-0 with a 0.85 ERA in his last six starts. Alex Colome worked a rocky ninth for his 24th save in 25 chances.
Abreu connected for his 27th homer, driving a Gibson offering deep to the second deck above the bullpens in left-center field.
Gibson (11-6) surrendered five runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Eddie Rosario hit an RBI single in the ninth, but Colome struck out Miguel Sano with two runners on to end the game.
Chicago got a run in the seventh when Tim Anderson scored on Yolmer Sanchez’s suicide squeeze on an 0-2 count.
The Cubs had yesterday off
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TONIGHT…
Tigers at Houston, 8:10 (live on 106.1 & 1400 WSJM Sports starting at 7:45)
San Francisco at Cubs, 8:05
White Sox at Minnesota, 8:10
OFF THE FIELD…
The Chicago Cubs have optioned infielder David Bote to Triple-A Iowa. Bote hasn’t played very much in August, batting .400 (8 for 20) in 14 games. He also committed a costly error while playing shortstop in the ninth inning of Thursday night’s 7-5 loss at Philadelphia.
Great Lakes 5, South Bend 3
West Michigan 3, Lake County 2
Lansing 4, Dayton 3
Dayton at Lansing, 12:05
South Bend at Great Lakes, 7:05
Lake County at West Michigan, 7:05
San Francisco 24, Denver 15
OFF THE FIELD…
Aaron Rodgers is participating in practice and is expected to play in the Packers’ third preseason game against the Oakland Raiders in Canada. The team says the plan is for the Rodgers to make his preseason debut Thursday night in Winnipeg. He’s sat out the Packers’ second preseason game in Baltimore and was sidelined during practice Sunday with back tightness.
ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRESEASON POLL…
5. Ohio St
9. Notre Dame
18. Mich St
21. Iowa St
HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER…
St. Joe 10, Battle Creek Central 2
Lake Michigan Catholic 6, Buchanan 2
Berrien Springs 7, Schoolcraft 1
Cassopolis 4, Watervliet 0
Dowagiac 3, Niles 2
Bangor 5, Comstock 3
Fennville 6, Bloomingdale 2
Marcellus 3, Kalamazoo Lakeside 2
Parchment 6, Constantine 3
Lakeview 8, Harper Creek 0
Otsego 0, Kalamazoo Christian 0