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  • May 23, 2017 4:12 AM BST

    DETROIT -- Even when hes behind in the count, Victor Martinez is a tough hitter to face these days. Tim Thomas Jersey . "You cant set Victor Martinez up -- hes just too good at getting the barrel to the ball," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. "I dont think it matters what pitch you throw, hes generally going to find a way to do it." Martinez hit a solo homer in sixth inning and Miguel Cabrera also went deep for the Tigers, who won their eighth straight game Wednesday night, 3-2 over the Houston Astros. Martinezs homer came on an 0-2 pitch, when Astros starter Brad Peacock tried to throw a high fastball past the designated hitter. "I have no idea how Victor Martinez even hit that pitch," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "That was up in his eyes and, he not only got a bat on it, he knocked it out of the park." Martinez extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and Rick Porcello (5-1) allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings for the surging Tigers, who remained five games ahead of the second-place Chicago White Sox in the AL Central. Porcello struck out five and walked two. Even Detroits maligned bullpen looked impressive Wednesday. Joba Chamberlain got four outs in relief, striking out the side in the eighth. Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his seventh save in nine chances. He struck out two, getting Matt Dominguez swinging with a man on third to preserve the win. Houston has lost five straight and seven of eight. Peacock (0-3) allowed three runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out four and walked four. After a slow start, Cabrera is again swinging the bat with authority for the Tigers. After homering in a four-hit, four-RBI performance Tuesday night, he stepped to the plate with a man on Wednesday and lifted a drive to deep right. Houstons George Springer tried valiantly to make the catch at the wall, but the ball nicked off his glove and went over, and the outfielder fell to the ground. It was Cabreras fourth homer of the year. Porcello allowed a run in the third when Marwin Gonzalez doubled and eventually scored on Dexter Fowlers groundout, but the Detroit infield turned double plays in the fifth and sixth to help the 25-year-old right-hander. In the fifth, Gonzalez was on first and took off toward second when Jose Altuve hit a grounder up the middle. Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler, in the area because of the steal attempt, simply picked up the ball, stepped on the bag and threw to first for the double play. Martinez homered to right to make it 3-1. It was his sixth home run of the season, and hes now hitting .318 with only five strikeouts all year. With two strikes on him, Martinez was ready for a fastball. "I was looking high fastball," Martinez said. "As soon as I saw it, I was making sure that I get on top." Houston answered with a run in the seventh, chasing Porcello. Marc Krauss hit a two-out double, Dominguez followed with a single, and Gonzalez singled to drive in Krauss. Chamberlain came on and retired Altuve with men on first and second to end that threat. The big reliever then struck out three in the eighth. "Brad was the first one on the stairs and said, You got the eighth," Chamberlain said. "I figured after we got out of the (seventh) that was going to be the case. Just prepare, look up and see whos going to be coming up for their lineup, and kind of a mental plan of what you want to do. It worked out." Nathan entered in the ninth and allowed a two-out walk to Krauss. Pinch-runner Jonathan Villar stole second and third, but Dominguez went down swinging to end it. NOTES: The game started after a 9-minute rain delay, and the wet weather persisted during the early innings. ... Detroits Torii Hunter had his hitting streak snapped at 13 games. ... Peacock has gone eight straight starts -- dating to last season -- without allowing more than three earned runs. ... Springer struck out three times. ... Detroits Drew Smyly (2-1) faces Houstons Dallas Keuchel (2-2) on Thursday in a matchup of former college teammates at Arkansas. Phil Kessel Jersey . He says he will have the operation Wednesday and be ready in time for training camp in September. Bernier missed five games in March due to the injury. Ryan Kesler Jersey . The Los Angeles Clippers showed them just how ugly that life could be. Jared Dudley scored a season-high 21 points, Chris Paul added 16 points and 17 assists, and the Clippers jumped all over the Bulls in Roses absence for a 121-82 victory Sunday.(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Rangers will try to post their longest winning streak of the season on Tuesday night when they visit a Calgary Flames club in the midst in its longest skid of the campaign. The Rangers have won the first two of their current four-game road trip, pushing their overall winning streak to three in a row. They opened the swing with a 5-1 rout of Vancouver, then shut out the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 on Sunday. Henrik Lundqvist made 16 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and 55th of his career. He has posted a 1.30 goals against average and .951 save percentage over New Yorks winning streak, earning the NHLs Third Star for the week on Monday. Defenseman Dan Girardi scored the only goal his club would need late in the first period and Carl Hagelin added an empty-net tally. Rich Nash had an assist to give him six goals and six helpers over a 10-game point streak. They stayed back and were waiting for us to make mistakes, Lundqvist said of Edmontons strategy. New York was without forward Derick Brassard, who has been kept away from the team due to a suspected case of the mumps. The Rangers cap their four-game swing on Saturday at Carolina and are likely to go with Lundqvist tonight. He is 3-3-0 with a 2.94 GAA and .878 save percentage inn six meetings with the Flames. Jamie Langenbrunner Jersey. While New York is trending in the right direction, looking to win four in a row for the first time since a five-game run in March, Calgary is heading back home following a winless four-game trip. The Flames have lost a season-worst five straight overall, their longest losing streak since a six-game skid from Nov. 5-16, 2013. Calgary has scored a mere eight goals over its current rut and lost a 2-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday to end its trip. The Hawks netted their winning goal with 7:03 to go in the game following a miscue by the Flames. Johnny Gaudreau, who set up Jiri Hudler for the lone Calgary goal, lost control of the puck when he fell down just inside the Chicago zone, triggering a counter rush for the Blackhawks. Jonathan Toews dished to Brandon Saad and he beat Jonas Hiller over the glove on a breakaway. We have to turn this thing around, Flames defenseman Kris Russell said. We arent happy with how things are going for us. Hiller stopped 26 shots for Calgary. He is 2-2-1 in his career versus the Rangers with a 1.36 GAA and .947 save percentage. While the Rangers have won three of the past four meetings overall, the Flames have taken three of the last four played in Calgary. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '