Kinsler shines as Tigers power up in slugfest loss

Kinsler shines as Tigers power up in slugfest loss

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Jake Marisnick's three-RBI performance and two-RBI outings from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez led an Astros split-squad onslaught on Tigers pitching, sending Houston to a 14-9 win Sunday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Marisnick's second-inning RBI single was one of five hits in two innings off Shane Greene, who kept the ball in the park but fell to line-drive and bloop singles before settling down. Joakim Soria halted Houston's offense in his first outing of the spring with a scoreless third, despite battling command woes after a blister popped on his right thumb.

From there, the Astros put up multiple runs in each of the next three innings, including a Marisnick blooper into center off lefty Tom Gorzelanny that scored Hank Conger and Carlos Correa in the sixth. Gonzalez's RBI single through the left side highlighted a two-run sixth inning off Joba Chamberlain in his first spring outing.

Detroit tried to keep up with a quartet of two-run innings. Tyler Collins, fighting for a reserve spot on the Opening Day roster, drove in J.D. Martinez with a ground-rule double in the first inning before hitting a two-run double into the gap in left-center in the third. Ian Kinsler added a two-run double in the fourth before James McCann singled in Yoenis Cespedes in the fifth.

Both doubles were opposite-field hits for Collins, whose bat could balance out a predominantly right-handed-hitting roster. Collins, Kinsler and Jordan Lennerton all went 2-for-3.

Marisnick, Gattis, Robbie Grossman, Jon Singleton and Max Stassi each had two hits for the Astros.

Up next: Anibal Sanchez makes his second start of the spring Monday when the Tigers welcome the Blue Jays to Joker Marchant Stadium for a 1:05 p.m. ET game. Sanchez, who pitched two scoreless innings last Wednesday against the Orioles, will be supported by a lineup of regulars that includes Rajai Davis, Anthony Gose, Kinsler, Cespedes, Nick Castellanos and Alex Avila. Marcus Stroman, who dueled Max Scherzer into extra innings last August at Toronto, is scheduled to start for the Jays.

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.