Gose plates pair behind solid VerHagen vs. Astros

Gose plates pair behind solid VerHagen vs. Astros

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Reigning American League batting champion Jose Altuve kept on hitting Thursday, and his late-inning replacement in the lineup, Gregorio Petit, delivered a walk-off single in the 10th inning of the Astros' 4-3 win against the split-squad Tigers on Thursday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.

Altuve, the reigning American League batting champion, went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base. Altuve doubled in the first inning and was thrown out at the plate on a fielder's choice, he had a single in the third and beat out an infield hit in the fifth to score Jake Marisnick, who led off the inning with a double.

Tigers starter Drew VerHagen allowed three hits and one run in three innings. Astros starter Dan Straily, facing the Tigers for the second time in a row, gave up three hits and one run in three innings.

"The first time out you want to get out there and get the wheels spinning again, so today was just being a little more aggressive," Straily said. "[Manager] A.J. [Hinch] talks about turning it up a notch, and I turned it up another notch today. Was just being a little more aggressive down the hill, a lot more aggressive at hitters. Just starting to get things rolling for the season."

The Tigers took a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning by scoring twice against Alex White. Jason Krizan had a sacrifice fly, and Anthony Gose delivered an RBI triple -- his second RBI hit of the game.

Up next: The Tigers return Friday to Disney's Wide World of Sports complex, where Shane Greene is scheduled to make his second start of the spring against the Braves at Champion Stadium. Al Alburquerque, Joba Chamberlain, Buck Farmer, Luke Putkonen and Josh Zeid are also scheduled to pitch. Mike Foltynewicz will start for the Braves. Ian Kinsler, Jose Iglesias, Martinez, Nick Castellanos, Alex Avila and Anthony Gose are scheduled to be in the starting lineup. Gameday Audio will have the radio broadcast online, as will AM 1270 over the air in Detroit.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.