"It's a little frustrating we lost," Tucker said after the Tigers' 4-2 win in 11 innings. "I was just trying to get on base and get something started for our team. But I think everybody was battling from the first pitch to the last, it was a tough game because everyone was just trying so hard to push that one run across -- we knew it'd be a low-scoring game. We got an opportunity to win the series [Sunday] and that's what we're looking forward to."
Rondon's pitch, which Statcast™ clocked at 100 mph, hung a tad over the plate, and Tucker shortened his swing to put it out for his 12th homer of the season.
The homer snapped a 2-for-20 skid for Tucker, who has shifted up and down the lineup while Astros manager A.J. Hinch tries to balance his offense each day.
"The way the lineup functions right now, I like it balanced with a left-handed hitter hitting second," Hinch said before the game. "Most of these guys have grown accustomed to be comfortable wherever their name is written in. Breaking up the right-handed bats we have in the top four or five in our lineup, it's been important to find a guy who can do that."
At least against the Tigers, Tucker has shown he's more than capable.
"They've got one more game with him," Hinch said after the game. "Unless we see them again, they're probably tired of seeing Tuck up to bat with a chance to tie the game with a homer."
Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.