Peacock fans 8 in strong start in place of ace

Peacock fans 8 in strong start in place of ace

HOUSTON -- Brad Peacock hadn't thrown more than 39 pitches in a game this year, while working as a reliever. Yet, in a spot start for Astros ace Dallas Keuchel (pinched nerve in neck) on Monday, Peacock allowed one hit and carved through the Tigers' power-happy lineup on 70 pitches in 4 1/3 innings, his longest appearance this season.

With more than half of his pitches (46) being sliders and two-seam fastballs, according to Statcast™, Peacock struck out eight and walked a pair, while contributing to a one-hit shutout and helping to end a three-game losing streak in a 1-0 win at Minute Maid Park.

What went right for Peacock?

"Today, everything worked good -- his slider, breaking ball, his changeup, too," Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera said. "But he changed his speeds, he located the ball very good. He pitched a good game."

"I felt great out there tonight," said Peacock, who pitched from the stretch to start the game because he felt more comfortable. "I haven't felt that way in a long time."

Peacock strikes out Miggy

Chris Devenski, Will Harris and Ken Giles, who earned his 12th save, followed Peacock with a combined scoreless 4 2/3 hitless innings, marking the Astros' first win in a one-hitter since Roy Oswalt nearly no-hit the Pirates in 2010.

Houston's four pitchers struck out 14, maximizing efficiency against Detroit's dangerous lineup.

"It took some great effort," Devenski said. "That's a tough lineup over there. What we were able to do was spectacular."

"I'm not sure we could've pitched a better game," manager A.J. Hinch said. "Obviously, we'd like to have 27 up, 27 down, but we'll take the results as is."

As Peacock walked off the mound to loud applause in the fifth, Hinch told the right-hander that he was proud of what he'd done.

"I wanted to say, 'Look, everything we asked tonight, you stepped up and did.,'" Hinch said. "It meant a lot to Brad. It was a good day."

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.