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Smyly has short day in Astros' 6-4 loss to Tigers

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 29, 2014 at 6:57 pm •  Published: June 29, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Fresh off his shortest start of the season, Detroit Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly would rather not discuss his health.

Never mind that less than 24 earlier, he had been so ill he was sent back to the team hotel.

"I was sick yesterday - I'm not going to use that as an excuse," Smyly said. "It's whatever."

He needn't say much. His pitching told the tale.

Smyly (4-7) gave up four earned runs in just 2 1-3 innings Sunday, and the Tigers closed an otherwise successful road trip with a 6-4 loss to the Houston Astros.

"Today he was feeling pretty bad, but good enough to pitch, obviously," Detroit catcher Alex Avila said. "You know, he battled his butt off and tried to give everything he had today.

"It was unfortunate he left a couple of breaking balls up, and they capitalized."

Smyly said he battled hot/cold sweats and his sinuses Saturday, but said he felt fine to take the mound.

"I don't want to talk about it and I don't want you to write about it, honestly," Smyly told reporters. "It's whatever.

"I don't know what (Detroit manager) Brad (Ausmus) said, but it had no effect on my (performance)."

Also unfortunate for the Tigers was how Houston pitchers contained big hitters Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera, who combined to go 1 for 7 on Sunday and 1 for 25 in the series.

"Those are the guys we lean on," Ausmus said. "They are going to have struggles. It's going to happen."

The Astros had no such problems.

Scott Feldman threw six strong innings, Jose Altuve had three hits and two steals, and Houston held on for the win.

Matt Dominguez and Carlos Corporan had three hits apiece and L.J. Hoes and Jon Singleton each had two RBIs for the Astros, who have won three of their last four games.

Altuve leads the major leagues with 116 hits and has a career high 36 stolen bases. He set a franchise record with a stolen base in six straight games with his swipe of second base in the first inning.

Altuve also became the third player since 1904 with four straight games with multiple steals, joining Ray Chapman in 1917 and Bill Dahlen in 1904, according information from the Elias Sports Bureau provided by the Astros.

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