Carlos Correa out fourth straight game with hamstring injury

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Astros shortstop Carlos Correa hasn’t appeared in a game since Tuesday night due to discomfort in his left hamstring. And he’s apparently still hobbled.

Correa is out of the Astros’ starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Twins due to what’s now being described as a hamstring strain, per Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle.

This is probably a case of the ‘Stros playing it safe with a young star. They do have a four-game lead in the American League West standings and Correa has been pushed hard over the last three months.

Marwin Gonzalez is starting at shortstop and batting second Sunday versus Twins right-hander Ervin Santana.

Look for the 20-year-old Correa to return to action early this week. He’s slashing .278/.347/.510 with 15 home runs, 43 RBI, and 11 stolen bases through his first 68 major league games.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.