Blanco throws 7 hitless innings as Astros beat Tigers 4-1
By: Mike Stiles - Monday, June 17, 2024

Ronel Blanco pitches to a Tigers batter (photo courtesy of AP/David J. Phillip)

(HOUSTON) – Ronel Blanco had the second hitless outing of his brief major league career but was pulled after seven innings as the Houston Astros beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1 on Sunday. Blanco (7-2), who threw the only no hitter in the majors this season on April 1 against Toronto, was just as good this time in the 20th start and 37th appearance of his career. The 30 year old threw 94 pitches with 65 strikes and tied a season best with eight strikeouts. He walked three. Ryan Pressly replaced Blanco to start the eighth and gave up the Tigers' first hit, a two-out single by Wenceel Pérez. Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer for Houston. The Tigers couldn’t do much of anything against Blanco a day after they had a season-high 19 hits in a 13-5 trouncing of the Astros. Blanco didn’t allow a baserunner until he walked Gio Urshela with two outs in the fifth. He then walked Akil Baddoo and Carson Kelly to load the bases, but retired Zach McKinstry. After the hit by Perez, Pressly sat down Matt Vierling before Josh Hader took over for the ninth. Mark Canha singled with one out and scored on a double by pinch-hitter Andy Ibánez. ...... {LISTEN}. Detroit starter Kenta Maeda (2-3) permitted five hits and four runs in five innings.

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