DETROIT -- One swing of the bat gave the Houston Astros the life they needed to remain in Thursday's series opener against the Detroit Tigers. Ultimately, it wasn't enough to win the game as the Astros lost, 6-5, in 11 innings, but the team's ability to hit home runs in any moment has continued to give Houston an edge over the AL West, and much of baseball.
Preston Tucker's clutch home run in the ninth was the latest example of just what the Astros are capable of.
Catherine Slonksnis is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.