Astros on the mound:
Fernando Nieve, one of the candidates for the fifth spot in Houston's rotation, allowed Inge's double in the second, one of seven hits he allowed over four innings. Matt Albers, another candidate, followed with four scoreless innings and five strikeouts.
Tigers on the mound:
Chad Durbin, now facing a starting role in a week and a half with Kenny Rogers on the disabled list, scattered five hits and two walks over 5 2/3 scoreless innings before Vic Darensbourg earned a called third strike to end a scoring threat in the sixth. Fernando Rodney, Bobby Seay and Todd Jones each worked a scoreless inning.
Grapefruit League records:
Astros 16-11, Tigers 20-10-2.
The Tigers will close out their home Spring Training schedule at Joker Marchant Stadium on Friday with a 12:05 p.m. CT game against the Yankees. Justin Verlander will make his final spring tuneup opposite Minor Leaguer Chase Wright. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and the Tigers radio network. The Astros will be in Houston this weekend for a preseason series against the Royals starting Friday with a 6:05 p.m. contest. Woody Williams will start the opener opposite Zack Greinke.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.