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Houston offense not yet settled at home

Houston offense not yet settled at home

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Friday, March 28

Tigers at the plate: Carlos Guillen drove in four runs, the first of which arrived via a bases-loaded walk in the opening frame. He knocked a two-run shot in the third and drove in Miguel Cabrera with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Gary Sheffield went 3-for-4, with all of his hits singles. Cabrera recorded two triples.

Astros at the plate: Hunter Pence, hitting second, knocked a double in the first inning. Darin Erstad doubled with one out in the seventh.

Tigers on the mound: Starter Jeremy Bonderman threw four shutout frames, walking one and striking out four. He yielded three hits during his 61-pitch outing.

Astros on the mound: Starter Wandy Rodriguez allowed five runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts over four innings. He yielded two home runs -- a two-run shot to Placido Polanco in the second and a solo shot to Guillen in the third. Woody Williams allowed five runs over three innings.

Exhibition records: Tigers 15-3-3; Astros 12-18-1.

Up next: The Astros and Tigers will close out the exhibition season with the second and final game of their short set on Saturday at Minute Maid Park, beginning at 1:05 p.m. CT. Right-hander Shawn Chacon, the Astros' projected No. 4 starter, will face Tigers lefty Nate Robertson.

Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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