KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros starter Brett Myers wasn't at his best Monday afternoon and the Detroit Tigers took advantage.
Myers, the Astros' Opening day starter, allowed 12 hits -- including three each to center fielder Austin Jackson and catcher Victor Martinez -- and five earned runs in five-plus innings as the Tigers handed Houston its third consecutive loss, 9-1, at Osceola County Stadium.
Jackson (3-for-5) and catcher Martinez (3-for-3, walk) led the Tigers' 18-hit attack. Martinez had an RBI single in the third, Alex Avila had a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and Will Rhymes tripled and scored in the fifth to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.
Tigers starter Phil Coke held the Astros to four hits, two walks and one run in five innings, throwing 70 pitches in his sixth start of the spring. He gave up a run in the first inning, but escaped a bases-loaded jam.
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"I felt like I could have had results today, but some balls found the hole," Myers said. "There were some weak ground balls that got through. It's the game of baseball, and that's what happens. I'd rather give them up now than during the season."
Wesley Wright allowed one of Myers' runners to score on a sacrifice fly, and the Tigers added another run in the seventh on a second sacrifice fly by Avila.
Up next for next for the Tigers: The Tigers have one more game left before Wednesday's off-day, and an MLB.TV broadcast at that, fitting in a 1:05 p.m. ET matchup against the Mets on Tuesday at Joker Marchant Stadium. Adam Wilk, Daniel Schlereth and Robbie Weinhardt are expected to get their next outings as they try to build their cases for bullpen spots, while Brad Penny makes his sixth start of the spring. Lefty Jonathon Niese is scheduled to start for the Mets.
Up next for the Astros: Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, who hasn't pitched since leaving his March 10 start with mild shoulder tendinitis, returns to the mound Tuesday when the Astros face the Washington Nationals at 12:05 p.m. CT in Viera, Fla. The game will be available on MLB.com's Gameday Audio. Rodriguez, who will start the second game of the year, has pitched in only three games this spring, allowing three earned runs in seven innings in his previous two starts following a rocky debut.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.