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The Houston Astros traded for ace relief pitcher Roberto Osuna when he was in the middle of a 75-game suspension related to a domestic assault charge. There was bound to come a moment when that decision looked as bad on the field as it did in the department of basic decency.This moment arrived Tuesday Elvis Andrus Jersey , October 16. Specifically, in the eighth inning of Houston's 8-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.It was a one-run game when Osuna entered in the top of the eighth at Minute Maid Park. He initially looked like the same pitcher who was an All-Star with the Toronto Blue Jays and put up a 1.99 ERA in 23 regular-season appearances with the Astros. Two of the first three batters he faced made outs.But then Osuna hit Brock Holt with a pitch to load the bases. Then he hit Mitch Moreland. Like that, Houston's deficit was doubled.After that came Jackie Bradley Jr. with the gamebreaker off Osuna: a grand slam into the right field seats that pushed the Red Sox's lead to six runs and, ultimately, clinched a 2-1 series lead.Boston Red Sox RedSoxThe Grand Slam Train continues in the #postseason! 馃殏#DoDamage nwSAOJ8PErAll told, Osuna was charged with five runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. It is the worst performance of his four-year major league career.In the words of Astros manager A.J. Hinch, per's Mark Feinsand: "It's a 3-2 ballgame until all hell broke loose there."It's tempting to view Osuna's collapse as karma for what got him suspended by Major League Baseball in the first place. But that's equal parts tricky and foolish.The details of what led to his May arrest and subsequent suspension have been kept under wraps, and revelations aren't coming any time soon. The charge against the 23-year-old was dropped when he agreed to a peace bond. The accuser鈥攁 woman who has a young child with him鈥攈ad declined to travel from Mexico to Toronto to testify.Whatever Osuna may have done to deserve his punishment, karma isn't going for him when he's on the mound anyway. Scales such as these can't be balanced by a couple of bad pitches in a silly game for kids.For the Astros, on the other hand, what happened in the eighth inning Tuesday is absolutely karmic retribution.Bob Levey/Getty ImagesThough the Astros didn't break any rules when they traded for Osuna ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the very act of doing so made them guilty of extreme cynicism.The Astros didn't look at Osuna and see a toxic asset. They looked and saw a marked-down item. All they needed to give up to get him was a few spare parts (fallen closer Ken Giles and fellow right-handers David Paulino and Hector Perez) and perhaps a little dignity.The Astros may have underestimated how much dignity the deal would cost them, however.The backlash was immediate and fierce. General manager Jeff Luhnow didn't help matters by insulting everyone's intelligence in a statement meant to reassure everyone that Osuna would "fully comply with our zero tolerance policy related to abuse of any kind." When you claim zero tolerance for abusers while bringing in a guy accused of abuse, then you don't actually have a zero tolerance policy.As far as the Astros were clearly concerned, however, what mattered was the long game. Unlike the joint drug agreement, MLB's domestic violence policy doesn't include postseason bans for suspended players. The more Osuna did to help deliver their second straight World Series championship Ivan Rodriguez Jersey , the more the controversy of his acquisition figured to blow over.Well, go figure that his biggest game as an Astro to date resulted in a critical ALCS loss. As's Brian McTaggart noted, history is now firmly on the Red Sox's side after Osuna's meltdown:Brian McTaggart brianmctaggartRed Sox beat the Astros, 8-2, to take a 2-1 series lead. In the history of best-of-seven series with the 2-3-2 format, teams that win Game 3 on the road to grab a 2-1 advantage have gone on to take the series 27 of 36 times (75 percent).After opening with a 7-2 thud at Fenway Park in Game 1, the Red Sox have certainly looked more like a 108-game winner in claiming Games 2 and 3.Their hitters have worked tough at-bats against Gerrit Cole, Dallas Keuchel and an array of Houston relievers. Chris Sale, David Price and Nathan Eovaldi bent but didn't break at the start of games. And after a rough showing in Game 1, Boston's bullpen has allowed one run on three hits in 7.1 innings over the last two.Of course, it would be foolish to write the Astros off entirely. They were 103-game winners in their own right in the regular season, and one can still look at them and see a team that matches up well with Boston. The Astros can come back on the Red Sox by outpitching, outhitting or outfielding them. Osuna putting Game 3 behind him and getting back to his dominant ways could indeed be part of the equation.For now, though, they're reeling from an ugly loss that's the fault of a player whose very presence on the team is outrageous to many. Darn it if something about that doesn't feel right.Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference. DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers didn’t solve all their offensive problems against the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.After scoring eight runs on a 0-6 road trip, the Tigers got three hits against Ervin Santana and the Minnesota bullpen in their first game back at home.Somehow, they turned that into enough for a 5-3 victory. Two of the hits were two-run home runs by Niko Goodrum and Jose Iglesias and the third was a JaCoby Jones triple that led to Detroit’s first run.“Three hits isn’t ideal , but we got a lot out of them,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We made some great defensive plays and we got a lot of pitching. We needed this.”It was the second time in franchise history the Tigers had gotten three or more hits in a game without a single or double. They beat the Washington Senators 3-1 on May 22, 1971 in a game when they also had a triple and two homers as their only hits.Detroit only scored eight runs while being swept in a pair of three-game road series against the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels.“We had a day off yesterday, and I think we were all able to put that road trip behind us,” Goodrum said. “I know I was able to work with the hitting coaches and make some adjustments that I needed.”Jordan Zimmermann (5-4) gave up two unearned runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out one batter and didn’t issue a walk.“I didn’t have my best stuff, but I felt like I was able to locate all four of my pitches,” he said. “The fastball was good, the slider was really good, and I yanked a couple curveballs but also had some good ones. I even played with a baby split that I threw a few times.”Shane Greene allowed an RBI double to Ehire Adrianza with two out in the ninth before retiring Joe Mauer for his 24th save.Ervin Santana (0-1) took the loss in his fourth start of the season. He allowed five runs on three hits and two walks in six innings, striking out two.“Some of the time you give up seven hits, eight hits, even 10 hits and still win the game,” he said. “Sometimes you pitch good and lose. It’s a weird game. Nothing you can do.”The Twins had scoring chances in the first two innings but couldn’t take advantage.In the first, Tigers right fielder Nicholas Castellanos made a lunging grab of Logan Forsythe’s single down the line, forcing Jorge Polanco to hold at third.In the next inning, Nick Cave wiped out rounding second on what should have been an easy triple and Zimmermann escaped the inning. Cave made up for it in the bottom of the inning, making a running catch of Goodrum’s 419-foot liner to the center-field wall.“We had baserunners Prince Fielder Jersey , but we didn’t get the hits we needed to score,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “I thought Ervin pitched better, but the two two-run homers were the difference at the end of the day.”The Twins did take a 1-0 lead in the third. After Polanco’s double in the third, Forsythe singled off Zimmermann’s glove. Goodrum’s belated throw to first was too high, allowing the runner to score.Jones led off the bottom of the inning with a heads-up triple. On an apparent double, he took a long turn and stopped. When left fielder Eddie Rosario threw behind him, Jones took third and scored the tying run on Mike Gerber’s sacrifice fly.“I never know what Jonesy is doing out there,” Gardenhire said with a smile. “We didn’t know where he was going and neither did they, so he got away with it. He’s always entertaining.”Goodrum added a two-run homer in the fourth to put the Tigers up 3-1, and Iglesias made it 5-1 with his own two-run shot in the fifth. Mitch Garver’s sacrifice fly made it 5-2 in the sixth.TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: RHP Aaron Slegers was removed from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester when he experienced discomfort in his pitching shoulder. He’s been on the disabled list since July 15 with inflammation in the shoulder.SANTANA SOUNDS OFFSantana wasn’t pleased with the front office’s decision to trade closer Fernando Rodney this week.“We are only 10 games out and we have two months to left. It seems like they gave up,” he said. “We’re not giving up but they did. They take our pieces away and it is difficult to play without our good pieces.”NEW TIGERS PITCHERThe Tigers signed free-agent pitcher Zach McAllister to a major-league contract on Friday. McCallister went 1-2 with a 4.97 ERA in 41 relief outings for the Cleveland Indians before being released on Aug. 7. McCallister will pitch out of Detroit’s bullpen. To make room for him on the roster, the Tigers designated Jacob Turner for assignment.UP NEXTThe teams play the second game of their weekend series on Saturday, with Detroit’s Francisco Liriano (3-6, 4.37) facing Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson (5-9, 3.60).



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