- May 8, 2002
- Reaction score
Kyle Tucker hit a tiebreaking pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 in a series finale that began as an impressive duel between starting pitchers. Tucker's two-run blast came off Matt Bush (0-1), the first reliever for Texas after left-hander Martin Perez took a perfect game into the seventh inning before giving up his only run. Two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander (2-0) struck out eight and allowed one run over seven innings in only his fourth start since Tommy John surgery.