The Astros jumped on Drew Smyly (4-7) early, plating three in the first.
Detroit trailed by one before Kinsler sent an 81-mph slider from Jerome Williams to left-center for a 4-2 lead.
The Houston Astros had the No. 1 pick again, and this time, they took a pitcher polished beyond his years.
Martinez has three homers in the last four games. He does not put too much stock in the sudden power surge.
Dallas Keuchel outpitched college roommate Drew Smyly, and the Houston Astros edged Detroit 6-2 on Thursday to snap the Tigers’ eight-game winning streak.
Porcello allowed a run in the third but the Detroit infield turned double plays in the fifth and sixth to help the 25-year-old right-hander.
Robbie Ray gave up one run in his debut and the Detroit Tigers routed the Houston Astros 11-4 Tuesday night for their season-high seventh straight win.
The Detroit Tigers are pretty good, too, at the plate and in the field.
Even after smacking 10 home runs in 17 games for the Toledo Mud Hens, the call up to the Detroit Tigers surprised 26-year-old outfielder J.D. Martinez.
Despite mediocre hitting, Jonathan Villar has too much speed to keep out of the Astros’ lineup.