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DETROIT -- Robbie Ray won his major league debut and Miguel Cabrera had four hits and drove in four runs to lead the Detroit Tigers to their seventh straight victory, an 11-4 pounding of the Houston Astros on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Ray, who was acquired from the Washington Nationals in an offseason trade, held the Astros scoreless until the sixth. He allowed one run on five hits while striking out five and retired 10 consecutive batters after giving up a leadoff single in the second.

The 22-year-old left-hander was filling in for Anibal Sanchez, who is on the disabled list with a right middle finger laceration.

First baseman Cabrera smacked his third homer of the season while shortstop Danny Worth contributed two hits, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Second baseman Ian Kinsler supplied three hits and right fielder Torii Hunter, third baseman Nick Castellanos and catcher Alex Avila added two apiece. Every batter in the Tigers' lineup had at least one hit for the fourth time in five games as they rapped a season-high 18. The Tigers' run total was also a season high.

With San Francisco losing to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, the Tigers own the majors' longest active winning streak.

Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer (0-6) allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings while taking the loss. Rookie right fielder George Springer had three hits, scored a run and drove in another for Houston.

Cabrera's solo home run in the first inning could have been a two-run blast if not for Hunter's baserunning blunder. The Detroit right fielder was thrown out trying to steal third by catcher Jason Castro immediately before Cabrera deposited a 3-1 pitch into the left-center-field bullpen.

Detroit extended its lead to 3-0 in the third on Hunter's sacrifice fly and designated hitter Victor Martinez's RBI single.

Shortstop Danny Worth's sacrifice fly in the fourth made it 4-0.

NOTES: Tigers RF Torii Hunter extended his hitting streak to 13 games with his first-inning double. He is tied with Baltimore's Nick Markakis for the American League's longest active streak. ... Detroit LF Rajai Davis was not in starting lineup because manager Brad Ausmus wanted to give J.D. Martinez a start. "I'd like to be able to play four outfielders," Ausmus said. ... RHP Jarred Cosart on Monday became the first Houston starter to lose a game in which he gave up no earned runs while pitching at least seven innings since Mark Portugal dropped a similar game on Sept. 9, 1991. ... Astros LHP Raul Valdez, who was designated for assignment Sunday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. ... The Tigers made room for Tuesday's starter, LHP Robbie Ray, by optioning RHP Jose Ortega to Triple-A Toledo.

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