Astros pitcher Lucas Harrell was sick of watching the Detroit Tigers constantly high-five during a brutal four-game series sweep at Minute Maid Park.

Reliever Wesley Wright said the Astros’ constant failure had become a “manhood” issue. Detroit starter Justin Verlander didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning Sunday in the Tigers’ 9-0 victory before a crowd of 23,228. The defeat capped a 37-8 Detroit run since Thursday, pushed the Astros to their sixth consecutive loss, and left them with a major league-worst 8-24 record.

Astros catcher Carlos Corporan said a young club that has dropped 10 of 11 games and has won only four times in the last 23 days has too much pride to regularly be intimidated on its home field.

Astros closer Jose Veras? He simply had enough.

Several Astros said the eight-year veteran led a closed-door postgame meeting Sunday. Veras acknowledged using his proud, pounding voice to deliver a wake-up call to a team that was outscored 28-2 during its final 11 innings against the Tigers (19-11).

A series that began with two games of frustrating promise — a 14th-inning defeat Thursday, a one-run ninth-inning loss Friday — ended as the Astros’ lowest point of an already troubled season.

“It’s easy to come here, lose a game, take a shower, guys can go home and say, ‘OK, we’ll get it tomorrow.’ No. It’s not that way,” Veras said. “We get paid to win ballgames. We are here to win ballgames. You (played) on teams in the minors to be here. Now you’re here. You’ve got to find a way to be successful to stay here.”


Veras won a World Baseball Classic gold medal in March with the Dominican Republic. Like many Astros, he’s struggled during the initial stages of the 2013 season. But Veras is passionate about baseball, and he’s grown tired of watching his new team’s losses quickly mount.

Through 32 games, the Astros are on pace for a record-setting 122 defeats. They’ve won only two series, have been swept four times, and have given up four-game series to Boston and Detroit in the last 11 days.