Verlander allows 2 HRs in 2-hitter, loses 2-1 to Tigers

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched a two-hitter and misplaced, permitting homers to John Hicks and Ronny Rodriguez because the Detroit Tigers beat the Houston Astros 2-1 on Wednesday night time.

Hicks led off the ninth with a tiebreaking blast to left-center discipline off Verlander (15-5), who leads the majors in strikeouts with 239 however ranks second in homers allowed with 33.

The veteran right-hander retired the primary 14 batters, with six strikeouts, earlier than Rodriguez homered to the seats in proper with two outs within the fifth. Verlander sat down one other 10 straight earlier than Hicks linked.

With Verlander on the mound at residence towards the worst group within the majors, the Astros have been greater than a 5-1 favourite, one of many largest favorites in an MLB sport that Las Vegas oddsmakers might bear in mind. Verlander, who spent 13 seasons with the Tigers, did his half.

He walked none and completed with 11 strikeouts in his 99-pitch gem, extending his franchise file of video games with 10 or extra strikeouts to seven as he misplaced for the primary time since June 18.

Robinson Chirinos belted his 14th homer to left-center on Tyler Alexander’s first pitch of the seventh to tie it at 1. Chirinos completed with 4 hits. Needing a triple for the cycle, he doubled with two outs within the ninth however was thrown out making an attempt to succeed in third to finish the sport.

Opener Daniel Norris allowed two hits in three innings for Detroit. Alexander labored 4 innings, Buck Farmer (5-4) walked one in a scoreless eighth and Joe Jimenez completed the Tigers’ six-hitter for his fourth save.

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Jose Altuve walked with one out within the eighth, however was erased when he tried to go first to 3rd on an infield grounder by Alex Bregman to finish the inning.


Astros: RHP Josh James (shoulder soreness) will start a rehabilitation project with Triple-A Spherical Rock on Thursday night time. Supervisor A.J. Hinch stated James, who has been out since July 23, doubtless will not rejoin the group till September. … INF Aledmys Diaz took batting apply on Wednesday and will come off the injured record early subsequent week. Diaz was hospitalized Aug. 17 after experiencing dizziness on the group bus in Oakland.


Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmerman (1-8, 6.66 ERA) is scheduled to start out for Detroit when the sequence wraps up on Thursday night time. Zimmerman allowed only one hit in 5 scoreless innings in his final begin towards Tampa Bay, however didn’t issue within the choice.

Astros: RHP Gerrit Cole (14-5, 2.87) will begin on Thursday after being scratched from his final begin on Aug. 15 due to discomfort in his proper hamstring. Cole, who ranks second within the majors with 226 strikeouts, has received his final 10 selections.

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