Justin Verlander dismissed the first 14 hitters he faced

Tigers are destroyed by the Astros, led by Justin Verlander.

On Sunday afternoon, the visiting Houston Astros defeated the Detroit Tigers 9-3 thanks to seven strong innings from Justin Verlander.

Pitching for Detroit from 2005 to 2017, Verlander dismissed the first 14 hitters he faced. With eight strikeouts and two singles allowed, he won his 101st game at Comerica Park, home of the Tigers.

Kyle Tucker launched a two-run home run, his 13th in the major leagues. Mauricio Dubon had four hits, scored a run, and drove in another. Jake Meyers had three hits and three runs driven in.
In six and a third innings, Detroit starter Jack Flaherty was tagged for three runs and seven hits. He was struck out seven times.

In the ninth, Spencer Torkelson launched a two-run home run, his first of the season.

Verlander receivedĀ  into a groove from the very first batter, as he struck out Riley Greene.

In the first four innings, there was a baserunner for the Astros. The Tigers turned three double plays, but none of them got past first base.

Colt Keith’s infield single gave the Tigers a baserunner for the first time. And then they found him stealing.

Dubon reached on a single with one out in the sixth to break the tie. Then, on a 3-1 count, Tucker lofted a Flaherty slider over the left field wall.
When Matt Vierling flied out in the sixth, Detroit left the bases loaded.

Bregman singled to start the eighth inning. Before leaving, Flaherty recorded two more outs. After taking Flaherty’s spot, Joey Wentz let up a single to Joey Loperfido. Meyers then hit a single to bring in Bregman. Dubon then scored another RBI single to complete theĀ  it 4-0.

In the eighth inning against Alex Lange, Houston extended its lead. Yainer Diaz singled in a run, and Loperfido doubled in another. Meyers single and error gave the Astros two more runs.

In the eighth, Meyers added an RBI single.

Houston’s hopes of a shutout were dashed in the bottom of the inning when Akil Baddoo tripled and scored on a balk. With two outs, Torkelson hit a long ball.

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