DETROIT — Justin Verlander allowed one hit over eight innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-0 on Wednesday night.
Josh Bell ended Verlander’s attempt at a third career no-hitter in the sixth inning with a grounder off the glove of a diving Nicholas Castellanos at third base.
Ian Kinsler homered, scored four times and drove in four runs and Castellanos had five RBIs. The Tigers lost the first two games of the home-and-home series in Pittsburgh. The series concludes Thursday afternoon.
Verlander (8-7) won for the third straight start, allowing three walks while striking out six. He has allowed two runs in 21 innings in wins over the Astros, Orioles and Pirates.
He received a standing ovation at the end of the sixth, and a longer one after retiring the side in the eighth. Still the subject of constant trade rumours, he tipped his cap to the fans after the eighth.
Ivan Nova (10-9) allowed six runs, 10 hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five in his first outing against the Tigers in exactly four years.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first on singles by Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera and Castellanos.
Detroit made it 3-0 in the second. John Hicks doubled, took third on right fielder Gregory Polanco’s fielding error and scored on Andrew Romine’s sacrifice fly. After Jose Iglesias struck out, Kinsler hit his 11th homer.
Jim Aducci kept Verlander’s no-hitter alive with a running catch of Francisco Cervelli’s sinking liner in the fifth, then had to make a quick recovery on the next …read more