Kansas City at Detroit

Scoreboard
Kansas City (20-18)000001000130
Detroit (21-18) «11010000x370

Verlander takes no-hitter to 6th as Tigers top Royals

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander made an impressive bid to become the second pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters before allowing an RBI triple to Melky Cabrera of the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning of Detroit 3-1 win Friday night.

In his first start since throwing a no-hitter at Toronto on Saturday, Verlander pitched 5 2/3 hitless innings before Cabrera sent a line drive to the gap in right-center field. Verlander was trying to equal Cincinnati's Johnny Vander Meer, who threw two straight no-hitters in 1938.

More on Royals at Tigers
Related links
Video

Updating MLB news | Follow on Twitter

Verlander (4-3) settled for another outstanding outing, allowing a run on two hits and three walks in eight innings. He struck out seven.

Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his ninth save.

Austin Jackson and Jhonny Peralta hit solo homers for the Tigers off Luke Hochevar (3-4).

In 2009, Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox had a no-hitter broken up after 5 2/3 innings in his first start after a perfect game, according to STATS LLC.

Before Friday's game, Detroit manager Jim Leyland said he wanted to downplay Verlander's previous no-hitter as much as possible, with the hard-throwing right-hander about to take the mound again.

"I think today, the less talk about the no-hitter, the better off we are - for tonight," Leyland said. "I just don't think tonight's the night to be making a big deal about it."

Sure enough, aside from a few fans who stood and applauded him during pregame introductions, there was little acknowledgment of Verlander's feat before Detroit's first home game since the no-hitter.

Leyland may have been onto something, because Verlander took the mound looking as calm as he did last weekend in Toronto. He retired the first three batters he faced before walking Billy Butler to start the second inning. He didn't allow another baserunner until the sixth.

When Mike Aviles grounded out to end the top of the fifth, the crowd behind the Detroit dugout gave Verlander a standing ovation as he walked back. He was over halfway to another no-hitter.

He then struck out Matt Treanor to start the sixth. After a walk to Alcides Escobar and a groundout by Chris Getz, Cabrera finally hit a ball nobody could reach. Right fielder Brennan Boesch had no chance to make a play, and the crowd gave Verlander a standing ovation as he composed himself before facing the next hitter.

He got another standing ovation after striking out Alex Gordon to end the inning -- and then another one when Mike Aviles was caught looking to end the seventh. Aviles immediately flung his bat away in exasperation.

Treanor led off the eighth with a double that eluded a diving Boesch, but Verlander retired the next three hitters easily before leaving after 105 pitches.

Vander Meer threw his no-hitters in June of 1938. The first was against the Boston Braves and the second was at Brooklyn in the first night game played at Ebbets Field.

Jackson led off the bottom of the first with a line drive over the wall in left-center, and Alex Avila drove in a run in the second with a groundball. Peralta's homer in the fourth made it 3-0.

Hochevar went six innings, allowing seven hits. He walked three -- one intentionally -- and struck out three.

Verlander gave up a hit in his final inning of his last start before last weekend's no-hitter -- against the Yankees on May 2.

Notes

  • Detroit's Victor Martinez extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
  • Jackson was thrown out at the plate in the third, trying to score from second on Boesch's single to right.
 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Justin Verlander allows one run on two hits and three walks over eight innings vs. the Royals. (AP)
Justin Verlander allows one run on two hits and three walks over eight innings vs. the Royals. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

J. Peralta
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Detroit

J. Verlander
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 3
K 7
 

Related Video

December 22, 2014
Chargers at Chiefs Preview (2:48)
December 9, 2014
Alex Smith joins Jim Rome
(4:26)
December 26, 2014
Fantasy Update: Reggie Bush
(0:40)
December 22, 2014
Lions at Packers Preview
(2:52)
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Getz, 2B4000001 .212
Melky Cabrera, CF4011001 .280
Alex Gordon, LF4010021 .293
Billy Butler, DH2000211 .293
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000013 .295
Eric Hosmer, 1B4000022 .280
Mike Aviles, 3B3000012 .252
Matt Treanor, C3010020 .229
Alcides Escobar, SS2100101 .223
Totals3013139  
Batting
2B - Matt Treanor (2, Verlander)
3B - Melky Cabrera (3, Verlander)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (25)
2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera (7)
SB - Alex Gordon (4, 2nd base off Valverde/Avila)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Francoeur 1
DP - Aviles-Getz-Hosmer
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Luke Hochevar (L,3-4) 6733332 4.87
Louis Coleman 1.2000020 1.93
Tim Collins 0.1000000 3.38
IBB - Martinez by Luke Hochevar
Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hochevar 102-61, Louis Coleman 18-13, Tim Collins 3-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hochevar 8-5, Tim Collins 1-0
Batters Faced - Luke Hochevar 26, Louis Coleman 5, Tim Collins 1
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF3111100 .229
Scott Sizemore, 2B4010011 .235
Brennan Boesch, RF4010001 .297
    Casper Wells, RF0000000 .256
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4010012 .309
Victor Martinez, DH3110100 .333
Don Kelly, LF3010000 .268
Jhonny Peralta, SS2111112 .298
Alex Avila, C3001013 .273
Brandon Inge, 3B3000011 .203
Totals2937335  
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (11, Hochevar)
HR - Austin Jackson (3, Hochevar), Jhonny Peralta (5, Hochevar)
RBI - Austin Jackson (13), Jhonny Peralta (21), Alex Avila (24)
2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta (6)
SB - Austin Jackson (5, 2nd base off Hochevar/Treanor)
Team LOB - 5
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Verlander (W,4-3) 8211370 2.91
Jose Valverde (S,9) 1100020 1.59
WP - Jose Valverde (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 105-66, Jose Valverde 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 8-9
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 29, Jose Valverde 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33641
Game Time - 2:23
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Dan Bellino