Astros' Justin Verlander: Earns 12th win, 200th of career
Verlander (12-8) allowed four earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out six across 5.1 innings but earned the win Sunday against the Athletics. It was the right-hander's 200th career win.
Verlander surrendered three home runs in the first three innings -- Khris Davis took him deep twice -- but bounced back to pitch his final 2.1 innings without surrendering a run. After allowing multiple home runs three times in his first 20 starts, Verlander has now allowed multiple home runs in four of his past seven outings. In that span, his ERA has risen from 2.05 to 2.65. While that's still an excellent mark that's good enough for fourth in the American League, his recent susceptibility to the long ball is at least worth noting. Verlander will look for career win No. 201 on Saturday against the Angels.
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