Verlander propels Tigers with arm, bat in 6-2 win over Rox

DENVER (AP) Justin Verlander felt a little fatigue in the back of his shoulder and called it a day early.

Nothing to be concerned about or anything, he said, just the side effects of swinging the bat so well.

Verlander struck out nine over six commanding innings and drove in his first career run to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-2 on Wednesday.

''I'll take (the soreness) for an RBI,'' Verlander cracked.

Verlander (10-8) allowed one run and three hits. His only mistake was a curveball that Charlie Blackmon hit for a solo homer in the sixth. Verlander also ignited the offense with an RBI single in the second.

''I told him before the game, I said, `Your goal is to drive in more than you let in,''' recounted catcher James McCann , who sealed the game with a three-run shot in the fifth. ''He drove in one and let in one. I guess I'll give it to him.''

Not a bad swing, either, as Verlander lined a two-out slider from Chad Bettis (0-2) that fell in front of Blackmon. Verlander entered the game 3 for 40 in his career with 20 strikeouts.

Although he's been practicing in the cage, the intensity of stepping into the box can't be replicated. It may have led to stress on his shoulder/back area.

''I would call it irregular soreness, but not anything to do with pitching,'' Verlander explained. ''Not used to hitting, probably the altitude and a lot of things. Maybe a little dehydration. ... That's why it's hard to win here. There are a lot of elements besides pitching on the road.''

Still, Verlander once again tamed Coors Field in his second career start at the hitter's park. He also tossed a four-hitter on June 19, 2011.

Nicholas Castellanos added a solo homer as the Tigers captured two of three from Colorado.

The Rockies finished August with a 12-15 record - their first losing month of the season. They saw their lead for the second NL wild card shrink to three games over Milwaukee.

''We will continue to do what we've done all year. We will bounce back,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said.

Bettis struggled with his control in his fourth start since returning from treatment for testicular cancer. He allowed five runs in five innings.

The breaking ball led to Bettis' troubles all afternoon. Castellanos hit a curveball to left-center for his 19th homer of the season. McCann later hit a hanging slider from Bettis for a towering homer to left.

''It was poor execution pitching at a pivotal point in the game. I have to be better than that,'' Bettis said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: 1B Miguel Cabrera wasn't in the starting lineup for a second straight game with back tightness. He entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth with the bases loaded and hit into a double play. ... LHP Daniel Norris (left groin strain) and RHP Anibal Sanchez (left hamstring strain) are scheduled to make rehab starts Thursday.

Rockies: Black remains hopeful that LHP Tyler Anderson (left knee) can help the Rockies' playoff chase in September. Anderson will make a rehab start Thursday.

TRADE SPECULATION

The window for Verlander to be traded may soon be coming to a close for the season. A player must be on a team's roster before Sept. 1 to be eligible for postseason play with that team.

''It's on my mind. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't,'' Verlander said. ''That's not going to change what I have to do.''

THIS & THAT

Tigers SS Jose Iglesias finished 3 for 3 with three singles and a walk. ... Blackmon has 84 RBIs this season, tying him with Taylor Douthit (1930) for second-most in NL history among leadoff hitters. Blackmon remains four behind the mark set by Craig Biggio in 1998.

UP NEXT

Tigers: After a day off, Tigers have four games against Cleveland, including a doubleheader on Friday. LHP Matthew Boyd (5-8, 6.32 ERA) throws the opening game.

Rockies: Begin a pivotal three-game series against Arizona on Friday. LHP Kyle Freeland (11-8, 3.81) goes for the Rockies, while the Diamondbacks throw RHP Taijuan Walker (7-7, 3.55).

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  • W: J. Verlander (10-8)L: C. Bettis (0-2)
  • HR: DET - N. Castellanos (19), J. McCann (13), COL - C. Blackmon (32)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Machado 2B41100012.297.336.364.7002.5
J. Upton LF50100031.279.362.542.904-0.5
N. Castellanos 3B52311002.252.308.457.76410.0
A. Romine 3B00000000.238.300.357.6570.0
J. McCann C42131111.252.323.441.7649.5
J. Hicks 1B41100021.317.366.517.8831.0
J. Jones CF30000101.162.269.250.5191.0
J. Iglesias SS30300100.258.293.370.6634.0
J. Verlander P30110012.167.167.167.3331.5
D. VerHagen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Cabrera PH10000002.252.338.405.7440.0
A. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Greene P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded into a double play for VerHagen in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF31111111.339.401.6221.0236.5
D. LeMahieu 2B40200011.316.381.408.7891.5
N. Arenado 3B40000034.305.360.584.944-1.5
G. Parra LF40000021.337.367.498.866-1.0
I. Desmond 1B40000010.285.328.383.712-0.5
C. Gonzalez RF31100100.239.308.356.6653.0
T. Story SS40110021.230.311.428.7392.0
T. Wolters C30100001.241.337.288.6251.0
a- J. Lucroy PH10000001.253.322.359.6810.0
C. Bettis P10000000.000.200.000.2000.0
b- A. Amarista PH10000010.238.268.358.625-0.5
T. Chatwood P0000-000.152.152.182.000-
c- P. Valaika PH10000011.258.283.528.811-0.5
S. Oberg P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Wolters in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Bettis in the 5th
  • c-struck out for Chatwood in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Castellanos (25)
  • HR - N. Castellanos (19), J. McCann (13)
  • RBI - N. Castellanos (76), J. McCann 3 (41), J. Verlander
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos (31), J. McCann 3 (15), J. Verlander
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Story (22)
  • HR - C. Blackmon (32)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (84), T. Story (60)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Story (27)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Verlander (W, 10-8)6.03111913.821.2827.5
D. VerHagen1.00000106.231.523.5
A. Wilson1.02000203.691.342.0
S. Greene1.01111002.761.210.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Verlander (W, 10-8)6.0
D. VerHagen1.0
A. Wilson1.0
S. Greene1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Bettis (L, 0-2)5.07552424.881.33-2.0
T. Chatwood3.03112305.031.454.5
S. Oberg1.01000105.801.762.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Bettis (L, 0-2)5.0
T. Chatwood3.0
S. Oberg1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 98-67, D. VerHagen 16-10, A. Wilson 16-12, S. Greene 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 7-2, D. VerHagen 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 22, D. VerHagen 3, A. Wilson 5, S. Greene 5
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Chatwood (10)
  • HBP - C. Bettis
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 89-59, T. Chatwood 44-25, S. Oberg 16-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 8-2, T. Chatwood 4-1, S. Oberg 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 24, T. Chatwood 13, S. Oberg 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Mahtook RF40000103.276.331.459.7901.0
D. Machado 2B41100012.297.336.364.7002.5
J. Upton LF50100031.279.362.542.904-0.5
N. Castellanos 3B52311002.252.308.457.76410.0
A. Romine 3B00000000.238.300.357.6570.0
J. McCann C42131111.252.323.441.7649.5
J. Hicks 1B41100021.317.366.517.8831.0
J. Jones CF30000101.162.269.250.5191.0
J. Iglesias SS30300100.258.293.370.6634.0
J. Verlander P30110012.167.167.167.3331.5
D. VerHagen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Cabrera PH10000002.252.338.405.7440.0
A. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Greene P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded into a double play for VerHagen in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF31111111.339.401.6221.0236.5
D. LeMahieu 2B40200011.316.381.408.7891.5
N. Arenado 3B40000034.305.360.584.944-1.5
G. Parra LF40000021.337.367.498.866-1.0
I. Desmond 1B40000010.285.328.383.712-0.5
C. Gonzalez RF31100100.239.308.356.6653.0
T. Story SS40110021.230.311.428.7392.0
T. Wolters C30100001.241.337.288.6251.0
a- J. Lucroy PH10000001.253.322.359.6810.0
C. Bettis P10000000.000.200.000.2000.0
b- A. Amarista PH10000010.238.268.358.625-0.5
T. Chatwood P0000-000.152.152.182.000-
c- P. Valaika PH10000011.258.283.528.811-0.5
S. Oberg P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Wolters in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Bettis in the 5th
  • c-struck out for Chatwood in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Castellanos (25)
  • HR - N. Castellanos (19), J. McCann (13)
  • RBI - N. Castellanos (76), J. McCann 3 (41), J. Verlander
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos (31), J. McCann 3 (15), J. Verlander
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Story (22)
  • HR - C. Blackmon (32)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (84), T. Story (60)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Story (27)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Verlander (W, 10-8)6.03111913.821.2827.5
D. VerHagen1.00000106.231.523.5
A. Wilson1.02000203.691.342.0
S. Greene1.01111002.761.210.0
Total9.06222121---
PITCHERSIP
J. Verlander (W, 10-8)6.0
D. VerHagen1.0
A. Wilson1.0
S. Greene1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Bettis (L, 0-2)5.07552424.881.33-2.0
T. Chatwood3.03112305.031.454.5
S. Oberg1.01000105.801.762.5
Total9.01166482---
PITCHERSIP
C. Bettis (L, 0-2)5.0
T. Chatwood3.0
S. Oberg1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 98-67, D. VerHagen 16-10, A. Wilson 16-12, S. Greene 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 7-2, D. VerHagen 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 22, D. VerHagen 3, A. Wilson 5, S. Greene 5
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Chatwood (10)
  • HBP - C. Bettis
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 89-59, T. Chatwood 44-25, S. Oberg 16-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 8-2, T. Chatwood 4-1, S. Oberg 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 24, T. Chatwood 13, S. Oberg 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Story doubled to deep right center, Gonzalez scored62
  • 8TH INNING
    Cabrera grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Hicks scored, Jones to third, Iglesias out at second61
  • 6TH INNING
    Blackmon homered to center51
  • 5TH INNING
    McCann homered to left center, Machado and Castellanos scored50
  • 3RD INNING
    Castellanos homered to left20
  • 2ND INNING
    Verlander singled to center, McCann scored, Iglesias to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Scott Oberg pitching
    • D. Machado: Machado grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Upton: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
    • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos doubled to deep center
    • J. McCann: Foul, McCann fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Shane Greene relieved Alex Wilson
    • Andrew Romine at third
    • G. Parra: Foul, Parra lined out to left
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond flied out to center
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • T. Story: Story doubled to deep right center, Gonzalez scored
    • Jonathan Lucroy hit for Tony Wolters
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lucroy flied out to center
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • J. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Foul, Hicks singled to center
    • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jones walked, Hicks to second
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Iglesias singled to shallow left, Hicks to third, Jones to second
    • Miguel Cabrera hit for Drew VerHagen
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Hicks scored, Jones to third, Iglesias out at second
    • M. Mahtook: Mahtook flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Alex Wilson pitching
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Wolters singled to shallow center
    • Pat Valaika hit for Tyler Chatwood
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Blackmon popped out to third
    • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu singled to shallow right, Wolters to third
    • N. Arenado: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • J. Upton: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
    • N. Castellanos: Foul, Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
    • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, McCann grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Drew VerHagen relieved Justin Verlander
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to third
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Story grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Tyler Chatwood pitching
    • J. Jones: Ball, Jones grounded out to third
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias singled to center
    • J. Verlander: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Verlander struck out bunting foul
    • M. Mahtook: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mahtook walked
    • D. Machado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Verlander Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Ball, Blackmon homered to center
    • D. LeMahieu: Foul, LeMahieu grounded out to third
    • N. Arenado: Arenado flied out to deep left
    • G. Parra: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • M. Mahtook: Ball, Ball, Mahtook grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Machado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Machado singled to right center
    • J. Upton: Strike swinging, Upton flied out to deep right
    • N. Castellanos: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Castellanos singled to right, Machado to second
    • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, McCann homered to left center, Machado and Castellanos scored
    • J. Hicks: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Verlander Pitching:
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Wolters grounded out to shortstop
    • Alexi Amarista hit for Chad Bettis
    • A. Amarista: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Amarista struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • J. Hicks: Hicks grounded out to third
    • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jones grounded out to second
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Iglesias singled to left
    • J. Verlander: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Verlander reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Iglesias out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Verlander Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Desmond grounded out to third
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • D. Machado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Machado grounded out to second
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Upton struck out on foul tip
    • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos homered to left
    • J. McCann: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Verlander Pitching:
    • C. Bettis: Ball, Strike looking, Bettis flied out to deep right
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blackmon walked
    • D. LeMahieu: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, McCann walked
    • J. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
    • J. Jones: Strike looking, Jones grounded out to third, McCann to second
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Iglesias walked
    • J. Verlander: Foul, Verlander singled to center, McCann scored, Iglesias to third
    • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Verlander Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Desmond grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez singled to shallow center
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Wolters grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Mahtook flied out to deep left
    • D. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Machado hit by pitch
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Upton singled to right, Machado to second
    • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Castellanos grounded into double play shortstop to first, Upton out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Verlander Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, LeMahieu singled to right
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • G. Parra: Parra grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)