Tigers' Verlander tosses second career no-hitterMay 8, 2011 - 4:15 AM
Verlander (3-3) was a walk to Toronto rookie catcher J.P. Arencibia away from throwing the first perfect game in team history. He quickly erased the Blue Jays' lone baserunner on a double play to end the eighth inning, then put the finishing touches on his gem with his fourth strikeout, fanning Rajai Davis for the final out.
The 28-year-old right-hander tossed the seventh no-hitter in team annals, and the first since he turned the trick on June 12, 2007 against the Brewers in Detroit. Armando Galarraga nearly threw a perfect game last June for the Tigers, but a blown call by first base umpire Jim Joyce cost him immortality.
"He was totally in control from the start. Almost perfect," said Detroit manager Jim Leyland. "He's got two [no-hitters] now and that doesn't surprise me. And it wouldn't surprise me if he gets another one at some point in his career. That's how good his stuff can be."
Verlander's no-hitter was the second one recorded during the week -- Minnesota's Francisco Liriano stymied the White Sox on Tuesday.
Jhonny Peralta clubbed a solo home run and Alex Avila added a two-run shot for the Tigers, who dropped the opener of this four-game series, 7-4, on Friday.
Victor Martinez joined Peralta and Avila with two RBI.
Ricky Romero (2-4), who had his start pushed back two days due to a strained left oblique, surrendered six runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings for Toronto.
The Blue Jays were no-hit for the first time in 20 years, when Texas' Nolan Ryan notched the seventh -- and final one -- of his career on May 1, 1991.
"We have good enough hitters that [getting no-hit] shouldn't happen to us," Romero said.
Romero retired six batters in a row to begin the game, but ran into trouble in the third inning.
After Detroit loaded the bases with one out, the left-hander walked Scott Sizemore to force in the game's first run. Brandon Inge then scored on a wild pitch and another runner scored on a groundout by Magglio Ordonez.
The Tigers put up another three spot in their next at-bat, as Peralta launched a one-out blast to left field and Avila followed a Ryan Raburn double with a drive to right-center.
Martinez singled home Miguel Cabrera in the fifth for a 7-0 Detroit lead.
Verlander's bid for perfection was nearly spoiled in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Edwin Encarnacion hit a comebacker to the mound that bounced off the Detroit hurler, who recovered in time to throw out the runner at first base.
Martinez and Peralta both stroked run-scoring singles in the ninth.
Verlander tossed the fourth shutout and the 12th complete game of his career...Verlander threw 108 pitches, 74 for strikes...Verlander joined Virgil Trucks as the only pitchers to throw two no-hitters with Detroit...The Tigers snapped a four-game road losing streak...Toronto has lost five of its last seven games...Carlos Villanueva replaced Romero and limited Detroit to one run on four hits in 4 2/3 innings.
- DETROIT: 9
May 7 7:24 PM
- Jhonny Peralta singled to left scored Scott Sizemore. On the play, Victor Martinez advances to second and Miguel Cabrera advances to third. Bases loaded with two outs and Ryan Raburn due up.
Tigers 9, Blue Jays 0 Top 9, 2 OutsMay 7 7:24 PM
- Victor Martinez singled to left scored Brandon Inge. On the play, Miguel Cabrera advances to second and Scott Sizemore advances to third. Bases loaded with two outs and Jhonny Peralta due up.
Tigers 8, Blue Jays 0 Top 9, 2 OutsMay 7 7:24 PM
- Victor Martinez singled to center scored Miguel Cabrera.. Runner on first with none out and Jhonny Peralta due up.
Tigers 7, Blue Jays 0 Top 5, 0 OutsMay 7 7:23 PM
- Alex Avila one-out, two-run Home Run (6) to right scored Ryan Raburn. Brandon Inge due up.
Tigers 6, Blue Jays 0 Top 4, 1 OutMay 7 7:21 PM
- Jhonny Peralta one-out, solo Home Run (2) to left. Ryan Raburn due up.
Tigers 4, Blue Jays 0 Top 4, 1 OutMay 7 7:21 PM
- Magglio Ordonez grounded out short to first scored Austin Jackson.. Runner on second with two outs and Miguel Cabrera due up.
Tigers 3, Blue Jays 0 Top 3, 2 OutsMay 7 7:21 PM
- Scott Sizemore advances to second on a wild pitch. Austin Jackson advances to third on a wild pitch. Brandon Inge scored on a wild pitch.. Runners on second and third and with one out and Magglio Ordonez at the plate.
Tigers 2, Blue Jays 0 Top 3, 1 OutMay 7 7:20 PM
- Scott Sizemore walked. Alex Avila scored on the play. Bases loaded with one out and Magglio Ordonez due up.
Tigers 1, Blue Jays 0 Top 3, 1 OutMay 7 7:20 PM
- DETROIT: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 7 7:20 PM
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