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Astros’ Verlander makes triumphant return to Detroit
September 12, 2018
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Detroit: Justin Verlander struck out 10 in a triumphant return to Comerica Park and the Houston Astros held on for a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

The longtime Tigers ace was making his first start at his former home park since he was traded last season. He gave up two runs on six hits while walking one in seven innings.

Verlander (15-9) faced his former club for the first time at Houston on July 15. He allowed four homers in a 6-3 loss just before the All-Star break.

Tyler White led Houston’s offense with two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Marwin Gonzalez also drove in a run for the Astros.

Elsewhere, in Denver, Trevor Story homered to cap a six-run fifth inning, David Dahl hit his first career grand slam as part of a seven-run seventh inning, and Colorado beat Arizona 13-2 in Denver.

Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu and Tony Wolters each had three hits, and German Marquez turned in another strong outing to help the Rockies pad their lead in the National League West.

Colorado is 1 1/2 games up on the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers and 3 1/2 games ahead of the third-place Diamondbacks.

Marquez (12-9) benefited from the offensive explosion. He allowed two runs — one earned — on six hits and a walk while striking out 11. Marquez is 3-0 with 1.69 ERA over his past six starts. He has not allowed more than two runs in an outing during that span.

Meanwhile in Chicago, Lorenzo Cain had four hits, Wade Miley pitched five innings, and the decisive run scored on a wild pitch as Milwaukee won 3-2 at Chicago.

Miley (4-2) allowed two runs, four hits and three walks while striking out one as the Brewers won their fourth in a row to pull within one game of first-place Chicago in the National League Central. The Cubs have dropped three straight.

Cubs starter Jon Lester (15-6) allowed three runs, eight hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings before leaving with lower back tightness.

Reuters

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