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  • Justin Verlander Throws No Hitter In Astros Win

    Verlander pitches 3rd career no-hitter, Astros beat Jays 2-0

    TORONTO -- Justin Verlander took the mound for the ninth inning, fully aware of the no-hitters he finished -- and his near misses, too.

    Zeroed in, he wouldn't be denied this time.

    Verlander pitched his third career no-hitter, punctuating a dominant season by striking out 14 to lead the Houston Astros past the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 on Sunday.

    Verlander became just the sixth pitcher to throw at least three no-hitters in the majors, an elite club that includes the likes of Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax and Cy Young.

    Verlander (17-5) is the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters as a visitor in the same park -- he also threw one at Rogers Centre in 2011 with Detroit. His other no-no was in 2007 for the Tigers against Milwaukee.

    Verlander allowed only one runner, with Cavan Biggio drawing a one-out walk in the first inning. The Blue Jays, with a lineup full of young, aggressive batters, never came close to a hit in the Astros' second no-hitter of the season -- four Houston pitchers combined to blank Seattle a month ago.

    The 36-year-old Verlander joined Ryan (seven), Koufax (four) and Young, Bob Feller and 1880s-era Larry Corcoran (three each) in rarefied air on the no-hitter list.

    Verlander lost a no-hit try in the eighth inning late in 2011, had bids broken in the ninth in 2012 and 2015 and had another attempt spoiled last May in the seventh by Jose Abreu of the White Sox.

    Verlander threw a season-high 120 pitches, mixing a fastball that reached the upper 90s mph with a sharp curve.

    Verlander is tied for the big league lead in wins. The eight-time All-Star and former AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner tops the majors in strikeouts (257) and innings (193) and leads the AL with a 2.56 ERA.
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