Justin Verlander pitched three scoreless innings before leaving due to right calf discomfort, Houston Astros using 5 reliefs 3-1 victory over Baltimore Orioles on sunday.
Alex Bregman hit a homer for Houston leading the AL West, and Yuri Gurriel scored a two-run single. The Astros dropped his first two games of the weekend’s set after winning four straight.
Alex Bregman’s solo home run headlines Astros win over Orioles
The Houston Astros beat the Baltimore Orioles, 3-1, with the help of Alex Bregman’s solo home run. It was his 20th home run of the season.
It was the shortest outing of the season for Verlander, one of the frontrunners for the AL Cy Young Award. The 39-year-old right-hander allowed three hits, struck out six, and walked one.
Houston’s bullpen then allowed one run and four hits in six innings. Reinstanek (2-1) pitched his 7th to score the win, and Rafael Montero scored on his ninth save to score the win on his ninth.
Verlander threw 60 pitches, 39 of which were strikes. He first allowed back-to-back singles to Cedric Mullins and Adley Lutschman, then struck out the next three batters.
Verlander lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.84. He leads the AL with 16 wins.
Verlander underwent Tommy John surgery in 2020 and missed the entire season last season.
After an off day, Houston will start a two-game series with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. The Astros have yet to announce Tuesday’s starter.
Reported by Associated Press.
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