Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers hits a home run to left field in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 5, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Justin Verlander struck out nine over seven
stellar innings of two-hit ball, as the Detroit Tigers pounded the Houston
Astros, 9-0, to complete a four-game sweep Sunday at Minute Maid Park.
Verlander (4-2) worked around a pair of walks and carried a no-hitter into the
seventh before serving up consecutive one-out singles to Carlos Pena and
Carlos Corporan. The right-hander escaped the frame unscathed by inducing an
inning-ending, double-play groundout from Brandon Laird.
Detroit's offense provided Verlander with plenty of run support, as the Tigers
tallied four home runs, with Prince Fielder and Brayan Pena each belting two-
run shots, and Andy Dirks and Omar Infante adding a solo shot apiece.
Fielder finished with four RBI, while Dirks went 4-for-4 with two RBI and
three runs scored for the Tigers, who recorded their first four-game sweep on
the road since taking four straight from the Kansas City Royals from May
22-25, 2006 at Kauffman Stadium.
Houston starter Philip Humber (0-7) was shelled for eight runs on eight hits
and three walks over four frames for the Astros, who have lost six straight
and 10 of their last 11 games.
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