Starting pitcher Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the first inning on July 15, 2012. / Rob Carr / Getty Images
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Justin Verlander bounced back from his poor
performance in the All-Star Game by tossing eight scoreless innings on Sunday
to help the Detroit Tigers blank the Baltimore Orioles, 4-0, in the rubber
match of a three-game series.
Verlander (10-5) gave up just three hits and recorded eight strikeouts for the
Tigers, who have won seven of eight. As the starting pitcher for the American
League in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, Verlander was charged with five runs
in just one inning of work.
But the right-hander regained his form Sunday, and has now worked six or more
innings in each of his last 61 starts for the Tigers dating back to Aug. 22,
2010. It marks the longest such streak by a major league pitcher since Steve
Carlton did so in 69 straight starts from Sept. 13, 1979-April 13, 1982.
Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson hit solo homers for Detroit, which got an
RBI apiece from Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta.
Miguel Gonzalez (1-1) allowed three runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings for
the Orioles, who have lost four of five.
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