MINNEAPOLIS – Houston Astros winger Justin Verlander missed a hit-and-run bid with an out in the eighth inning on Tuesday night when Minnesota Twins’ Gio Urshela made a clean sweep to right field.
Verlander was five outs from completing his fourth without hits when Urshela threw his 84th shot on the outside field.
The 39-year-old’s no-hits hit came in 2019 against Toronto, and he also pitched two with the Detroit Tigers. Nolan Ryan holds the major league record with seven hits. Sandy Koufax ranks second with four.
Verlander was perfect for four innings before allowing an initial walk to Jorge Polanco in the fifth. Verlander got Urshela to throw a double game a shot later.
The right-hander also gave a two-out pass to No. 9 hitter Gilberto Celestino in the sixth inning.
Verlander, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, entered on Tuesday with a record 3-1 and 1.93 ERA in five outings this year after missing the entire 2021 season and almost the entire 2020 due to Tommy John surgery.
His best start of the year before Tuesday came on April 16, when he pitched eight goalless innings and allowed just three hits against Seattle.
Verlander was playing second without a major hit this season after five New York Mets pitchers combined for one against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 29th. There was a record nine no hits in the majors last season.
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