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Verlander Dominates In Win Over White Sox

Verlander took a no-hitter into the 7th inning

May 21, 2019 - 10:03 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Justin Verlander improved to 8-1 after allowing just one run over eight innings in the Astros 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Verlander struck out a season-high 12 on the night and had a no-hitter going until seventh which was broken up when Jose Abreu drove a first pitch fastball over the centerfield. That was the only hit he allowed all night. The only other baserunner he allowed was a second inning walk to Yonder Alonso. He threw 101 pitches, 74 for strikes. Hector Rondon worked a scoreless ningth.

It took awhile for the Astros bats to get going against White Sox starter Dylan Covey, who matched Verlander zero-for-zero, but that changed when Yuli Gurriel smacked an 0-1 fastball just over the glove of a leaping Charlie Tilson in rightfield for his fourth home run of the season. Then in the fifth, the Astros finally busted the game open, with the help of Covey.

He walked Tony Kemp and Jake Marisnick to begin the inning, and after falling behind 2-0 against Josh Reddick was lifted in favor of Aaron Bummer. Reddick would eventually walk to load the bases loaded. Bummer allowed Kemp to score on a wild pitch with Alex Bregman at the plate. Bregman walked, and Michael Brantley's double brought home Marisnick and Reddick. Carlos Correa capped the inning with an RBI single.

Gurriel and Aledmys Diaz had two hits for the Astros who won for the 12th time in 13 games, improving to 32-16 on the season. Marisnick walked twice.

The loss drops Chicago to 21-26.

Gerrit Cole will take the mound for the Astros in game three-of-four against the White Sox opposite Ivan Nova.