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Justin Verlander loses bid to match Vander Meer in the sixth

May 13, 2011, 8:24 PM EST

Justin Verlander

8:32 p.m. EDT: Melky Cabrera broke up the bid with two outs in the sixth.  After Alcides Escobar walked with one out, Chris Getz hit a grounder that likely would have been an inning-ending double-play ball, except for that Escobar was off with the pitch.

Verlander then left a changeup up to Cabrera, who pounded into the gap to score Escobar.  It broke up an 0-for-49 string for the league against the right-hander.

9:35 p.m. EDT: Verlander ended up allowing two hits over eight innings in a 3-1 victory.  Jose Valverde cleaned up in the ninth.  Verlander struck out seven in a 105-pitch outing.  He improved to 4-3 with a 2.91 ERA.

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Justin Verlander, bidding to become just the second pitcher ever to throw back-to-back no-hitters, is through five hitless in his start against the Royals.

Verlander has struck out three and walked one.  He’s thrown 61 pitches with the Tigers up 3-0 and retired 12 straight after walking Billy Butler to begin the second inning.

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