Verlander wins in his re­turn to Detroit as Astros top Tigers

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DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander drew sev­eral big cheers and pitched seven sharp in­nings in his re­turn to Comer­ica Park while lead­ing the Hous­ton Astros over the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Mon­day night.

Verlander struck out 10 in his first game in Detroit since be­ing traded to Hous­ton in Au­gust 2017. The World Se­ries cham­pion Astros opened a three­game lead over Oak­land atop the AL West.

Verlander (15-9) made his ma­jor league de­but with Detroit in 2005 and ranks among the top 10 on sev­eral of the team’s ca­reer pitch­ing lists.

The 35-year-old righty re­ceived a long stand­ing ova­tion af­ter a video tribute was played as he walked in from the bullpen, and an­other when he came out to warm up for the first in­ning. Both times, he tipped his cap and waved to the crowd.

Verlander al­lowed two runs on six hits and one walk, im­prov­ing to 98-50 at Comer­ica Park. Max Scherzer is sec­ond in ca­reer wins at the sta­dium with 46, while Jor­dan Zim­mer­mann leads cur­rent Tigers with 14.

The Tigers put two run­ners on in the sev­enth, but Verlander struck out Ja­Coby Jones and Jeimer Can­de­lario to es­cape with a 3-2 lead. He re­ceived a third stand­ing ova­tion af­ter the in­ning, hav­ing thrown 104 pitches.

BREW­ERS 3, CUBS 2

CHICAGO (AP) — Lorenzo Cain had four hits, Mike Mous­takas scored on Carl Ed­wards Jr.’s wild pitch in the sixth in­ning and Mil­wau­kee edged Chicago to pull within one game of the NL Cen­tral lead­ers.

Or­lando Ar­cia and Jonathan Schoop each drove in a run as Mil­wau­kee (83-62) won for the sev­enth time in eight games. It’s the clos­est the Brew­ers have been to the di­vi­sion lead since they trailed the Cubs by a game on Aug. 5.

Wade Mi­ley (4-2) pitched five ef­fec­tive in­nings be­fore Corbin Burnes, Josh Hader and Jeremy Jef­fress closed it out for wild card-lead­ing Mil­wau­kee. Hader struck out six straight bat­ters and Jef­fress got three outs for his 11th save.

Back home af­ter a soggy week­end in Washington, Chicago (83-60) lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Jon Lester (15-6) ex­ited in the sixth with lower back tight­ness. He al­lowed eight hits in his first loss since Aug. 11.

ROCK­IES 13, DI­A­MOND­BACKS 2

DEN­VER (AP) — Trevor Story hit a three-run homer dur­ing a six-run fifth in­ning, Ger­man Mar­quez struck out 11 over seven mas­ter­ful in­nings and Colorado routed Ari­zona to in­crease its lead in the NL West.

The Rock­ies moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Los An­ge­les Dodgers, who lost at Cincin­nati. The Di­a­mond­backs now trail by 3 1/2 games. This is the lat­est the Rock­ies have been alone atop the di­vi­sion since 1995.

David Dahl put the game out of reach with his first ca­reer grand slam in a seven-run sev­enth. Ari­zona has al­lowed 10 or more runs four times this sea­son — three of those to Colorado.

Story pro­vided the big blow with his 32nd homer on a fast­ball from Sil­vino Bra­cho af­ter the re­liever took over from starter Zack God­ley (14-9).

REDS 10, DODGERS 6

CINCIN­NATI (AP) — Scooter Gen­nett had four hits and three RBIs, Joey Votto hit a two-run dou­ble on his 35th birth­day and Cincin­nati im­proved to 5-0 against Los An­ge­les this sea­son.

Eu­ge­nio Suarez home­red for the last-place Reds, and Jose Per­aza scored three runs. That helped Cincin­nati over­come Chris Tay­lor’s two-run homer and Yas­mani Gran­dal’s solo shot.

The Dodgers dropped 1 1/2 games be­hind first-place Colorado in the NL West when the Rock­ies routed Ari­zona.

CAR­DI­NALS 8, PI­RATES 7

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Adams hit a three-run homer in the eighth in­ning to rally St. Louis past Pitts­burgh.

The Car­di­nals, who over­came deficits of 4-0 and 6-4, moved two games ahead of the Dodgers in the race for the sec­ond NL wild card.

Josh Harrison, Colin Mo­ran and Star­ling Marte home­red for the Pi­rates, who had their fiveg­ame win­ning streak snapped.

Adams home­red off Edgar San­tana (2-3) to erase a 6-4 deficit. John Breb­bia (2-3) picked up the win.

RAYS 6, IN­DI­ANS 5

ST. PETERS­BURG, Fla. (AP) — Ji-Man Choi hit a tworun homer off Brad Hand with two outs in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning, and Tampa Bay beat Cleveland to set a team record with its 12th straight vic­tory at home.

Cleveland ace Corey Klu­ber was chased in the sec­ond in­ning, but the In­di­ans ral­lied be­fore blow­ing a late lead. They started play with a magic num­ber of five to clinch their third con­sec­u­tive AL Cen­tral cham­pi­onship. Sec­ond-place Min­nesota was at home against the New York Yan­kees.

Tommy Pham sin­gled be­fore Choi went deep against Hand (0-1).

Klu­ber lasted just 1 2/3 in­nings — match­ing his sea­son low — and gave up four runs and five hits. The right-han­der and Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell are tied for the most wins in the ma­jors with 18.

YAN­KEES 7, TWINS 2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gary Sanchez had three hits, in­clud­ing a mam­moth home run, J.A. Happ tossed six shutout in­nings and New York ex­tended its mas­tery of Min­nesota.

The Yan­kees in­creased their lead over idle Oak­land to three games for the first AL wild card.

RANGERS 5, AN­GELS 2

ANA­HEIM (AP) — Ron­ald Guz­man home­red, Joey Gallo drove in three runs and Mike Mi­nor threw six solid in­nings to help Texas end a four-game los­ing streak with a win over Los An­ge­les.

Guz­man hit a two-run homer in a four-run sec­ond against a wild Jaime Bar­ria (10-9), who had thrown 12 con­sec­u­tive score­less in­nings.

Mi­nor (12-8) con­tin­ued his sec­ond-half suc­cess, al­low­ing one run and eight hits as the Rangers stopped the An­gels’ four-game win­ning streak.

ROY­ALS 4, WHITE SOX 3, 10 IN­NINGS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — White Sox re­liever Jean­mar Gomez threw away a bunt in the 10th in­ning, giv­ing Kansas City a win over Chicago.

Brian Good­win led off the Roy­als 10th with a dou­ble. Al­cides Es­co­bar bunted and Gomez (0-2) made a wild toss over third base­man Yolmer Sanchez, let­ting Good­win score.

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