Justin Verlander said his second career no-hitter felt “just as good as the first” after the Detroit Tigers righthander allowed just one baserunner on an eighth-inning walk in a 9-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Verlander (3-3) yesterday became the 28th pitcher in major league history to register two no-hit games as he threw the second no-hit game of the Major League Baseball season.
Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins recorded the season’s first no-hitter five days ago, against the Chicago White Sox. Verlander’s first no-hitter came against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 12, 2007.
“I felt like tonight I had really good control of my fastball, and I just used that to my advantage,” Verlander, 28, told reporters at Rogers Centre in Toronto. He threw 74 of 108 pitches for strikes, and struck out four.
The Tigers (16-18) scored three runs in the third inning off a walk, wild pitch and groundout. Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avila homered in the fourth to add three more runs.
Victor Martinez had run-scoring singles in the fifth and ninth innings and Peralta added an RBI single in the ninth.
“My breaking ball was surprisingly my worst pitch,” the righthander said. “That’s probably indicative of why I didn’t have many strikeouts. I was just able to move the ball around and keep guys off balance and get some quick outs.”
Ricky Romero (2-4) surrendered six runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings for Toronto (15-18).