Justin Verlander became the first Major League Baseball pitcher to win 20 games this season as the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4.
“Name a pitch, I had trouble finding consistency with anything,” Verlander (20-5) told reporters last night.
He gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings while striking out six at Target Field in Minneapolis. Verlander threw his second career no-hitter in May and has taken two more games into the eighth inning before giving up hits.
Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila led off the second inning with home runs for a 2-0 lead, and the Tigers (73-59) added two more runs in the fifth.
The Twins (55-77) tied the game in the sixth on a two-run double by Luke Hughes, after Hughes and Jason Repko hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth.
Delmon Young and Cabrera each hit run-scoring singles in the seventh inning to clinch the win for the Tigers.
“Get the win and get the 20 so the 20 is out of the way and he’s not searching for it anymore,” Young told reporters. “Now he can just go out there and try to win every start he goes out there because he’s already got the magic number.”
Twins pitcher Carl Pavano (6-11) surrendered nine hits and six runs in 6 2/3 innings.