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5:37 PM, May 5, 2013   |    comments
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Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Justin Verlander struck out nine over seven stellar innings of two-hit ball, as the Detroit Tigers pounded the Houston Astros, 9-0, to complete a four-game sweep Sunday at Minute Maid Park.

Verlander (4-2) worked around a pair of walks and carried a no-hitter into the seventh before serving up consecutive one-out singles to Carlos Pena and Carlos Corporan. The right-hander escaped the frame unscathed by inducing an inning-ending, double-play groundout from Brandon Laird.

Detroit's offense provided Verlander with plenty of run support, as the Tigers tallied four home runs, with Prince Fielder and Brayan Pena each belting two- run shots, and Andy Dirks and Omar Infante adding a solo shot apiece.

Fielder finished with four RBI, while Dirks went 4-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored for the Tigers, who recorded their first four-game sweep on the road since taking four straight from the Kansas City Royals from May 22-25, 2006 at Kauffman Stadium.

Houston starter Philip Humber (0-7) was shelled for eight runs on eight hits and three walks over four frames for the Astros, who have lost six straight and 10 of their last 11 games.

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