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Verlander flirts with no-no, Tigers edge Rangers

6:22 PM, Jul 14, 2013   |    comments
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Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Justin Verlander spun seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball to help the Detroit Tigers defeat the Texas Rangers, 5-0, in the rubber match of a three-game set at Comerica Park.

In what has been a subpar first-half of the season for the 2011 MVP and Cy Young Award winner's standards, Verlander's (10-6) performance on Sunday was anything but that.

He took a no-hit bid into the seventh but it was broken up by a Mitch Moreland double with two outs. He walked three while fanning three. It was his fifth scoreless outing of the season.

Jhonny Peralta, Torii Hunter and Victor Martinez each connected on solo home runs for the Tigers, who begin the season's second-half with a three-game series at Kansas City.

Martin Perez (3-2) was tagged for five runs on four hits with three walks over 5 2/3 innings. It's his first loss in five starts since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on June 22.

Geovany Soto's single in the eighth was the only other hit for the Rangers, who have lost four of five going into the All-Star break.

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