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Verlander loses no-hitter in ninth as Tigers beat Pirates 6-0

Josh Harrison singled in the top of the ninth to break up Justin Verlander’s no-hitter as the Tigers hammered the Pirates 6-0 in Detroit Friday night.

Triple digits flashed across the radar guns as Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Justin Verlander allowed only one hit in nine innings while striking out 12. Josh Harrison posted the only hit for Pittsburgh on a short fly ball to center in the top of the ninth in a 6-0 loss in the Motor City.

Detroit got on the board early in the first when Andy Dirks singled on a line drive to Andrew McCutchen in center. Miguel Cabrera continued to produce for Detroit with a double, also to McCutchen in center, driving in Dirks to put the Tigers up 1-0 with one out. Cabrera scored on a double from Prince Fielder to Nate McLouth in left field, upping the score, 2-0.

Verlander struck out five of the nine batters he faced from the second to the fourth inning, keeping the Pirates’ offense quiet.

Deimon Young homered on a fly ball to left field for Detroit in the bottom of the fourth inning to up the Tigers’ lead to 3-0. Alex Avila singled to Garrett Jones in right and advanced to second on a Brendan Boesch grounder to center. With two outs, Don Kelly singled to right, scoring Avila for an insurance run, making the score 4-0.

Detroit would not score again until the bottom of the seventh when Fielder legged out a soft ground ball to Pirates’ pitcher Chris Resop with a man on and one out. With Cabrera in scoring position at second, Young doubled on a line drive to center, scoring Kelly and Fielder, giving the Tigers a 6-0 lead.

Verlander mowed down Pirates’ Casey McGehee, McLouth, and Clint Barmes in the eighth to strike out the side. Pirates’ relief pitcher Brad Lincoln replaced Resop in the bottom of the eighth, giving up two doubles to Ramon Santiago and Jhonny Peralta before striking out three to stop Detroit’s’ offense for the night.

In the top of the ninth, with one out, Pirates’ designated hitter Josh Harrison connected for the only Pittsburgh hit on the night with a single to center field. He advanced to second on a Neil Walker grounder with two outs. McCutchen then grounded out to Peralta at shortstop to end the game.

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