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Monday, 15 July 2013 11:38

Verlander no-hits Texas until 7th, Tigers win

DETROIT (AP) - Justin Verlander held Texas hitless until the seventh inning, and the Detroit Tigers backed their ace with three home runs in a 5-0 victory over the Rangers on Sunday. Mitch Moreland's two-out double to right-center broke up Verlander's bid for his third career no-hitter. Verlander's final start before the All-Star break was an encouraging one for the former American League MVP. He wasn't overpowering, striking out only three. Torii Hunter, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta hit solo homers off Texas starter Martin Perez. 
 
Justin Verlander left Sunday's game against the Texas Rangers with a tight right quad muscle, shortly after having his no-hit bid broken up in the seventh inning. Verlander had already been replaced on the American League All-Star team by Baltimore's Chris Tillman. Under baseball's labor contract, pitchers who start on the Sunday before the All-Star game may opt not to participate. Verlander held the Rangers without a hit until Mitch Moreland's double to right-center with two outs in the seventh. He retired Elvis Andrus for the third out of that inning and then came out of the game. He fell seven outs short of his third career no-hitter.