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Verlander leads Astros past Tigers 3-2
Tuesday Sep 11, 2018 12:00am

(DETROIT) – Justin Verlander knew this would be one of the most emotional games of his major league career. He still wasn't prepared. In his return to Detroit, Verlander received three standing ovations while pitching the Houston Astros to a 3-2 victory over the Tigers on Monday night. Verlander (15-9) made his major league debut with the Tigers in 2005 and ranks among the top 10 on several of the team's career lists. He struck out 10 over seven innings in his first time on the Comerica Park mound since being traded to Houston in August 2017. Verlander received his first ovation at the end of the video, and another when he came out for the first inning. Each time, he tipped his cap and waved to the fans. The longest cheer, though, came when he walked off the mound after the seventh, having thrown 104 pitches. Verlander allowed two runs on six hits and one walk, improving to 98-50 at Comerica Park. The Tigers put two runners on in the seventh, but Verlander struck out JaCoby Jones and Jeimer Candelario to escape with a 3-2 lead. He tipped his cap again as the fans came to their feet after the final pitch to Candelario. Francisco Liriano (4-10) allowed three unearned runs on four hits and four walks in six innings. He struck out seven in his longest outing since pitching six innings on July 4. The Tigers took the lead in the second. Niko Goodrum doubles and later scored on a single by Dawel Lugo.

Justin Verlander looks in on a Detroit hitter (photo courtesy of Mandi Wright/DFP)
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