Arlington, TX (WKZO) - It has been a very strange last two outings for Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander who battled control issues on Thursday night and was lifted from the game in the third inning after allowing eight runs, all earned. It was the start of what led to the Texas Rangers 10-4 win on Thursday night.
The game was billed as a great pitching match-up between two of the best starters in the American League as Yu Darvish started the game for the Rangers, but it turned into nothing of the sort. Trailing 1-0, Don Kelly got the Tigers on the board with a lead-off home run in the third inning. The Tigers added two more runs in the inning to stake Verlander to a 3-1 lead but that’s when the wheels came off. The Rangers battered up Verlander in the third inning scoring seven runs in the frame. Two runs came on bases loaded walks which tied the game. Mitch Moreland followed that up with a two run double and Geovany Soto ended Verlander’s night with a three run home run.
The short outing matched just the fourth time in his career that he has lasted fewer than three innings. It was his shortest outing since June 2010 and it ties a career high for runs allowed in a game. That follows a start against Cleveland when he allowed four runs and walked five in five innings.
Darrin Downs relieved Verlander and went 2 2/3 innings striking out three and allowing a single run. Evan Reed made his major league debut for the Tigers after being called up from AAA-Toledo on Wednesday replacing Al Alburquerque on the active roster. Reed also tossed 2 2/3 innings, allowing a single run and striking out one batter.
Jhonny Peralta added his fourth home run of the year in the fourth, a solo shot, for the Tigers' fourth run.
Davish ended up going eight innings and struck out six while throwing a career high 130 pitches
Tigers and Rangers take the field again on Friday night. Rick Porcello makes the start for the Tigers vs. Rangers righty Nick Tepesch.