Tigers’ Verlander dazzles Jays for his second no-hitter
TORONTO — Justin Verlander threw his second career no-hitter, and the second in the big leagues in five days, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 9-0 victory over the Blue Jays yesterday.
Verlander barely missed a perfect game. The only runner he allowed came with one out in the eighth inning when J.P. Arencibia walked on a full count. Verlander’s 12th pitch to the rookie was just an inch or two outside.
Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night.
Verlander struck out 12 in his first no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers June 12, 2007. This time, he fanned Rajai Davis to end it for his fourth strikeout of the game. The overpowering righthander threw 108 pitches, 74 strikes.
“Just as good as the first,’’ Verlander said.
Blue Jays rookie David Cooper popped to second on Verlander’s first pitch of the ninth. John McDonald followed with a grounder to second. With the crowd of 23,453 standing and cheering, Davis ended it by striking out swinging on a 2-and-2 pitch.
Verlander calmly pumped his fist and smiled, then shared a hug with catcher Alex Avila before being mobbed by teammates near the mound. He was doused with a bucket of ice water by reliever Jose Valverde.
Avila and Jhonny Peralta homered for the Tigers.
Detroit almost had a perfect game June 2 last season, but umpire Jim Joyce’s blown call at first base robbed Armando Galarraga with two outs in the ninth inning. Galarraga finished with a one-hitter.
Before Verlander, the last Detroit pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Jack Morris, who did it at Comiskey Park against the White Sox on April 7, 1984.
This was the fourth time the Blue Jays have been no-hit since entering the AL in 1977. The last time was by Texas’s Nolan Ryan, who threw his record seventh no-hitter to beat the Jays in 1991.