Justin Verlander continued his dominating season Wednesday night but the Astros fell to the Tigers, 2-1. Wednesday's loss went down as the largest upset in Major League baseball in the last 15 years. The Astros closed as a -560 favorite and even as high as -600 at some sports books in Las Vegas.
Verlander threw a complete game, giving up two runs on two hits while striking out 11. JV now has seven straight starts with 10 or more strikeouts. In the loss, Verlander faced 29 batters, retired 27 and gave up two solo home runs.
Robinson Chirinos went 4-4 with a solo home run to lead the offense in the loss. Chirinos was a triple away from the cycle when he stepped in the box with two outs in the bottom of the 9th. Chirinos was thrown out at third trying to stretch a double into a triple which was the last out of the game. The Astros managed just six hits with George Springer recording the other two hits.
Gerrit Cole will start in the series finale Thursday night after being scratched from his previous outing. Cole was scratched due to right hamstring discomfort and will look for his 15th win of the season.