MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Verlander missed out on his fourth no-hitter by five outs but still faced the minimum through eight innings, and the Houston Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 5-0 for their eighth straight win.
Twins third baseman Gio Urshela singled to right field with one out in the eighth to end Verlander’s bid. Urshella on breaking up the no-no bid:
Verlander, the 39-year-old right-hander, in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, finished the eighth by getting Royce Lewis to ground into a double play. Verlander was vying to tie Sandy Koufax for second on the career no-hitter list. Nolan Ryan holds the record with seven.
It was announced before the game that Minnesota placed shortstop Carlos Correa on the 10-day injured list. His bruised right middle finger wasn’t healing fast enough for him to face his former team. The move was made retroactive to last Friday. He will be eligible for reinstatement to the active roster next Monday.
The Twins also placed starting pitcher Chris Paddack on the injured list with elbow inflammation.
Series continues at 6:40 p.m. tonight on 950 KWAT.