Justin Verlander was on top of his game Tuesday night.
Verlander struck out 13 to reach double figures for the third straight start and sixth time this season, leading the visiting Houston Astros over the Cleveland Indians 2-0.
In a matchup of All-Stars, Verlander (14-4) outpitched Shane Bieber and won his fourth consecutive start, tying Washington’s Stephen Strasburg for the major-league lead in wins. Verlander allowed two hits in seven innings and walked none for the sixth time in 23 starts this year.
Verlander had been 9-16 with a 5.56 ERA in 28 career starts at Cleveland coming in.
“I exorcized some demons here today,” he said. “I haven’t pitched well in this ballpark, and to do it against a great pitcher in Bieber, that was good.”
Verlander allowed one runner to reach second. Cleveland’s only hits were singles by Roberto Perez leading off the third and Greg Allen starting the sixth.
“I gather as much information as I can through scouting reports and asking questions, but the more important thing was I had 14 years of instinct to use today,” Verlander said. “I trust my eyes, I trust what I see, and I process all of that when I’m facing a team that I’m very familiar with.”
Pirates 11, Reds 4: Reds reliever Amir Garrett rushed the Pirates’ dugout and threw punches in the ninth inning, starting a brawl prolonged by Cincinnati outfielder Yasiel Puig, and visiting Pittsburgh won. Reds manager David Bell ran onto the field to join the fracas despite having been ejected an inning earlier. In all, five Reds were ejected.
Braves 11, Nationals 8: Adam Duvall had two home runs and four hits, Josh Donaldson added a three-run homer and visiting Atlanta beat Washington to reopen a 5½ -game lead in the NL East.
Rays 6, Red Sox 5: Avisail Garcia homered and added the go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth inning for visiting Tampa Bay.
Dodgers 9, Rockies 4: Kristopher Negron homered in his first at-bat with Los Angeles, one of four homers by the visiting Dodgers.
Diamondbacks 4, Yankees 2: Arizona got home runs from Christian Walker and Carson Kelly to beat host New York.
Orioles 8, Padres 5: Chris Davis hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning to snap an 0-for-18 slump, and visiting Baltimore rallied from a four-run deficit.
Twins 2, Marlins 1: Byron Buxton homered and Jake Odorizzi followed his worst big-league start by pitching one-run ball into the sixth inning, leading Minnesota past host Miami.
Mariners 8, Rangers 5: Kyle Seager had a solo homer, a tie-breaking two-run triple and drove in four runs as visiting Seattle stretched its winning streak to six games.
Blue Jays 9, Royals 2: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a grand slam in the ninth inning and Sean Reid-Foley threw five innings of four-hit ball for visiting Toronto.
Cardinals 2, Cubs 1: Paul Goldschmidt homered for the seventh time in eight games, a go-ahead drive off Yu Darvish in the sixth inning that lifted host St. Louis over Chicago and back into sole possession of the NL Central lead.
Mets 5, White Sox 2: Noah Syndergaard pitched eighth solid innings and Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto hit consecutive home runs in the 11th for visiting New York.
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