Just too easy for Verlander

June, 26, 2011
6/26/11
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Justin Verlander joined CC Sabathia in the 10-win club Saturday night, with a dominating performance against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Detroit. Verlander struck out a career-high 14 and walked just one batter in eight innings as he won his sixth consecutive start.

Verlander now has 19 career 10-strikeout games, passing Denny McLain for the fourth-most such games by a Tigers pitcher in the Live Ball Era (since 1920). His 14 strikeouts are tied for third-most in an Interleague game, surpassed only by 16-strikeout games from Curt Schilling in 1997 and Pedro Martinez in 1999.

Verlander has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last six starts, all of them wins. It’s the longest streak of its kind by a Tigers pitcher since Doyle Alexander had six straight starts like that in 1987.

Verlander is now 5-0 in June with a 0.86 ERA, and has one start remaining in the month. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, if he keeps this pace up, he could become the first pitcher to go 6-0 with a sub-1.00 ERA in a calendar month since the Rangers’ Kenny Rogers went 6-0 with 0.98 ERA in May 2005.

He would also join Alexander (0.71 ERA in September 1987), Jack Morris (0.54 ERA in July 1986) and Frank Lary (0.86 ERA in September 1956) as the only Tigers pitchers since 1950 with a sub-1.00 ERA in a month with at least five starts.

Elsewhere around the majors on Saturday night:

• Balls were flying out of the ballpark in Baltimore as the Reds and Orioles combined for 10 home runs in the Reds' 10-5 win. It is the most homers in a game by two teams since the Red Sox and Rangers hit 10 longballs on August 12, 2010. Bronson Arroyo became the first Reds pitcher to allow four homers in a game and win since Jim Maloney in 1966.

• Cole Hamels allowed only two earned runs in eight innings but took the loss in Philly, the sixth time in his career he has lost despite pitching at least eight innings and allowing two or fewer runs. Since 2006, Hamels' first year in the league, the only other pitcher with as many such losses is Roy Halladay.

• Jair Jurrjens threw six innings of one-run ball as the Braves routed the Padres 10-1 and Jurrjens earned his 10th win of the season. Jurrjens is the first NL pitcher with 10 wins this season, and he is the first Braves pitcher to the be the first to 10 wins in the NL since Greg Maddux in 1998.

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