Toronto Blue Jays 0, Houston Astros 2
Justin Verlander pitched his third career no-hitter, punctuating a dominant season with an overpowering performance to lead the Houston Astros over the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Verlander struck out 14 and allowed just one runner, walking Cavan Biggio with one out in the first inning.
Furthermore, he became the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters as a visitor in the same park. He also threw one at Rogers Centre in 2011 with Detroit. His other no-no was in 2007 for the Tigers against Milwaukee.
The 36-year-old Verlander joined the likes of Sandy Joufax, Bob Feller and Nolan Ryan in rarefied air on the no-hitter list.
Verlander threw a season-high 120 pitches. This was mixed of a fastball that reached the upper 90s mph with a sharp curve. The Blue Jays and their young line up never came close to a hit.
This was the fourth no-hitter in the majors this year. The last one was by the Astros, too, a combined effort from Chris Devenski, Aaron Sanchez, Joe Biagini and Will Harris against Seattle on August 3rd.
Verlander retired the last 26 hitters in a row. But the game was scoreless going into the final inning. He needed to pitch a complete game to get credit for a no-hitter.
Toronto were no-hit for the sixth time. Before Sunday, the last to do it was Seattle’s James Paxton, who became the first Canadian pitcher to throw a big league no-hitter north of the border when he beat the Blue Jays on May 8th, 2018.