Justin Verlander deals against Jacoby Ellsbury in the third inning Tuesday. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
Detroit – The fans booed. But it was the right call.
Jonny Gomes was credited with an infield single with two out in the fifth inning, breaking up a fourth consecutive no-hit bid by the Tigers on Tuesday at Comerica Park in Game 3 of the ALCS.
Gomes slashed a grounder toward the middle, where Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta ranged to his left, threw off-balance -- and in the dirt, where Prince Fielder couldn't scoop the ball. Even a perfect throw might not have been in time to beat Gomes, who was hustling down the line.
Amazing, it was the first time this ALCS that the Red Sox had a hit before the sixth inning.
Anibal Sanchez and Co. took a no-hit bid into the ninth inning of Game 1, and Max Scherzer into the sixth inning in Game 2.
Verlander, in the last game of the ALDS against the A's, also took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning.
Yoenis Cespedes, Daniel Nava, Shane Victorino and, now, Gomes broke up the bids.
There have been only two no-hitters in postseason history: Don Larsen’s perfect game in a World Series, and Roy Halladay’s no-hitter.
Still, Verlander was dealing. He had eight strikeouts -- six in a row, spanning the second and third innings -- through six, extending his scoreless streak to 35.1 innings, dating back to the end of the regular season.