Saturday's MLB: Verlander gets 13th win, leads Astros over Mariners 3-1

Associated Press

Seattle — Justin Verlander became the major leagues’ first 13-game winner, striking out nine and topping 99 mph in his final inning to lead the Houston Astros over the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Saturday.

Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Seattle.

Verlander (13-3) allowed four hits in seven innings to win his fifth straight start. He retired 15 straight before Carlos Santana’s seven-inning homer.

Bryan Abreu got three straight outs to finish the four-hitter for his second big league save.

Kyle Tucker and Yuli Gurriel hit RBI doubles in the fourth off Logan Gilbert (10-4) to help the Astros to their fourth consecutive win and send Seattle to its second straight loss after a 14-game winning streak.

Toronto 4, (at) Boston 1: Alek Manoah (11-4) allowed one run and six hits in six innings as he lowered his ERA to 2.24 and sent Boston to its eighth loss in nine games.

Toronto got seven hits a day after pounding out 29 in a 28-5 romp and improved to 9-3 against the Red Sox this year. The Blue Jays are 3 1/2 games ahead of Boston for the AL’s final wild-card spot.

Jordan Romano pitched a scoreless ninth for his league-leading 21st save.

Santiago Espinal and George Springer hit RBI singles off Kutter Crawford (2-3) in a three-run third, and Alejandro Kirk had a sacrifice fly.

Boston put All-Star third baseman Rafael Devers on the 10-day injured list because of right hamstring inflammation.

Cleveland 7, (at) Chicago White Sox 4: Pinch-hitter Josh Naylor singled in a run off Liam Hendriks (1-3) to break a 4-4 tie in a three-run ninth of a doubleheader opener, and Cleveland matched a season high with its fifth straight win.

Steven Kwan had three hits and José Ramírez drove in two runs with a pair of sacrifice flies. Amed Rosario had two hits and two RBIs.

Trevor Stephan (4-3) got four outs, and Emmanuel Clase pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 20th save.