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July 14, 2013

Tigers 5, Rangers 0 (F)

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning Sunday, and Martin Perez allowed three solo homers as Detroit sent the Rangers into the All-Star break with a 5-0 loss.

Mitch Moreland broke up Verlander's bid for a third career no-hitter with a double to the wall in right-center field with two outs in the seventh, Verlander's final inning. The Rangers finished with two hits.

Perez's long-ball troubles started early, as the second hitter he faced, Torii Hunter, launched a hanging slider for a homer. Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta went back-to-back with two outs in the fourth, and Perez was removed after Peralta's two-out RBI single in the sixth.

He allowed five runs -- an inherited runner scored against Cory Burns the batter after Perez exited -- on four hits in what rates as his worst start of the season. He hadn't allowed more than three earned runs in his previous five starts.

He would have had to be nearly hitless to match Verlander, who left after seven innigns with a tight right quadriceps muscle. He didn't completely dominate the Rangers, who had several well-hit balls right at defenders. Verlander also walked three and struck out only three, but he avenged a May 16 loss to the Rangers in which he allowed eight runs in 2 2/3 innings.

The Rangers dropped the rubber game of the three-game series at Comerica Park and also finished their road trip against Baltimore and Detroit with a 3-4 record. They enter the All-Star break with a 54-41 record and in second place in the American League West.

 

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