Justin Verlander continued his strong start to the season with arguably his best start of the year.
Verlander pitched one-hit ball for seven dominant innings, right fielder Josh Reddick made another leaping catch and the host Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 3-0 on Friday night.
The only hit off Verlander (6-1) was a single to lead off the fifth.
“In a tight ballgame like that, you’re kind of on edge the whole time,” Verlander said. “One mistake could obviously lose you the ballgame. From the first inning through the seventh, it was a grind. The boys behind me did a great job.”
Jake Marisnick homered in the third, and Yuli Gurriel and Robinson Chirinos hit back-to-back homers in the seventh.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve exited in the first with left hamstring discomfort.
A day after reaching over the wall to take away a go-ahead, three-run homer from Texas’ Hunter Pence, Reddick leaped for a catch against the wall in the ninth to rob Elvis Andrus of extra bases.
Photo: Michael Wyke / Associated Press
Yankees 4, Rays 3: Domingo German became the majors’ first seven-game winner, Gio Urshela got a key hit set up by a pair of odd bounces and New York beat host Tampa Bay. Rays starter Tyler Glasnow, who leads the AL with a 1.,86 ERA, left in the sixth inning because of right forearm tightness. “I don’t really know what’s going on right now,” said Glasnow, who will have an MRI exam Saturday. “I’m just going to be optimistic. It wasn’t a pop or anything crazy. I just felt tightness for a couple pitches.”
Rockies 12, Padres 2: German Marquez pitched effectively into the sixth inning and had a three-run double in Colorado’s seven-run fourth inning as the host Rockies beat San Diego.
Braves 2, Diamondbacks 1: Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning for host Atlanta.
Dodgers 5, Nationals 0: Joc Pederson hit two home runs, Kenta Maeda pitched one-hit ball over six innings and host Los Angeles cruised. The Dodgers won without shortstop Corey Seager, who was scratched shortly before first pitch for undisclosed reasons
Brewers 7, Cubs 0: Gio Gonzalez pitched two-hit ball into the sixth and Ryan Braun homered, helping host Milwaukee beat Chicago for its seventh straight victory. Gonzalez outdueled Jose Quintana to help Milwaukee move into a virtual tie with Chicago for the NL Central lead.
Angels 8, Orioles 3: Mike Trout homered and drove in three runs, Andrelton Simmons had two RBIs and scored twice, and visiting Los Angeles defeated Baltimore
Blue Jays 4, White Sox 3: Randal Grichuk hit a three-run homer, Teoscar Hernandez added a solo shot and host Toronto snapped a five-game losing streak.
Red Sox 14, Mariners 1: Mitch Moreland hit a three-run home run, Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi each added a solo homer for host Boston.
Mets 11, Marlins 2: Amed Rosario hit a grand slam during an eight-run outburst that marked the Mets’ biggest first inning in three decades, and host New York rolled.
Twins 6, Tigers 0: Jake Odorizzi stretched his scoreless streak to 20 innings with seven frames of one-hit ball, Max Kepler and Mitch Garver homered, and host Minnesota beat Detroit.
Royals 5, Phillies 1: Alex Gordon homered twice as host Kansas City beat Philadelphia. Gordon’s solo shot in the fifth inning was the 1,500th hit of his career.
Pirates 2, Cardinals 1: Adam Frazier opened the game with a homer, Starling Marte drove in the winner and Trevor Williams allowed one run in seven innings as visiting Pittsburgh beat St. Louis.
Briefly: Blue Jays right-hander Clay Buchholz was scratched from Friday’s start against the White Sox and placed on the injured list because of a sore shoulder. … The Rays activated outfielder Austin Meadows and placed catcher Mike Zunino on the IL because of left quadriceps strain. … The Braves activated reliever Jonny Venters and sent reliever A.J. Minter to the minors. … The Rays acquired catcher Travis d’Arnaud from the Dodgers for $100,000.