UPDATE: So much for that. After Stephen Drew popped out to begin the bottom of the eighth inning, Chris Young hit a double to the right-center field gap to break up Cobb’s no-hit bid.
9:09 p.m. ET: The Yankees aren’t at 100 percent tonight and Rays right-hander Alex Cobb is taking advantage. He hasn’t allowed a hit through his first seven innings of work. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay holds a 4-0 lead.
Cobb has allowed three baserunners, including a dropped fly ball from Kevin Kiermaier to begin the bottom of the third inning and two walks in the seventh. He’s currently sitting at 94 pitches.
Matt Garza threw the first and only no-hitter in Rays history on July 26, 2010 against the Tigers. Stay tuned to see if Cobb will be the second.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.