Houston (USA), .- The opener Justin Verlander was protagonist in the last day of professional baseball of the American League with his magic serpentine to get 15 strikeouts, the best mark of his career, with which he set other records in the Major Leagues.
If Verlander showed off with his shots, designated hitter Rowdy Téllez gave the bats the power to hit the grand slam in the Toronto Blue Jays’ victory.
Second baseman Mike Moustakas hit a full-back in the fourteenth inning and sealed the Milwaukee Brewers’ 6-3 victory over the Houston Astros, for whom Verlander threw a luxury ball.
Although the Astros lost and saw their record fall to 46-23 after seeing a two-game winning streak broken, they keep leading the Western Division.
Verlander left without a decision in seven innings despite removing 15 batters via the strike, but allowed punishment of three homers and three touchdowns.
The 15 Verlander strikeouts in a game are his best mark for life.
Releasing the twelfth anniversary of his first hitless game (against the Milwaukee Brewers in Detroit), Verlander set an Astros record for strikeouts at Minute Maid Park and tied the record set by Japanese Yu Darvish, who struck out 15 for the Texas Rangers, on August 12, 2013.
Verlander’s 15 strikeouts marked the fifth time in the launch tracking era (since 2008) that a pitcher has had at least that mark, joining Max Scherzer (twice), Carlos Carrasco and Danny Duffy.
Verlander became the second Astros pitcher to record at least 15 strikeouts without walking a hitter, joining Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, who struck out 16 without walks on August 28, 1998.
It is the fifteenth time since 1908 that a pitcher has achieved that feat.
Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox did it earlier this year, but before that, it had not happened since 2012.
Verlander is the first pitcher since 1908 to have at least 15 strikeouts and at least three homers allowed in a game.
The Astros got 24 strikeouts, a figure that exceeds by one the best team record, which they imposed against the Chicago Cubs on May 31, 2003.
Téllez hit a grand slam in the Blue Jays’ 8-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles and halted a five-game losing streak.
In the fifth episode Téllez (10) connected full back against the pitches of the Dominican relay Miguel Castro and emptied the house when there were two outs in the episode.
With his grand slam Téllez he crowned a cluster of six races in the fifth episode.
Ranger Mallex Smith made selection play for first baseman, middleman Dee Gordon scored on error by first baseman C.J. Cron in the tenth inning and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Minnesota Twins’ leaders 9-6.
With the defeat, the Twins saw a two-game winning streak stop, put their mark at 40-22 and keep leading the Central Division of the American League.
Dominican center fielder Ramón Laureano hit the first grand slam of his professional career with which he broke a tie in the eighth and finished with five RBIs in the game the Oakland Athletics won by 6-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The A’s went 6-4, including two of three games against the Rays, in 10 away games, which included some travel problems.
The Rays, who are 18-16 at home, placed a game behind the leaders of the East Division, the New York Yankees.
Right fielder Mookie Betts walked the entire house in the ninth inning and the Red Sox beat the Rangers 4-3.
Another ranger, the left, Andrew Benintendi hit three and two doubles, which produced two runs for the Red Sox, who cut a three-game losing streak and avoided falling below .500, where they have not been in more than one month.
First baseman Brandon Dixon hit a sacrifice fly and sealed the Tigers’ 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Dixon did it in the eighth inning when he sent the ball to right field and drove in the run that sealed the score.
From the mound, the winner was the relay Nick Ramírez (3-0) in two episodes. EFE (EFE)