DETROIT — Justin Verlander struck out a career-high 14 in his latest impressive performance, and the Tigers beat the Diamondbacks 6-0 on Saturday night.
Alex Avila's three-run homer in the fourth broke the game open for Detroit, which pulled into a virtual tie with the Indians atop the American League Central. Arizona fell a half-game behind the first-place Giants in the National League West.
Verlander pitched a no-hitter May 7 at Toronto, took one into the sixth inning in his next start and had one broken up in the eighth this month. So there was a quiet but perceptible cheer when third baseman Brandon Inge was charged with an error on a hard ground ball in the third inning, keeping the Diamondbacks hitless.
One out later, Gerardo Parra hit a clean double down the line in rightfield. Verlander struck out Ryan Roberts and retired Kelly Johnson on a comebacker to get out of the jam.
In the eighth, when Verlander reached 100 mph on his 116th pitch, he opened by allowing a walk and a double. He then struck out Roberts, Johnson and Justin Upton to keep Arizona scoreless.