Verlander no-hit Toronto on May 7, 2011.
His other no-hitter came June 12, 2007, against Milwaukee.
The drama began building in Detroit the fourth when Tigers left fielder Matt Tuiasosopo got turned around on a line drive by Nelson Cruz. He was able to recover and reach up for the catch.
In the fifth, Hunter ran to the corner in right to catch a flyball by Elvis Andrus. Jurickson Profar, the next hitter, sent a smash toward Martinez, who was playing first base because Prince Fielder was Detroit’s designated hitter Sunday. Martinez made the stop and took the ball to first himself for the third out of the inning.
Hunter went deep in the first to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead, and Martinez and Peralta hit back-to-back homers in the fourth.
Detroit added two runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Peralta and Tuiasosopo, although that rally made Verlander wait a while before taking the mound again.
The following inning was when Moreland connected for the first Texas hit.
“I just tried to stay back and get a pitch up to hit,” Moreland said. “As an opposing team, you never want to be on that side of it. I just tried to get a good pitch to hit, I wasn’t thinking about being ‘that’ guy.”
Neither Hunter nor center fielder Austin Jackson had much of a shot at Moreland’s drive.
“Obviously, it’s one of those things you start to think about,” Verlander said. “I’ve been there before, where I’ve lost them in the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth. So I guess I’ve — not become accustomed to it — but you learn to just refocus and just get the next guy. That’s all I can do.”
Still, this was much better than Verlander’s outing at Texas on May 16, when he allowed eight runs and didn’t get out of the third inning.
Verlander received a nice ovation from the home crowd after the first Texas hit, and another one when he came back to the dugout after retiring his final hitter.
NOTES: The Rangers enter the All-Star break having lost four of five. ... Detroit manager Jim Leyland said Anibal Sanchez will start Friday at Kansas City in the first game after the All-Star break, followed by Verlander, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello.