Verlander shines to lead Astros to 2-1 win over Rangers

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Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander had another splendid start to lead the Houston Astros to a 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers. Verlander scattered six singles across six scoreless innings without a walk to earn his major league-leading sixth win. The 39-year-old right-hander, who made his return from Tommy John surgery this year, tied a season high with eight strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 1.22, which also leads the majors.