The disappointing side of the Detroit Tigers' win Tuesday was their failure to complete a no-hitter. Justin Verlander knows the feeling.
After his team barely missed out on the franchise's first combined no-hitter, Verlander tries to regroup from his own spoiled start Wednesday against the visiting Chicago White Sox.
Tyler Saladino tripled with one out in the ninth inning and scored on Adam Eaton's single to end Detroit's bid at a five-pitcher no-hitter. Rajai Davis, though, delivered a run-scoring triple in the 10th to give the Tigers a 2-1 win, their fourth extra-inning victory in the last week.
''It is nice just to be able to win,'' Davis said. ''I wish we could have gotten the job done an inning earlier, but we still got it done in dramatic fashion.''
Detroit (70-81) dropped both ends of a doubleheader to start this four-game series on Monday, and is trying to catch Chicago (72-79) to jump out of the AL Central basement.
Verlander (3-8, 3.46 ERA) lost a no-hitter in the ninth inning on Aug. 26 and will try to wash away the bad taste of another unfortunate ending in his last start.
The right-hander was one out from his eighth career shutout on Friday against Kansas City but surrendered a single and was pulled with a 3-1 lead. A two-run homer then forced extras where the Tigers eventually won, 5-4 in 12 innings.
The former MVP, though, was denied a win for the third straight start, a stretch in which he is 0-2 with a 3.74 ERA. Verlander, who had a 0.76 ERA in his previous five outings, has eight quality starts without a victory in 17 starts this season.
Verlander seeks his 18th career win against the White Sox after going 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his final two starts versus them in 2014.
Jose Abreu (8 for 16, two home runs) and Eaton (5 for 15) have hit Verlander well, while Melky Cabrera (4 for 26) and Tyler Flowers (4 for 21) have struggled.
Generating offense has been a problem for both teams lately. The Tigers have scored seven runs and batted .180 in the past four games, while the White Sox have totaled 16 runs and hit .192 in their last seven.
The Tigers catch a break by missing Chicago ace Chris Sale, who is available on normal rest but won't go in the series finale. Instead, the White Sox give Frankie Montas (0-0, 1.13) his first big league start.
"More than likely, we are using some guys out of the 'pen," manager Robin Ventura told MLB's official website. "You feel comfortable you can cover that, even with him going three or four innings."
The 22-year-old Montas, who can touch 100 mph on the radar gun, has allowed one run over eight innings with 10 strikeouts in five relief appearances since his Sept. 1 promotion from Double-A Birmingham, where he made 23 starts.