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Justin Verlander Loses Perfect Game, Still Has No-Hitter Alive After 8 Innings

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander lost his perfect game bid on a 12-pitch at bat to Toronto's J.P. Arencibia in the eighth inning. Arencibia actually went down 0-2 to Verlander, but he kept the at bat alive by fouling off six pitches and eventually drew a walk. This was the first baserunner allowed by Verlander in the game.

Edwin Encarnacion, the very next batter, grounded into a double play, getting Verlander out of the inning and keeping his no-hit bid alive. While a perfect game is now out of the question due to the walk, Verlander just needs to retire three more batters for his second career no-hitter.

Verlander's first no-hitter came against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 12, 2007. That is the last time a Tigers pitcher has thrown a no-hitter. The last time would have been Armando Galarraga's gem against the Indians last year, but a bad call prevented that from happening.