HOUSTON –Astros fans welcomed franchise icon Carlos Correa back again to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night with a rousing ovation, however the biggest cheers were reserved for his former teammates, Justin Verlander and Alex Bregman.
Verlander became MLBs first 16-game winner by throwing six no-hit innings, striking out 10 batters against no walks, and Alex Bregman kept his second-half surge alive by going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer to lead the Astros to a 4-2 make an impression on the Twins.
Verlander lowered his ERA to at least one 1.87 by retiring 18 of the 19 batters he faced, with Nick Gordon reaching on a strikeout-wild pitch in the next. He was replaced after 91 pitches by Ryne Stanek, who quit a leadoff single to Correa to start out the seventh to split up Houstons no-hit bid. Bregman smacked his 19th homer of the growing season in underneath of the seventh to create it 4-0.