Justin Verlander did something he thought he would never do on Tuesday night, and that's start a Major League Baseball game for someone other than the Detroit Tigers. The right-hander lasted six innings and struck out seven to earn the win, as the Astros beat the Mariners, 3-1, at Safeco Field. Verlander had just one run charged against him, as Cameron Maybin's two-run home run was the difference in Houston's sixth straight win. The speedster's home run was the Astros' first hit of the game, breaking up the Mariners' combined no-hit bid in the seventh. James Pazos surrendered the big blow for Seattle, who pulled starter Ariel Miranda after six no-hit innings with his pitch count at 112. Verlander earned his 11th win overall on the season, while Ken Giles earned his 29th save after Joe Musgrove added two scoreless innings. Alex Bregman had an RBI in the win, as Maybin's game-winner was his eighth long ball of the season. He began the year with the Los Angeles Angels before being claimed off waivers on August 31st. Seattle is slowly playing themselves out of the Wild Card picture in the American League, as they dropped a game under .500 with the loss. The series concludes with one more game on Wednesday night.
Indians, Diamondbacks Remain Hottest Teams in Baseball
The two hottest teams in baseball kept doing what they have been for over two weeks on Tuesday night, and that's including the first-place Cleveland Indians. Jose Ramirez continued to produce with two home runs, as the Tribe won their 13th straight game with a 9-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. Austin Jackson and Yan Gomes added long balls, as the Indians are one game shy of the franchise record of 14 straight wins, which was set last season. Cleveland kept their streak alive despite starter Danny Salazar being pulled in the first inning after giving up four runs, including a three-run shot to Matt Davidson. Seven relievers went on to combine for 8.1 shutout innings, with Dan Otero earning the win after throwing two shutout innings. Meanwhile, the Arizona Diamondbacks have had a little tougher rout to their win streak, but they still continue to get the job done nonetheless. They did so again on Tuesday night, needing 10 innings for a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, extending their win streak to 12 games. Brandon Drury drove in the go-ahead run with a fielder's choice, while A.J. Pollock also scored on the same play due to an error by catcher Yasmani Grandal. Zack Greinke pitched well against his former team, lasting seven innings with only one run against him and six strikeouts in the no-decision. He has still yet to earn a win in Dodger Stadium since leaving his old team for the D-backs in 2016. Hyun-Jin Ryu also pitched well with seven strikeouts over six innings, but five walks prevented him from keeping Arizona off the board. Daniel Descalso drove in a run with a double off of Ryu in the fourth, but the top Wild Card team could not produce anything else in regulation. Grandal did go deep in what was the fifth straight loss for the first-place Dodgers. The Diamondbacks can complete the improbable sweep to extend their win streak in the series finale on Wednesday night.
Cowboys' Elliott has Suspension Upheld
Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys, and fantasy football owners got the news they hope they wouldn't receive on Tuesday night, as the running back's six-game suspension was upheld by the National Football League. The ban was brought down by commissioner Roger Goodell on August 11th due to Elliott's domestic violence issues with his ex-girlfriend, which has resulted in a temporary restraining order for him. An official decision regarding that restraining order will be made Friday night. Some reports say that there was as man as three incidents between the two in July of 2016. Due to the timing of the appeal decision, the Rookie of the Year will be eligible to play in Week 1 against the New York Giants on Sunday night, with the suspension beginning with the Week 2 contest with the Denver Broncos. That change means that he will now not be eligible to return until November 5th against the Kansas City Chiefs. Although, the star's attorneys reportedly plan on going to the federal level with this battle. The team had no comment on Tuesday's decision, as they will have to turn to Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris, and Rod Smith once last year's leading rusher begins to serve.