DETROIT -- Justin Verlander carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning Sunday, and Martin Perez allowed three solo homers as Detroit sent the Rangers into the All-Star break with a 5-0 loss.
Mitch Moreland broke up Verlander's bid for a third career no-hitter with a double to the wall in right-center field with two outs in the seventh, Verlander's final inning. The Rangers finished with two hits.
Perez's long-ball troubles started early, as the second hitter he faced, Torii Hunter, launched a hanging slider for a homer. Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta went back-to-back with two outs in the fourth, and Perez was removed after Peralta's two-out RBI single in the sixth.
He allowed five runs -- an inherited runner scored against Cory Burns the batter after Perez exited -- on four hits in what rates as his worst start of the season. He hadn't allowed more tha three earned runs in his previous five starts.
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He would have had to be nearly hitless to match Verlander, who left after seven innigns with a tight right quadriceps muscle. He didn't completely dominate the Rangers, who had several well-hit balls right at defenders. Verlander also walked three and struck out only three, but he avenged a May 16 loss to the Rangers in which he allowed eight runs in 2 2/3 innings.
The Rangers dropped the rubber game of the three-game series at Comerica Park and also finished their road trip against Baltimore and Detroit with a 3-4 record. They enter the All-Star break with a 54-41 record and in second place in the American League West.
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