Verlander loses third straight decision

Detroit, MI (WWBT)- Goochland native Justin Verlander isn't used to losing, especially in consecutive starts, but Sunday against the New York Yankees saw an occurrence that hadn't happened in nearly four years.

Verlander suffered a loss for the third straight time, marking the first time he's lost three straight games since the 2008 season.  The right-hander lasted 6.1 innings, giving up five runs, three of them earned, and striking out four batters in the Tigers' 5-1 loss to the Yankees.  Verlander walked four batters as well.

Derek Jeter got Verlander's day off to a rough start, taking the first pitch of the game deep and over the right field fence for a lead-off home run.  Alex Rodriguez would later homer off the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP as well.

Verlander falls to 5-4 on the season and still holds an impressive ERA of 2.67.  His next scheduled start is Saturday when the Tigers visit the Cincinnati Reds.

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