Verlander allows 2 HRs in 2-hitter, loses 2-1 to Tigers

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 Another Justin Verlander start. Another lopsided line for the Houston Astros. Another big underdog win.

 The Detroit Tigers, who were a +400 or higher underdog Wednesday against one of baseball’s best teams and one of the game’s top pitchers, held their own and squeezed out a 2-1 win at Minute Maid Park.

 Detroit, which came into the game owning the worst record in the major leagues at 38-85, beat the odds, much the way the Baltimore Orioles did on Aug. 11 when they rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning in a game Verlander started and beat the Astros, 8-7. The ‘Stros were as heavy as -500 favorites that day.

 Wednesday, The Mirage had Houston as an overwhelming -600 favorite. Caesars Palace had Houston at -560 while the Westgate SuperBook and Station Casinos made the number -550. Wynn Las Vegas had the smallest price on the Astros at -500.

 In his last three starts, all losses or no decisions, Verlander (15-6) has been as high as -500, -190 and -600 at the betting windows in Vegas.

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Steve Carp is a six-time Nevada Sportswriter of the Year. A 30-year veteran of the Las Vegas sports journalism scene, he covered the Vegas Golden Knights for the Las Vegas Review-Journal from 2015-2018.

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