Justin Verlander
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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander hurled his third career no-hitter to further cement himself as a future Hall of Famer.

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander threw his third career no-hitter Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays in a 2-0 win.

The veteran righty issued one walk and struck out 14 before inducing a ground out from rookie infielder Bo Bichette to end the game.

It was unclear throughout the game whether Verlander would complete the game. Houston and Toronto were scoreless entering the ninth inning, but third baseman Abraham Toro launched a two-run shot with two outs to break the scoreless tie. Toro also assisted on the final out of the game.

This marks the third no-hitter of Verlander’s career, the last of which also came against Toronto in 2011. It also marks the second no-hitter of the season for the Astros. Back on Aug. 3, Aaron Sanchez and three relievers shut down the lowly Seattle Mariners 9-0 at Minute Maid Park.

The last time a team had two no-hitters in a season was back in 2015. Both were pitched by Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer.

Justin Verlander’s victory lowered his ERA to 2.56 and improved his record to 17-5. He required 120 pitches, 79 of which were thrown for strikes, and he still leads the AL in ERA.

Houston next travels to Milwaukee for a quick two-game series with the Brewers before going home to face the last-place Seattle Mariners.

The Astros are currently in the midst of a tight race for home-field advantage with the New York Yankees. Both squads seem poised for a meeting in the ALCS. Where Game 7 is played could be a difference-maker, reminiscent of the 2017 ALCS.

Josh Benjamin has been a staff writer at ESNY since 2018. He has had opinions about everything, especially the Yankees and Knicks. He co-hosts the “Bleacher Creatures” podcast and is always looking for new pieces of sports history to uncover, usually with a Yankee Tavern chicken parm sub in hand.