Anderson outpitches Verlander as Indians beat Tigers 4-0

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DETROIT — Cody Anderson threw seven strong innings of two-hit ball to outpitch Justin Verlander, and the Cleveland Indians beat the skidding Detroit Tigers 4-0 on Sunday.

Francisco Lindor snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run triple in the sixth, helping the Indians win for the eighth time in 11 games. They began the day six games behind Texas for the second AL wild card, though there are three teams between them.

Detroit (62-74) has dropped 13 of 16 and matched a season worst at 12 games below .500.

Anderson (3-3) entered with a 14.04 ERA in two starts against AL Central opposition, but barely broke a sweat in his first shot at the Tigers. He walked two and struck out three.

Anderson hadn’t had a scoreless outing since his major league debut on June 21, when he tossed 7 2-3 innings against Tampa Bay.