The flirtation with history lasted five innings. Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander permitted only one walk. Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda did not allow a Tiger to reach base. The first 25 batters of the game failed to reach base, a streak that ended when Yasiel Puig walked in the fifth. Rare is the day when two pitchers travel this deep into a game with a no-hit bid in sight, but that was the story at Comerica Park in Sunday’s series finale as the sixth inning began.
The sixth was, well, slightly different.
“The sixth inning,” Maeda said, “was regrettable.”
Verlander buckled first, yielding a solo home run to new Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson. The run support did not...