Verlander goes distance as Tigers top Rockies 9-1

By the Associated Press | June 19, 2011 | 6:14 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Denver on Sunday, June 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

DENVER (AP) — Justin Verlander threw a four-hitter for his second straight complete game and the Detroit Tigers beat the Colorado Rockies 9-1 on Sunday.

Verlander (9-3) has four complete games, matching his total from all of last year and is second in the AL to Tampa Bay's James Shields, who threw a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Florida earlier Sunday. Verlander retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced to help the Tigers salvage the finale of the weekend series.

Brennan Boesch had three hits, including his 10th homer, and Miguel Cabrera hit his 14th homer.

Ty Wiggington homered and Troy Tulowitzki had two hits for the Rockies.

Aaron Cook (0-2) was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth after allowing four runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out four.