Justin Verlander got pushed around by the Mariners early Thursday night, and then umpire Nic Lentz sent him for an early shower.
Certainly not what the 2011 Cy Young and MVP Award winner had in mind for his first shot at career win No. 200.
Seattle jumped on Verlander for six runs in two innings before the right-hander was ejected for arguing a balk call in the Mariners’ 8-6 win at Houston.
Mitch Haniger, Denard Span and Jean Segura combined for 10 hits and seven RBIs with a homer each off Verlander (11-7), who was ejected shortly after setting a season high for runs allowed.
“Just wanted some answers,” he said. “I thought he screwed up.