Verlander sharp, Nathan roughed up, Tigers fall to Phillies

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Justin Verlander allowed one hit in three scoreless innings for the split-squad Detroit Tigers in a 6-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

Verlander hasn’t permitted a run in five innings this spring and has given up only two hits.

Tigers reliever Joe Nathan was roughed up for six runs while getting just two outs. He gave up five hits and walked one.

The 40-yar-old Nathan had 35 saves last season, but struggled most of the year and finished with a 4.81 ERA. He has a 9.82 ERA this spring.

Jerome Williams, who started for three teams last season and was claimed off waivers by the Phillies in August, pitched three innings and allowed four hits and two runs.

J.D. Martinez doubled and singled for Detroit. Jeff Francoeur had two hits and stole a base for the Phillies.