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Astros will start Justin Verlander on short rest for Game 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The egg laid by Houston Astros righty Zack Greinke on Monday hatched into an immediate consequence: Afterward, Houston announced that Cy Young contender Justin Verlander would start Tuesday's Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Greinke was following two straight gems from teammates Verlander and Gerrit Cole, but his start was very different. Greinke allowed six runs over 3 2/3 innings, including three home runs to three different left-handed hitters. Kevin Kiermaier hit a three-run shot in the second. Later Ji-Man Choi and Brandon Lowe added solo shots.