It was a short night of work for Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander, who was ejected after pitching just two innings Thursday.

Verlander was called for a balk in the top of the second, just before Seattle Mariners left fielder Denard Span homered to right.

After giving up six earned runs on seven hits — including three home runs — Verlander was ejected between innings.

Brad Peacock took over on the mound for the Astros in the third inning.

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