The Associated Press

HOUSTON — As Houston’s Justin Verlander flirted with a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox, he took a moment to scan the seats behind home plate to see whether childhood idol Nolan Ryan, who threw a record seven no-hitters, was watching from his usual seat behind the plate.

After throwing two no-hitters in his career, Verlander thought to himself that it would be “pretty cool” if Ryan was there to see it if he joined him in the exclusive group of players who have tossed at least three.

Ryan was at the game, but it wasn’t to be.

“I screwed it up,” Verlander said with a laugh.

Verlander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out a season-high 12 to lead the Astros to a 5-1 win over the White Sox.

Also Tuesday:

Dodgers 7, Rays 3: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Clayton Kershaw took a shutout into the seventh inning in his first start at Tropicana Field as the Dodgers topped Tampa Bay.

Yankees 11, Orioles 4: BALTIMORE — Clint Frazier homered twice and had a career-high five RBIs to lead New York.

Athletics 5, Indians 3: CLEVELAND — Pinch-hitter Mark Canha’s two-run homer in the third inning sent Oakland to its fifth straight win.

Rangers 5, Mariners 3: ARLINGTON, Texas — Rangers starter Lance Lynn allowed two runs over seven innings and Shawn Kelley earned the save hours after learning that two lumps removed from his throat last week were benign.