Jose Alvarez did not allow a hit to the first 15 batters that he faced this afternoon, but his bid for a no-hitter in his big league debut ended when Ryan Raburn hit a solo home run. Raburn's homer cleared the bullpens, landing several rows up in the left field seats.
Alvarez had only allowed a walk to Mark Reynolds prior to Raburn's home run, racking up seven strikeouts before giving up his first hit. He settled down immediately after the home run, retiring Indians shortstop Mike Aviles to end the inning. Alvarez allowed two more baserunners in the sixth inning before retiring the side, and appears to be done for the afternoon.
Alvarez, called up to start in place of Anibal Sanchez, is 5-4 with a 2.42 ERA in 12 starts for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens this season. He was acquired by the Tigers during the offseason as a minor league free agent after pitching in the Miami Marlins' organization for the previous three seasons.