American League Game Summary - Detroit at Baltimore|
(Sunday, July 15th)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Baltimore 0
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Justin Verlander bounced back from his poor
performance in the All-Star Game by tossing eight scoreless innings on Sunday
to help the Detroit Tigers blank the Baltimore Orioles, 4-0, in the rubber
match of a three-game series.
Verlander (10-5) gave up just three hits and recorded eight strikeouts for the
Tigers, who have won seven of eight. As the starting pitcher for the American
League in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, Verlander was charged with five runs
in just one inning of work.
But the right-hander regained his form Sunday, and has now worked six or more
innings in each of his last 61 starts for the Tigers dating back to Aug. 22,
2010. It marks the longest such streak by a major league pitcher since Steve
Carlton did so in 69 straight starts from Sept. 13, 1979-April 13, 1982.
"The horse did what horses do," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "Just a
stellar performance by Verlander, and we go home winning the series."
Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson hit solo homers for Detroit, which got an
RBI apiece from Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta.
Miguel Gonzalez (1-1) allowed three runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings for
the Orioles, who have lost four of five.
"After the All-Star Game I thought we were going to have a real good shot of
lighting him up, but I think he was just setting us up," Orioles left fielder
Chris Davis said jokingly. "He's good. He won the MVP last year for a reason.
I felt like, at times, that he was just toying with us."
Jackson led off the game with a homer to right-center field and the Tigers
never looked back.
Detroit tacked on another run in the second after Brennan Boesch doubled,
moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Peralta's bloop single to right.
The Tigers added to their lead in the sixth. Prince Fielder walked, advanced
to second on Boesch's bloop single to center and raced home on Avila's single
to right. Avila's hit went under the glove of Baltimore second baseman Robert
Andino, who suffered a left shoulder injury on the play. Andino got hurt while
diving to his left.
Meanwhile, Verlander was dominant on the mound for Detroit. He retired 12
straight batters before giving up a two-out single to Mark Reynolds in the
Jose Valverde worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to secure the
The Tigers will host the Orioles at Comerica Park on Aug. 17-19...Ryan
Flaherty replaced Andino at second base...The Orioles placed starter Jason
Hammel on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a right knee injury. Hammel
will undergo arthroscopic surgery and is expected to be sidelined at least 3
to 4 weeks. To fill Hammel's spot on the roster, Baltimore recalled pitcher
Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk. Johnson gave up one run in two innings of
work on Sunday. He was sent back to Norfolk after the game...Verlander
improved to 7-0 in 10 career starts versus Baltimore. He also picked
up his 117th career victory, moving him into a tie with Denny McLain for 13th
on the club's all-time list...Jackson scored a run for the 12th straight game.
07/15 19:40:10 ET