Baltimore, MD (WKZO) – Jose Valverde allowed two home runs in the ninth inning, the second one a three run walk-off to Chris Dickerson giving the Orioles the win over the Tigers 7-5 on Friday night at Camden Yards for their fifth straight win and the Tigers fourth loss in a row.
Valverde entered the ninth and allowed a solo shot to Nick Markakis to trim the Tigers lead to 5-4. He then gave up back to back singles before getting Matt Wieters and JJ Hardy to pop out for the first two outs of the inning. But then Dickenson sent Valverde’s 2-1 pitch over the right center field wall for the win and spoiling an incredible outing from Max Scherzer.
Scherzer was in-line to improve his record to 8-0 after allowing just three runs – all earned – over eight innings, fanning 10 and retiring the final 16 Orioles he faced. This was the fourth double digit strikeout preference of 2013 for Scherzer. He also gave up three hits and walked just two. Scherzer gave up a two-run homer to Adam Jones in the third inning with two outs and didn’t allow another base runner before being replaced by Valverde.
The Tigers got on the board early as Miguel Cabrera connected on his 16th home run of the year in the first inning, a two run shot. Andy Dirks was on base after singling on a 0-2 count. Cabrera finished 2-4 with a walk and Dirks went 2-5 and scored twice.
Avisail Garcia went 2 for 4 with a home run and a RBI single.
*Avisail Gracia’s RBI single in the fourth scored Jhonny Peralta from second to tie the game at three.
*Tigers retake the lead 4-3 after Victor Martinez’s fielder’s choice in the fifth with the bases loaded scored Dirks from third.
*Garcia added on a run in the sixth inning with his second home run of the year, a solo shot to right field.
*Baltimore scored their first run in the second inning on a sac fly from Matt Wieters. Adam Jones scored the run from third after singling to start the inning. Jones advanced to third on Chris Davis’ single to right.
*After Miguel Cabrera walked and Prince Fielder singled in the top of the seventh, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta failed to drive in any runs ending the inning.
Game Notes: Cabrera finished May with 12 home runs, the most in the month of May since Willie Horton had 12 in 1968…Omar Infante hit leadoff and went 0-5…The Orioles used five pitchers in relief. Darin O’Day got the win after recoding one out in the ninth, a groundout to short by Cabrera…Justin Verlander (6-4, 3.68 ERA) and Jason Hammel (7-2, 4.98) are the scheduled starters for Saturday’s game. Game time is set for 4:05pm.