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Verlander struggles as Orioles top Tigers 5-2

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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander

Detroit, MI (WKZO) – Justin Verlander was not the guy we are used to seeing take the mound every fifth game on Tuesday night. Verlander gave up two home runs while lasting just five innings, giving up five runs and seven hits in Detroit’s 5-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in the middle game of a three game set.  

J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Adam Jones hit a three blast in the fifth off Verlander, who lost for the first time in six starts.

Zach Britton recorded his first win of the year after allowing a run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings after being called up earlier in the day from the minors to make this start. Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his MLB leading 26th save.

The Tigers had plenty of chances to cut into the Orioles lead but left 10 runners on base and Miguel Cabrera grounded into a double play with runners on first and second to end the game.

Matt Tuiasosopo hit his third home run of the year in the fifth inning for the Tigers first run of the game. Austin Jackson had an RBI single in the seventh inning driving in Omar Infante from second for the Tigers final run.

Darrin Downs, Luke Putkonen and Phil Coke combined for four scoreless innings in relief of Verlander.

The loss for the Tigers ended a five game winning streak at Comerica Park.

The Tigers and Orioles close out their three game series on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:08. Rick Porcello (4-3, 4.37) gets the start for the Tigers against Chris Tillman (7-2, 3.61). Porcello has won two in row while Tillman has won four of his last five starts.

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