Baltimore, MD (WKZO) – The Tigers have now won eight straight road games as they completed the three game series sweep over the Baltimore Orioles after Wednesday afternoon’s 7-5 victory.
Justin Verlander (5-2) picked up the win and improved to 7-0 lifetime at Camden Yards. The Tigers’ ace allowed five earned runs (all coming in the fifth), on six hits, three walks, while striking out four. Verlander was cruising along until the Orioles hit him up for the five runs in the fifth, highlighted by a three run home run from Nelson Cruz.
Making his first start of the season for Baltimore, Kevin Gausman allowed five earned runs in just four innings, but did hold the Tigers hitless thru the first two innings. The 23-year old allowed a two run single to Miguel Cabrera in the third and was chased from the game following the fourth after allowing three more runs.
What really hurt Gausman was his inability to shut down the Tigers’ bottom third of the lineup as Don Kelly, Bryan Holaday and Danny Worth combined for five hits and four runs before Gausman departed.
Al Alburquerque, Ian Krol, Joba Chamberlin combined for two scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth before Joe Nathan recorded his 10th save of the year.
The Tigers are now 24-12 on the season and hold baseball’s best record.
The Tigers are now off until Friday as they continue their nine game road trip with three against the Boston Red Sox. Max Scherzer (5-1, 2.04 ERA) will take the mound in the opener and will be opposed by Jon Lester (4-4, 2.75). First pitch is set for 7:10pm.