It took five games, but the Detroit Tigers finally have to put a tally in the loss column.
Chris Tillman out-dueled Justin Verlander and Matt Wieters became the first Baltimore Oriole not name ‘Nelson Cruz’ to hit a home run as Baltimore topped the Tigers 3-1. Tillman, the winning pitcher, went 8.1 strong innings, giving up only 5 hits and one earned run off of a Torii Hunter homer. He also struck out five and walked one while throwing 113 pitches.
Verlander went 8 strong innings as well, but was hurt by RBIs from Cruz and Adam Jones. Wieters’ home run came in the ninth off of reliever Al Albuquerque. The Tigers’ ace struck out an unusually low three batters while throwing 112 pitches.