Detroit Tigers Win Another 1-Run Game, Beat O’s 5-4
The Tiger bats finally came to life, pounding out 15 hits tonight against Baltimore pitching. For some reason, the Tigers couldn't get many clutch hits and held on for dear life to win tonight's game 5-4. In addition to the 15 hits, the Tigers worked Oriole pitchers for 4 walks for a total of 19 baserunners.
Rookie outfielder Andy Dirks had a 4-hit game and Wilson Betemit had three hits including a two-run homer to lead the Detroit offense. Starting pitcher Brad Penny worked 5 and a third innings and gave up 4 runs to earn his 8th win of the season. Phil Coke relived Penny and struck out three in 1 and 2/3rds innings. Joaquin Benoit got another huge defensive save from centerfielder Austin Jackson, who robbed Adam Jones of a game-tying homer in the 8th inning. Closer Jose Valverde walked the leadoff hitter and had the tying run on third base with two outs before finishing off the Orioles for his 34th save in 34 opportunities. Tigers win 5-4.
Cleveland came back to beat Minnesota tonight 3-2, so the Tiger lead over the Indians is still just 3 games in the American League Central division race. Tigers and Orioles will play again tomorrow night at Camden Yards, 7:05 first pitch. Max Scherzer will go for his 12th win vs. Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie, who is 5-15. The Tigers have a modest 2-game win streak started and really need to add to it.
Tiger reliever Al Alburquerque was hit in the head by a line drive during batting practice today and was taken to a Baltimore hospital for observation and treatment. He has been placed on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. Ryan Perry has been recalled from Toledo to take his place.