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DETROIT -- Justin Verlander sure was glad to face the Baltimore Orioles again.
Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen hit home runs in the fourth inning and Verlander got his first victory in almost a month to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.
Verlander (9-13) allowed two unearned runs and four hits in six innings, walking three and striking out six. His last win came against Baltimore on July 20, when he allowed a run and three hits in 8 2/3 innings.
"He threw strikes, he pitched great against us back-to-back times -- he was better -- plain and simple," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.
Cabrera was also 3-for-4 and Gary Sheffield drove in two runs for Detroit, which won for only the fifth time in 16 games.
Baltimore had its three-game winning streak snapped.
Between wins against the Orioles, Verlander went through one of the worst stretches in his up-and-down career, going 0-4 with a 9.97 ERA in four starts. He said he didn't do anything differently.
"Nothing really. Just a better quality of pitches," he said.
He was also able to stifle a Baltimore offense which has been potent lately, scoring 66 runs in its previous eight games.
Francis Beltran, Bobby Seay and Kyle Farnsworth pitched the seventh and eighth. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his fourth save in eight chances.
The Tigers bullpen came in with a 4.14 ERA, 20th in baseball, and has struggled for most of the season.
"The bullpen came in and got the job done tonight," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.
Orioles' starter Dennis Sarfate (4-3) lasted 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs and six hits. He has yet to last a full five innings in any of his four starts since joining the rotation. He's allowed 18 earned runs in 15 2/3 innings during that stretch.
Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the second when Sheffield singled in Cabrera, who had led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch that didn't bounce far away from the plate.
Cabrera had been bothered by a hip flexor injury for the past couple of months but he says he's over it now.
"I feel better you know. It doesn't bother me anymore," Cabrera said. "No excuses, run hard ... I feel like I'm 100 percent."
He scored easily on Sheffield's line single to left-center field.
Baltimore went ahead 2-1 in the third when Guillen's two-out throwing error at third on Melvin Mora's grounder allowing Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis to score.
"You just have to look past it," Verlander said. "You can't think about it ... After that, Carlos picked me up in a big way."
The Tigers took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on solo homers by Cabrera and Guillen. Cabrera led off with his 25th, a 440-foot shot to left-center. One out later, Guillen lined the first pitch over the left-field fence for his 10th.
"Getting through the first inning today gave me some confidence," Sarfate said. "But those two solo shots puts them ahead in the game and that's where they stayed."
Sheffield walked with the bases-loaded in the fifth.
Curtis Granderson hit a two-out, run-scoring single in the sixth.
Roberts' double-play grounder in the seventh brought in a run for the Orioles.
Detroit LHP Dontrelle Willis only walked two batters in six innings in his first start Friday night, for Triple-A Toledo. He got the win, allowing two runs and eight hits in six innings. He has been at Single-A Lakeland for most of the season working on his control. ... Baltimore CF Lou Montanez didn't start because of a sore hand after he was hit by a throw while running the bases Friday night. He came in as a defensive replacement in the eighth. ... Guillen returned after missing three games with lower left back stiffness.
|Players of the Game|
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|Brian Roberts, 2B||4||1||1||0||1||1||1||.294|
|Nick Markakis, RF||5||1||1||0||0||2||2||.302|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.279|
|Aubrey Huff, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.300|
|Kevin Millar, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.246|
|Luke Scott, LF||4||0||2||0||0||1||2||.270|
|Jay Payton, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||.242|
|Luis Montanez, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.375|
|Guillermo Quiroz, C||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.204|
|Juan Castro, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.210|
|2B - Nick Markakis (37, Verlander), Guillermo Quiroz (4, Beltran)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Millar|
|Dennis Sarfate (L,4-3)||4.2||6||4||4||3||5||2||5.35|
|WP - Dennis Sarfate 2 (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dennis Sarfate 93-57, Randor Bierd 21-11, Rocky Cherry 14-9, Jamie Walker 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dennis Sarfate 2-7, Rocky Cherry 1-1, Jamie Walker 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Dennis Sarfate 23, Randor Bierd 6, Rocky Cherry 4, Jamie Walker 3|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||3||1||2||1||1||1||0||.300|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.311|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.317|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||4||2||3||1||0||0||3||.296|
|Gary Sheffield, DH||3||0||1||2||1||1||1||.224|
|Carlos Guillen, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||0||5||.284|
|Matt Joyce, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.268|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.264|
|Brandon Inge, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.212|
|2B - Matt Joyce (12, Bierd)|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera (25, Sarfate), Carlos Guillen (10, Sarfate)|
|RBI - Curtis Granderson (44), Miguel Cabrera (93), Gary Sheffield 2 (37), Carlos Guillen (54)|
|2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson (13), Gary Sheffield (16)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Renteria-Polanco-Cabrera, Renteria-Cabrera|
|E - Carlos Guillen 2 (16, Throwing)|
|Justin Verlander (W,9-13)||6||4||2||0||3||6||0||4.60|
|Francis Beltran (H,2)||0.2||2||1||1||0||0||0||4.32|
|Bobby Seay (H,10)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.83|
|Kyle Farnsworth (H,12)||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||3.88|
|Fernando Rodney (S,4)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||4.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 110-69, Francis Beltran 16-9, Bobby Seay 3-2, Kyle Farnsworth 17-11, Fernando Rodney 8-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 8-4, Francis Beltran 1-0, Kyle Farnsworth 1-2, Fernando Rodney 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 25, Francis Beltran 3, Bobby Seay 1, Kyle Farnsworth 5, Fernando Rodney 4|
|Attendance - 41727|
|Game Time - 2:53|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Kevin Causey, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Bill Hohn|