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Baltimore at Detroit

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Baltimore (45-62)000000002241
Detroit (56-50) «00001003x491

Tigers 4, Orioles 2

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DETROIT -- Edwin Jackson's pitch counts have been almost the same in his last two starts.

The results have been completely different.

Five days after needing 115 pitches to get through four innings, Jackson only needed 117 to get into the ninth inning of Detroit's 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night.

Jackson (8-5) had held the Orioles to two hits through eight shutout innings, but hit Nolan Reimold with a pitch to start the ninth. Adam Jones followed with a homer to left. Fernando Rodney entered and recorded three outs for his 22nd save in 23 tries.

"Obviously, I was able to do more tonight with my pitches," said Jackson, who struck out eight. "Tonight I just wanted to attack the strike zone and get outs."

Jackson has only surrendered those two runs in two wins over Baltimore this season, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland blamed himself for ruining Jackson's 16-inning shutout streak against the Orioles. Leyland felt he should have changed pitchers after the Tigers sent eight batters to the plate in a three-run eighth.

"He was pitching a two-hit shutout, so I wanted to get him back out there, but as that inning went on and he had to sit there, I started thinking that I should bring in Rodney," Leyland said. "If we had gone out 1-2-3, I'm sure he would have been fine, but I shouldn't have let him sit that long. That's my fault."

Jeremy Guthrie (7-11) gave up three runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings.

"I expected him to pitch that way tonight," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "It was a quality start, and I was pleased with his performance. It was just unfortunate that he had to go against Jackson, who was special tonight."

Baltimore's only hit in the first six innings came as a result of a Detroit defensive blunder. With two outs in the first, Jones hit a blooper toward second. First baseman Miguel Cabrera tried to make the play, but pulled off at the last second as the ball dropped for an infield single.

"He had great movement on his pitches, and he was hitting 98 [mph] with the fastball," said Luke Scott. "He just had it all."

Ordonez broke the scoreless tie with his sixth homer in the fifth, but hit into an inning-ending double play with two runners on in the seventh.

Placido Polanco gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead with a two-run single off Cla Meredith in the eighth, and Cabrera provided the final run with an RBI single later in the inning.

"Those were some big hits," Leyland said of his struggling offense. "Maggs had a big hit, Polly had a big one and Cabrera got one. That's what we needed."

Notes

Jackson has only lost once in 11 career starts at Comerica Park. "It's just a coincidence, I think," he said. "It isn't like I throw different pitches here than I do at any other stadium. I've just had good games when I've been here." ... Ten of Baltimore's last 13 losses have been by one or two runs. ... Detroit C Alex Avila, son of assistant general manager Al Avila, is expected to make his major league debut Thursday afternoon against the Orioles.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

E. Jackson
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 2
K 8
Baltimore

A. Jones
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B3000110 .284
Nolan Reimold, LF3100011 .273
Adam Jones, CF4122000 .300
Nick Markakis, RF4010021 .300
Aubrey Huff, 1B4010021 .256
Melvin Mora, 3B4000002 .252
Luke Scott, DH3000121 .273
    Felix Pie, PR-DH0000000 .240
Gregg Zaun, C3000122 .244
Cesar Izturis, SS2000001 .262
   a- Ty Wigginton, PH-SS1000000 .264
Totals31242310  
a-grounded out for Izturis in the 8th
Batting
HR - Adam Jones (19, Jackson)
RBI - Adam Jones 2 (64)
SB - Brian Roberts (21, 2nd base off Jackson/Laird), Adam Jones (9, 3rd base off Jackson/Laird)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nick Markakis 1
DP - Mora-B. Roberts-Huff
E - Brian Roberts (9, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Jeremy Guthrie (L,7-11) 7.1633231 5.28
Mark Hendrickson 0.1000000 4.90
Cla Meredith 0.1311000 3.92
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 109-62, Mark Hendrickson 2-2, Cla Meredith 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 6-10, Mark Hendrickson 1-0, Cla Meredith 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 27, Mark Hendrickson 1, Cla Meredith 4
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4000000 .254
Placido Polanco, 2B4112000 .263
Clete Thomas, LF-RF3010100 .269
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3011120 .333
Carlos Guillen, DH4010002 .220
Magglio Ordonez, RF3121001 .265
    Ryan Raburn, LF0000000 .264
Brandon Inge, 3B3110011 .253
Gerald Laird, C3010001 .228
Adam Everett, SS3110000 .246
Totals3049423  
Batting
HR - Magglio Ordonez (6, Guthrie)
RBI - Placido Polanco 2 (49), Miguel Cabrera (62), Magglio Ordonez (34)
2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco 2 (23), Miguel Cabrera (24)
PK - Clete Thomas (1, Guthrie)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Gerald Laird (3, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Edwin Jackson (W,8-5) 8322281 2.62
Fernando Rodney (S,22) 1100120 3.45
HBP - Reimold (by Edwin Jackson)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 117-76, Fernando Rodney 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 9-7
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 30, Fernando Rodney 5
Game Information
Attendance - 28978
Game Time - 2:21
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Mike Everitt