Detroit at Baltimore

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Orioles 2, Tigers 1 (Game 2)

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BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter can only hope the impressive starting pitching he's seen recently will continue next April.

Jeremy Guthrie allowed two hits over eight shutout innings, Nick Markakis homered and Baltimore beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 on Friday night for a doubleheader sweep.

Tigers-Orioles

In the opener, Chris Tillman pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and Adam Jones drove in four runs to lead the Orioles to a 10-6 victory.

It was the second time in three days that Detroit was swept in a doubleheader; Cleveland did it Wednesday. The Tigers (80-80) have lost five straight and must win at least once this weekend to avoid a losing season.

Between Guthrie, Tillman and Kevin Millwood on Wednesday against Tampa Bay, Orioles starters have allowed one run in their last 22 innings.

"That's what's going to have to happen for us to get where we want to go," Showalter said. "It [revolves] around pitching ... and making leads matter late in games. It's been impressive and we hope it carries over."

Robert Andino had four hits in the nightcap for the Orioles, who improved to 33-22 since Showalter made his debut on Aug. 3. With its first doubleheader sweep since June 2006, Baltimore reached the 65-win mark -- one more than it had last year.

"You're always looking for improvement," Showalter said. "When you step back at the end of the year, you want to feel like you're in a little better shape than you were last year at the end of the season."

Guthrie (11-14) struck out five, walked one and permitted only one runner past first base. The right-hander went 8-4 with a 2.75 ERA in 14 starts after the All-Star break.

Koji Uehara yielded a two-out solo homer by Don Kelly in the ninth but earned his 12th save.

Rick Porcello (10-12) gave up two runs and 12 hits in 6 1/3 innings. Bidding to win his sixth straight decision, Porcello fell behind when Markakis opened the third by driving an 0-2 pitch into the right-field seats.

Baltimore made it 2-0 in the seventh, chasing Porcello on singles by Andino, Brandon Snyder and Julio Lugo.

While the Orioles are sprinting to the finish, the Tigers are limping toward the end of a disappointing season.

"It's not good when you lose them two at a time, like we did in Cleveland and here," manager Jim Leyland said. "But you got to keep battling, keep scratching and clawing."

Kelly, who also homered in the opener, said, "It's tough. You never want to lose a bunch in a row. We've got to find a way to battle back these last two games."

Notes

The first game was a makeup of Thursday night's rainout. ... Orioles 2B Brian Roberts missed both games with headaches. ... Detroit C Gerald Laird left the nightcap with a bruised left shoulder. Leyland does not expect Laird to play again this season.

 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

J. Guthrie
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
Baltimore

R. Andino
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Rhymes, 2B4010010 .301
Johnny Damon, DH3000101 .271
Brennan Boesch, RF4000002 .258
Ryan Raburn, LF4010020 .278
Don Kelly, 1B4111012 .251
Brandon Inge, 3B4010012 .247
Casper Wells, CF4000013 .337
Ramon Santiago, SS2000000 .265
Gerald Laird, C1000010 .207
    Alex Avila, C2000000 .231
Totals3214117  
Batting
HR - Don Kelly (9, Uehara)
RBI - Don Kelly (27)
2-OUT RBI - Don Kelly (7)
CS - Ramon Santiago (2, 2nd base by Guthrie/Wieters)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Casper Wells 1
DP - Rhymes-Santiago-Kelly, Inge-Rhymes-Kelly, Rhymes-Santiago-Kelly, Rhymes-Santiago-Kelly
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (L,10-12) 6.11222041 4.92
Ryan Perry 1.2100010 3.65
HBP - Wieters (by Rick Porcello), Fox (by Ryan Perry)
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 96-69, Ryan Perry 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 9-3, Ryan Perry 2-0
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 29, Ryan Perry 5
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Julio Lugo, 2B4011003 .249
    Cesar Izturis, SS0000000 .233
Nick Markakis, RF4121010 .295
Adam Jones, CF4020011 .285
Jake Fox, DH3010001 .221
Matt Wieters, C3000023 .250
Nolan Reimold, LF4000001 .207
Robert Andino, SS-2B4140001 .296
Josh Bell, 3B3010001 .213
Brandon Snyder, 1B3020012 .300
Totals32213205  
Batting
HR - Nick Markakis (11, Porcello)
RBI - Julio Lugo (20), Nick Markakis (58)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Robert Andino (1, Misplayed grounder), Julio Lugo (2, Misplayed grounder), Brandon Snyder (1, Dropped fly)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie (W,11-14) 8200150 3.83
Koji Uehara (S,12) 1211021 2.93
HBP - Santiago (by Jeremy Guthrie)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 108-74, Koji Uehara 11-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 9-11, Koji Uehara 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 29, Koji Uehara 5
Game Information
Attendance - 20870
Game Time - 2:14
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Chris Conroy