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Britton (2-1) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked three as Baltimore won for the fourth time in six games to remain in control of the second wild-card spot in the American League. The left-hander recorded his longest start of the season after opening the year on the disabled list and spending more than a month at Triple-A Norfolk.
"The defense played great and [catcher]
"It gave me confidence."
"I didn't think it was going to go out," said Davis, whose shot barely cleared the wall. "I was just hoping it would get over
Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run single off Pedro Strop with two out in the eighth, trimming Detroit's deficit to one. But Peralta was caught in a rundown to end the inning and Jim Johnson got three outs for his 36th save.
The Orioles have won 12 consecutive one-run games, matching the club record. Three other Baltimore teams have won a dozen straight one-run games. The most recent was the 1979 American League champions. The current club is 23-6 in one-run games.
"Zach was the difference today," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Porcello was dealing and Zach matched him.
"I thought he had a really good presence about him. He kept pounding the zone."
Porcello looked sharp early -- he retired 11 straight after allowing two third-inning singles -- but ran into trouble in the seventh.
"One pitch was what we got beat on, and it wasn't even a bad pitch," he said. "Sometimes you gotta tip your hat to them. Not only did he get a hit off of it, but he hurt us with three runs.
"We were neck-and-neck there up until the seventh inning and it just went their way and not ours. It happens."
Detroit's slugging tandem of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder reached base six times in eight plate appearances but scored only one run. The next three spots in the lineup were a combined 2 for 10 with three strikeouts when either of the duo was on base.
"Right off the bat, we had some opportunities and we didn't take advantage of it," manager Jim Leyland said, "and sometimes in games that comes back to haunt you."
Porcello, who lost a second straight start, surrendered seven hits and struck out six. It was a rare home loss for the Tigers, who had won 17 of their last 20 at Comerica Park.
They remained 1½ games behind AL Central-leading Chicago, which lost at Kansas City.
|Chris Davis' three-run homer stands as the difference in the Orioles' victory over the Tigers. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Nick Markakis, RF||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.287|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.225|
|Nate McLouth, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.180|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.293|
|Matt Wieters, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.245|
|Chris Davis, DH||4||1||2||3||0||1||0||.253|
|Mark Reynolds, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.219|
|Manny Machado, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.303|
|Robert Andino, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.224|
|HR - Chris Davis (19, Porcello)|
|RBI - Chris Davis 3 (59)|
|CS - Mark Reynolds (3, 2nd base by Villarreal/Avila), Robert Andino (5, 3rd base by Porcello/Avila)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Outfield Assists - Nick Markakis 1|
|DP - Hardy-Andino-Reynolds, Hardy-Andino-Reynolds, Hardy-Andino-Reynolds|
|E - Nate McLouth (1, Dropped fly)|
|Zach Britton (W,2-1)||7||6||0||0||3||5||0||6.23|
|Pedro Strop (H,21)||1||2||2||2||0||1||0||1.51|
|Jim Johnson (S,36)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.20|
|IBB - Cabrera by Zach Britton|
|HBP - Cabrera (by Pedro Strop)|
|WP - Pedro Strop (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zach Britton 103-59, Pedro Strop 16-12, Jim Johnson 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Britton 8-5, Pedro Strop 1-0, Jim Johnson 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Zach Britton 27, Pedro Strop 5, Jim Johnson 3|
|Austin Jackson, CF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.308|
|Omar Infante, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.288|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||2||1||2||0||1||0||0||.332|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||2||0||0||0||2||2||4||.310|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||0||1||2||0||1||5||.261|
|Delmon Young, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.265|
|Alex Avila, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.253|
|Jeff Baker, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.257|
|a- Brennan Boesch, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.247|
|Andy Dirks, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.330|
|a-grounded out for Baker in the 9th|
|2B - Austin Jackson (21, Britton)|
|RBI - Jhonny Peralta 2 (46)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta 2 (26)|
|CS - Andy Dirks (1, 2nd base by Britton/Wieters)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Peralta-Infante-Fielder|
|Rick Porcello (L,9-8)||6||7||3||3||1||6||1||4.67|
|Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 97-65, Brayan Villarreal 9-6, Phil Coke 18-12, Octavio Dotel 9-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 6-5, Phil Coke 1-0, Octavio Dotel 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 25, Brayan Villarreal 2, Phil Coke 3, Octavio Dotel 3|
|Attendance - 42132|
|Game Time - 2:44|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Tim Timmons|