DETROIT - For the last month, the Baltimore Orioles have played consistently and effectively. Of their last 10 series, they lost just one, and have defeated the Detroit Tigers in four of six games.
On Wednesday, the Orioles finished out their work against the Tigers for the regular season with the most runs they've scored in nearly three years.
Baltimore's 13-3 win over Detroit before 38,574 at Comerica Park gave the Orioles their first season series win over the Tigers since 2008.
Chris Davis hit two home runs and drove in five runs. Taylor Teagarden hit his first home run of the season, and Adam Jones drove in three.
"It was a grind for us. You know they're right there for us. They're so potent," manager Buck Showalter said. "I think we're through playing those guys, hopefully. Hopefully. You never look forward to playing them."
Baltimore (42-31) and Detroit (39-31) could play each other in October. Despite losing two of three this weekend, the Tigers still lead the AL Central handily.
The Orioles are a season-high 11 games over .500, and head to Toronto for a three-game series with the surging Blue Jays starting Friday.
"I think we are doing a lot of things right. We are throwing the ball really well, getting some timely hits and scoring some runs. And obviously the defense has been huge as well. I think as a whole, we are playing really well right now," Davis said.
Davis has a major-league leading 26 home runs, and his first home run, an opposite-field shot, started a six-run fourth, which equaled Baltimore's biggest inning of the season. He hit a two-run home run in a four-run ninth as the Orioles won going away.
"We are kind of the king of playing close games. Anytime you can go out there and put up a bunch of runs, it takes some pressure off your pitching staff and lets everybody breathe a little easier," Davis said.
Teagarden was spelling Matt Wieters, and he had just his second hit of the season.
"It feels great. It makes me feel like Adam Jones for an inning or two," Teagarden said.
Chris Tillman (8-2) wasn't at his best, but he won his fifth straight. In five-plus innings, he allowed three runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out one.
"I really didn't have a feel for a single pitch today," Tillman said. "Too many pitches early, late."
Baltimore scored six runs off Rick Porcello (4-4) in the fourth. Detroit scored one in the fourth and two in the sixth to make it 6-3, but three in the seventh and four more in the ninth sent the Orioles off to Canada in a terrific mood.
"I should have been better, but at the same time you have to be happy to come out of Detroit winning the series. These guys have got a good lineup and we know that. It was a grind for me today. No breaks today," Tillman said.
NOTES: Nate McLouth stole his career-high 24th base as part of a double steal with Manny Machado in the seventh. J.J. Hardy stole his first base since joining Baltimore in 2011. ... Showalter said that he still hopes Brian Roberts, who hasn't played since April 4, will be able to go on a rehab assignment when the Orioles return home from their road trip early next week. Roberts has been traveling with the team for the past two weeks as he recovers from surgery on his right hamstring. "I love having Brian around," Showalter said. "He's had a lot of tests that he's passed so far. It may not happen that quickly, but there's a chance that he could go out after this trip." ... Miguel Gonzalez will rejoin the team Friday after missing three days for paternity leave. When he's reinstated, a player will have to be cut. Gonzalez will pitch on Saturday. ... Jason Hammel (7-4, 5.24), who didn't pitch in this series because of a stomach virus will start the Toronto series Friday against R.A. Dickey (6-8, 4.90). Baltimore hasn't decided on a pitcher for Sunday. Freddy Garcia and Zach Britton are the options.