O's Arrieta sent down after loss

DETROIT - Jake Arrieta's latest stint with the Baltimore Orioles lasted four days and ended painfully.

Called up from Norfolk to help out in the bullpen, Arrieta was rushed into a start when Jason Hammel came up ill, and after Monday's 5-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers before 32,525, he was returned to the Tides.

Arrieta has had chance after chance, and he keeps teasing Baltimore. Monday's outing was no tease. He was down quickly.

In the first, Miguel Cabrera blasted his 19th home run of the year, a two-run shot off Arrieta to give Detroit a 2-0 lead.

"We didn't get off to a good start, and every time you elevate a ball, they were right on it," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Chris Davis hit his 24th homer of the year to lead off the second off Max Scherzer.

The Tigers (39-29) took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Austin Jackson, and added two more in the bottom of the fifth. Victor Martinez's sacrifice fly and Jhonny Peralta's single drove in runs.

Arrieta (1-2) allowed five runs on 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings, walking one and striking out three.

"Didn't throw enough quality strikes in certain situations. And that's why they were able to put good swings on certain balls," Arrieta said.

Showalter said that Arrieta was fortunate because had he pitched like that at home, he would have given up more runs.

"At least we got fiveish out of him," Showalter said.

The Orioles (40-31) had runners on in both the fourth and fifth, but Scherzer pitched out of trouble both times. In the fourth with Davis and Matt Wieters on first and second, J.J. Hardy fouled out and Chris Dickerson struck out.

In the fifth, Scherzer, who became the first pitcher since 1909 to start a season 10-0, struck out Davis with the bases loaded.

"He was just coming after me," Davis said. "When you're throwing that hard and you're throwing a number of pitches for strikes, you assume that he's going to throw a strike. I was looking for a ball over the plate. He got me to chase."

Showalter refused to call that an important out.

"I think it was more pivotal that we didn't get started too well with our pitching," he said.

By the time he was finished with his night's work after six innings, Scherzer had recorded 10 strikeouts. It was the fifth time this season Scherzer had at least 10.

NOTES: Hammel, who was scratched from Monday's start with a virus, now won't start today, either. Hammel, who was away from the club on Friday and Saturday, will probably not start until Friday in Toronto. Zach Britton, who started and lost a game in Seattle in April, will be recalled from Norfolk to start today's game against Justin Verlander. ... Chris Tillman is scheduled to start on Wednesday afternoon, and the Orioles prefer to let him start on schedule. ... Miguel Gonzalez has left the Orioles to be with his wife, Lucia, who's about to deliver the couple's first child in California. He may be placed on the paternity list, which allows the Orioles to replace him for three days. ... Wei-Yin Chen threw 45 pitches off a full mound in Sarasota, Fla. Chen will throw the first of two simulated games on Thursday, Showalter said. ... Wilson Betemit continues to recover slowly from a severely sprained left knee he suffered in late March. ... Showalter said that Nolan Reimold is ready to start his rehabilitation assignment today at Bowie. ... In his first start since being officially optioned to Norfolk, Tsuyoshi Wada allowed one run on five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Wada struck out eight and walked none.

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