A tight wild-card race gives many teams, like the Orioles, optimism at the deadline. Still, every game is undoubtedly important. And after falling behind by seven runs in the fourth inning Thursday against the Tigers, the Orioles rallied to within one run before their comeback fell just short in a 9-8 loss in front of an announced 30,136 on a muggy night at Camden Yards.
Manny Machado is the sixth-youngest Oriole to reach the milestone in a season, joining such franchise standouts as Ripken, Eddie Murray, Boog Powell and rookies of the year Curt Blefary and Ron Hansen.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman said throughout the first half that he felt like he was close to being the starter that gave his team a chance to win every outing; he just wasn't there yet. In his first start of the second half, Tillman was there ¿ and then some ¿ in a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers that halted the Orioles' three-game losing streak and returned them to .500 (45-45).
The Orioles hit two homers and then battered the Detroit Tigers bullpen for an eight-run eighth inning -- turning a one-run game into an all-out rout in a 12-3 win in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
As they have all season, the Orioles found a less traditional way to outduel flashier talent. Two first-time postseason performers, starter Chris Tillman and reliever Andrew Miller, combined to produce a better line than Scherzer before the Orioles blew the game open against the Tigers bullpen and won, 12-3.
After Tommy Hunter's struggles in the ninth inning Tuesday, Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't offer the most ringing endorsement Wednesday that Hunter would pitch if a save opportunity arises in the series finale against the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards.
When Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander threw a 94-mph fastball behind designated hitter Nelson Cruz in the fourth inning, it injected life into the sleepy Orioles offense. But it still wasn't enough as the Orioles lost, 7-5, in front of an announced 36,727 at Camden Yards.
The Tigers got the best of Kevin Gausman in his first start of the season. The right-hander gave up five earned runs in four innings as Detroit (24-12) jumped out to a 5-0 lead and went on to beat the Orioles (20-18), 7-5, in the series finale at Camden Yards.