Kevin Gausman allowed three runs in six arduous innings in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers, a start that on the surface does not fit tidily into his recent run of scoreless starts, or the August string of dominance that possibly heralded his arrival as a front-line starting pitcher.
The Orioles' seven-game winning streak was snapped after reliable reliever Darren O'Day allowed back-to-back home runs to Tigers J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera. O'Day believes a blown call on a Martinez check swing is what led to the failure.
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.
Nelson Cruz broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a two-run homer off left-hander David Price, giving the Orioles a 2-1 clinching victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
The Orioles once again beat the Detroit Tigers bullpen in the eighth inning Friday afternoon at Camden Yards, when Delmon Young delivered a bases-loaded double to cap a four-run eighth and give the club a 7-6 victory.
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.