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(Wednesday, May 14th)
Final Score: Detroit 7, Baltimore 5
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Miguel Cabrera and Rajai Davis each drove in a pair of runs as the Detroit Tigers recorded their eighth consecutive road win, a 7-5 triumph over the Baltimore Orioles that completed a three-game sweep.
Davis had a solo homer and a sacrifice fly while Cabrera delivered a two-run single to help Detroit build a 6-0 lead after 4 1/2 innings. Bryan Holaday and Danny Worth each went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the victory, which gave the Tigers their longest road win streak since May 10-25, 2006.
"It's increasingly tough (to sweep a series) on the road and to come away with a sweep against a very good team like the Orioles is a huge bonus," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. "We'll get out of town before they decide to add a fourth game to the series."
Justin Verlander (5-2) survived a rough fifth inning in which the Orioles scored five times -- highlighted by Nelson Cruz's three-run homer -- to remain unbeaten at Camden Yards for his career. The Tigers' All-Star lasted six frames, permitting six hits and three walks while fanning four.
Kevin Gausman (0-1), making his first start of the season, was tagged for five runs on six hits over four innings to take the loss.
Cruz finished 2-for-5 and Adam Jones had three hits, including an RBI single, in Baltimore's fourth straight loss.
Gausman began his return to the majors by setting down the first seven Detroit hitters. However, back-to-back singles by Holaday and Worth set the table for a two-run third inning and the Tigers tacked on three more runs against the young hurler in the fourth.
An infield hit by Ian Kinsler loaded the bases and extended the top of the third for Cabrera, who looped a single to left to knock in a pair of runners and break the scoreless tie.
Gausman walked two batters before serving up Holaday's RBI single in the fourth, with Worth following with a bunt base hit that brought home another run in front of Davis' sac fly that lengthened the margin to 5-0.
Detroit furthered its lead on Don Kelly's single in the fifth that plated Victor Martinez, who drew a walk from Miguel Gonzalez earlier in the frame and was placed in scoring position on an error by the Baltimore reliever.
Offensively, the Orioles managed just two singles and a pair of walks against Verlander through four innings of play, but hit the Detroit ace hard in the fifth to get back into the contest.
David Lough singled and Verlander walked Manny Machado with two out prior to surrendering a hard single from Jones that produced Baltimore's initial run. After a Chris Davis single scored Machado, Cruz -- whom Verlander threw behind the previous inning in an apparent retaliatory act -- got his revenge by socking a curveball into the seats in left to bring the Orioles within 6-5.
"We have to focus on the positive things we did," Cruz said. "We battled. We were down by six and we got back in the game very close, by one run."
Rajai Davis homered in the top of the sixth to give the Tigers some cushion, before relievers Al Alburquerque, Ian Krol, Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan combined to hold the O's scoreless over the final three innings to finish off the sweep.
Baltimore's biggest late threat came in the eighth, when two runners reached before Chamberlain retired Nick Markakis for the final out. Nathan allowed just a walk in the ninth en route to his 10th save.
Both teams were warned by home plate umpire John Tumpane after Verlander threw behind Cruz in the fourth inning. Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter was hit in the ribs by Baltimore's Bud Norris after Kinsler homered in Monday's opener, with Hunter sitting out the finale due to soreness ... The Tigers produced their first sweep at Camden Yards, where Verlander is now 7-0 in eight career starts, since May 27-29, 2005 ... Cabrera now has 20 RBI during a 14-game hit streak in Baltimore ... Jones extended his hitting streak to nine games ... Baltimore outfielder Nick Markakis, who had an 18-game hit streak snapped on Monday, went 0-for-13 for the series.
05/14 20:23:10 ET
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