QUICK SUMMARY: Chris Tillman pitched into the ninth inning as the Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 on Sunday. The Orioles broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth on Nick Markakis’ triple and Adam Jones’ sacrifice fly. The win ended a four-game losing streak.
KEY STAT: Tillman became the first Orioles pitcher to make it into the seventh inning, pitching into the ninth.
THE GOOD: Tillman was outstanding, allowing a run on five hits in 8 1/3 innings against a potent Tigers offense.
-The Orioles managed two runs against Justin Verlander. They beat him for the second time in 10 decisions.
-The Orioles’ defense was very sharp with several excellent plays. They’ve made just one error in the first six games.
-Tommy Hunter got his second save of the season.
-Ryan Flaherty broke an 0-for-17 streak to start the season with a ninth inning single.
THE BAD: Torii Hunter homered in each of the three games this weekend.
-It’s hard to criticize the offense on a day they made Verlander a hard luck loser, but they still scored just three runs.
THE UGLY: Jonathan Schoop was 0-for-4. He’s just 2-for-18 with seven strikeouts.
OUCH: J.J. Hardy was a late scratch with back spasms. He missed Friday’s game, but the Orioles say these spasms aren’t in the same spot.
THAT’S WEIRD: Nick Markakis had the Orioles’ fourth triple of the series and season. Last season, the Orioles hit just 14.
NEXT: The Orioles travel to New York to play three games with the Yankees. On Monday, Ubaldo Jimenez faces Hiroki Kuroda. It’s the fourth of five consecutive scheduled day games.