DETROIT (AP) -- Chris Davis hit a three-run homer and the Baltimore Orioles snapped the Detroit Tigers' four-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory on Saturday night. Adam Jones and Matt Wieters opened the seventh inning with consecutive singles off Rick Porcello (9-8). Davis then drove a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left for his 19th homer, snapping the scoreless tie. Zach Britton (2-1) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked three in seven sparkling innings as Baltimore won for the fourth time in six games. Johnny Peralta hit a two-run single off Pedro Strop with two out in the eighth, trimming Detroit's deficit to one. But Peralta was caught in a rundown to end the inning and Jim Johnson got three outs for his 36th save. The Orioles have won 12 consecutive one-run games, matching the club record. Three other Baltimore teams have won a dozen straight one-run games. The most recent was the 1979 American League champions. The current club is 23-6 in one-run games. Detroit's slugging tandem of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder reached base six times in eight plate appearances but scored only one run. The next three spots in the lineup were a combined 2 for 10 with three strikeouts. Britton got some help from shortstop J.J. Hardy, who started three inning-ending double plays. The biggest came in the first, when Detroit loaded the bases with one out but failed score when Peralta grounded to Hardy. It was Britton's longest start of the season. Porcello, who lost a second straight start, struck out six in the first six innings before running into trouble in the seventh. It was a rare home loss for the Tigers, who had won 17 of their last 20 at Comerica Park. NOTES: Strop hit Cabrera in the upper left arm in the eighth but the third baseman stayed in the game. ... Orioles manager Buck Showalter said RHP Jason Hammel (right knee injury) had an encouraging 40-pitch rehab session and will try another on Monday. He's been on the disabled list since July 15.
Orioles power past Tigers 3-2
August 19, 2012, 2:28 am