The Tigers, who have gotten tremendous relief work from their bullpen this season, don't want to disrupt momentum or subject any of their pitchers to too much wear and tear. Detroit went to Eddie Bonine first in a line of five relievers in the series opener, and the Orioles had three relievers pitch more than one full inning in a 12-9 loss.
"You can't use guys too long. I've already rode Bonine for a couple days now and we are getting close to the break," said manager Jim Leyland. "You don't want to overextend anybody. Those are the tough games to manage when you get like that. But you have to keep piecing it together and hope you get some outs somewhere along the line. ... Those guys did a great job for us. It was a nice win for us as it turned out. But it was a really ugly Major League game."
Detroit will send Armando Galarraga to the hill on Tuesday and he'll be matched against Baltimore rookie Jake Arrieta. Galarraga allowed six earned runs and took the loss in his most recent start, but the Tigers have won in five of his past six outings, including his near perfect game. Still, getting deep in the game hasn't been his forte.
Galarraga has completed six innings in just three of his first eight starts this season, giving notice to the Detroit bullpen that it might be needed again on Tuesday. The Tigers have seen their relievers work to a 17-7 record and a 3.31 ERA this season, and All-Star closer Jose Valverde has converted 18 straight save opportunities.
"They never will go overlooked by the 25 [guys] in this clubhouse," said third baseman Brandon Inge. "They go out there and they've picked us up so many times this year. They've been doing a great job. Our whole bullpen has, especially times when our starters have had a little trouble, they've gone out there and done their job."
And for the Orioles, the focus is on the positive. Baltimore struck a reflective tone in the wake of Monday's loss, a game in which it allowed five runs in the first inning and stormed back for five more in the second.
"We answered with five of our own, so that shows that we got fight," said center fielder Adam Jones. "I mean, it just kept going back and forth. They had more big innings than we did, we made a good effort at the end."
Orioles: Pie provides offensive boost
Baltimore's offense will get a boost on Tuesday, when Felix Pie returns from an extended stint on the disabled list. Pie, who has been out since mid-April with an upper back strain, should push Corey Patterson back into a bench role. Pie hit .400 for the Orioles before he hit the DL, and he batted .326 in an 11-game Minor League rehab assignment. Arrieta, a fifth-round Draft pick in 2008, won each of his first two starts, but has struggled in his past few outings. The right-hander has completed six innings three times in his five starts, and he's held the opposition to three earned runs or less three times. Baltimore has managed to win three of Arrieta's first five starts.
Tigers: Valverde worthy of All-Star bid
Valverde allowed two earned runs in Monday's game, but he's managed a scoreless appearance in 33 of his first 36 games this season. Detroit's relief ace ranks fifth in saves this season, and he ranks among the league leaders in opponent's batting average and ERA. Valverde has allowed just one home run all season.
All 18 starters reached base via hit or walk in Monday's series opener. ... Jones made the first out in three of Baltimore's first four innings at bat. ... Detroit reliever Joel Zumaya will undergo season-ending surgery on July 12. The right-hander has a broken bone in his pitching elbow. ... Johnny Damon's next hit will be No. 2,500 for his career. ... The Orioles never managed to pitch a 1-2-3 inning in Monday's defeat.
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Damon overwhelms O's in extras
Johnny Damon had two huge hits on Tuesday. First, he tallied his 2,500th hit with a third-inning single. Then he hit an 11th-inning walk-off blast to overshadow rookie Jake Arrieta's stellar start for Baltimore.
|Patterson, C, DH||6||0||0||0||1||1||7||.280|
|Tejada, M, 3B||5||1||2||0||1||0||0||.280|
|1-Moore, S, PR-1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Jones, Ad, CF||4||1||2||0||1||1||2||.272|
|Izturis, C, SS||5||1||1||0||1||1||5||.243|
1-Ran for Wigginton in the 10th.
|a-Jackson, A, PH-CF||2||1||1||0||0||0||2||.307|
|Cabrera, Mi, 1B||5||2||3||2||0||1||4||.343|
2B: Wieters (10, Galarraga).
3B: Wieters (1, Galarraga).
HR: Markakis (5, 7th inning off Galarraga, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Tejada, M 2; Markakis 6; Wigginton 2; Jones, Ad 2; Wieters 5; Pie 2; Lugo 3; Izturis, C.
RBI: Markakis 3 (30), Pie (2), Lugo (11).
2-out RBI: Pie; Markakis.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wigginton 3; Izturis, C; Jones, Ad; Patterson, C 2; Wieters.
Team RISP: 3-for-17.
Team LOB: 17.
SB: Izturis, C (6, 2nd base off Schlereth/Avila).
CS: Jones, Ad (5, 2nd base by Galarraga/Avila), Pie (1, 2nd base by Gonzalez, E/Avila).
3B: Cabrera, Mi (1, Berken), Inge (2, Berken).
HR: Cabrera, Mi (21, 9th inning off Simon, 1 on, 1 out), Damon (5, 11th inning off Hernandez, Da, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Kelly; Jackson, A; Damon 5; Ordonez; Cabrera, Mi 8; Boesch; Guillen; Inge 4; Avila.
RBI: Avila (13), Boesch (47), Inge (38), Cabrera, Mi 2 (73), Damon 2 (24).
2-out RBI: Avila.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Santiago; Boesch; Cabrera, Mi; Ordonez; Jackson, A.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 10.
E: Santiago 2 (6, fielding, fielding).
DP: 2 (Santiago-Guillen-Cabrera, Mi, Cabrera, Mi).
|Hernandez, Da(L, 3-7)||1.0||2||2||2||0||1||1||4.63|
Coke pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.
IBB: Tejada, M (by Schlereth).
HBP: Jones, Ad (by Galarraga).
Pitches-strikes: Arrieta 96-64, Ohman 3-3, Berken 25-17, Simon 33-20, Hernandez, Da 14-10, Galarraga 104-62, Coke 5-3, Gonzalez, E 14-9, Schlereth 29-20, Valverde 18-12, Perry 13-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Arrieta 3-8, Ohman 1-0, Berken 0-0, Simon 2-1, Hernandez, Da 0-1, Galarraga 9-5, Coke 0-0, Gonzalez, E 1-0, Schlereth 2-2, Valverde 3-0, Perry 1-0.
Batters faced: Arrieta 28, Ohman 1, Berken 5, Simon 8, Hernandez, Da 5, Galarraga 33, Coke 1, Gonzalez, E 2, Schlereth 10, Valverde 5, Perry 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Ohman 1-0, Berken 1-0, Simon 1-0, Coke 1-1, Gonzalez, E 1-0, Schlereth 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Joe West. 1B: Angel Hernandez. 2B: Dan Bellino. 3B: Rob Drake.
Weather: 91 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, In from RF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media