BALTIMORE (AP) — Kyle Gibson tied a career high with 11 strikeouts in the latest impressive outing by a Baltimore starter, and Ramón Urías hit a three-run double to lift the Orioles to their fifth straight victory, 5-1 over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.
Gibson (4-0) allowed two hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked two in the first to load the bases with one out, then retired the next 11 Detroit hitters. Zach McKinstry hit a solo homer off him in the seventh for the first run allowed by a Baltimore starter since the first inning Sunday.
James McCann homered for the Orioles.
Urías was ejected by plate umpire Vic Carapazza after he was called out on strikes to end the fifth. He’d already made an impact though. With two outs in the third, he cleared the bases with a double to right field to gave the Orioles a 4-0 lead.
McCann homered against his former team the following inning.
The Orioles have won nine of their last 11, taking advantage of a stretch in the schedule that’s included the Athletics, White Sox, Nationals and Tigers. Baltimore’s starting pitching was a concern before last weekend, but it has turned around in a big way during this last time through the rotation.
Aside from McKinstry’s homer and a shaky first inning, Gibson was dominant. Detroit made contact on just 16 of 34 swings against the right-hander.
Baltimore has won all five of its series so far against non-AL East opponents.
Joey Wentz (0-3) allowed five runs and six hits in four innings. Most of the damage came in the third after he allowed a leadoff single, balked the runner to second and let him advance to third on a wild pitch.
Adley Rutschman hit a two-out RBI single, and after a single by Ryan Mountcastle and a walk to Anthony Santander, Urías delivered his big hit with the bases loaded.
Orioles: Baltimore kept SS Jorge Mateo (right hip soreness) out of the lineup after hard rain in the afternoon made for wet conditions.
Orioles rookie Grayson Rodriguez (0-0) takes the mound Sunday for the series finale against Detroit’s Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2).