BALTIMORE (AP) – Chris Tillman pitched seven innings of five-hit ball, Adam Jones broke up a scoreless duel with a sixth-inning homer off Justin Verlander and the Baltimore Orioles beat the skidding Detroit Tigers 1-0 Friday night.
Tillman (5-1) struck out seven and walked two to win his fourth straight start and provide Baltimore with its second six-game winning streak of the season. Tillman has a 1.33 ERA with 32 strikeouts in his last four outings.
Darren O’Day worked the eighth and Zach Britton got three straight outs for his 10th save.
Verlander (2-4) went the distance, allowing four hits, striking out eight and walking two in eight innings. He came in 7-0 in eight career starts at Camden Yards.
It was the 10th loss in 11 games for the Tigers, who were blanked for the fourth time this season.
Neither team got a runner to third base until Jones drove a pitch over the center-field wall. It was the 200th home run of his career and fourth this season.
Nick Castellanos led off the Detroit seventh with a double, but Tillman struck out the next two batters before retiring James McCann on a fly ball to the warning track in right field.
That ended Tillman’s night. With an assist from the Baltimore bullpen, the right-hander improved to 5-0 lifetime against Detroit.
Tillman permitted two runners to reach in each of the first two innings and gave up a leadoff single in the third. He quickly steadied himself, retiring 10 straight batters with four strikeouts.
The streak ended with a two-out walk to Miguel Cabrera in the sixth. Facing a shift in which six players lined up on the outfield grass, hot-hitting Victor Martinez hit into a force play on a grounder that was handled about 12 feet beyond the infield.
Martinez finished 1 for 4, ending his run of three consecutive games with at least three hits.
Verlander allowed two singles and walked two through the fifth. One pitch in the sixth, however, separated his exceptional outing from Tillman’s.
The Tigers purchased the contract of RHP Warwick Saupold from Triple-A Toledo and optioned LHP Daniel Norris to the same minor league club.
Tigers: RHP Shane Green (blister) traveled with the team, but there are no plans yet for him to begin a rehabilitative assignment. He last pitched on April 24.
Orioles: RHP Yovani Gallardo (right shoulder tendinitis) will throw for the first time Saturday since going on the DL on April 23. He will make 25 throws at 60 feet on a flat surface.
Tigers: Anibal Sanchez (3-3, 3.89 ERA) makes his eighth start of the season Saturday night. He’s 1-1 with a 6.23 ERA in two career starts at Camden Yards.
Orioles: Mike Wright (1-3, 5.83) attempts to end a three-game losing streak. He’s allowed five runs in two of his last three starts.