Verlander can’t be Verlander every night… But when he isn’t it would be nice if his offense can pick him up. Well that’s exactly what happened Friday night as Detroit’s big guns in Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder combined for three home runs and five RBIs in a 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
In what would be decent outing for just about any other pitcher in the League, Verlander had some trouble with his command walking four in six innings. However the Tigers ace was still able to strike out six and allow a very manageable three earned runs.
Nick Markakis had Verlander’s number in the series opener tagging him for two doubles before Matt Wieters’ two run home run in the 5th to give the Orioles a 3-1 lead.
The very next inning though Prince Fielder quickly got those runs back hitting a two run home run to tie the game at three. The duo of Cabrera and Fielder however continued to give Orioles pitching nightmares as Fielder went yard once again with a two run shot (scoring Cabrera) to give the Tigers the lead 5-3 in the bottom of the 8th.
Jose Valverde came on during the 9th giving up a leadoff double to Manny Machado but retired the next three Orioles to preserve the save and win.
Joaquin Benoit pitched a scoreless 8th to earn his second win of the season.
In addition to his three runs scored, Miguel Cabrera gave the Tigers an early lead in the first inning with his 31st home run of the season.
Ref: Associated Press