Detroit Tigers lose to Baltimore Orioles despite superior outing by Justin Verlander

BALTIMORE, Maryland -- Justin Verlander shined for the Detroit Tigers in his second straight start, but just like his last outing, the team was unable to finish the job. The Baltimore Orioles won the game at Camden Yards, 1-0. 

Orioles (22-12) outfielder Adam Jones hit his fourth home run of the season on a line drive to left-center field to give the team a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. The ball exited at a speed of 104 miles per hour and traveled 412 feet from home plate for his 200th career shot. Little did Jones know, it would be all that was needed to beat the Tigers on Friday night. 

"I think it's pretty cool," Jones said of the milestone. "Glad we got the win."

Verlander (2-4, 4.71 ERA) allowed one run on four hits and two walks in 8.0 innings of work for Detroit. The right-handed pitcher struck out eight batters and tossed 112 pitched, which 75 went for strikes. 

"It was kind of one of those games where the first person to blink is going to lose," the right-hander said. "Unfortunately, it was me."

With the home run off Verlander, Jones has homered in three of his last four games. He finished 2-for-3 on the night with a run scored and RBI. Jones struggled through the first few weeks of the year due to a rib cage injury but has been coming into prime form as of late. 

Chris Tillman tossed seven scoreless innings in the win over the Tigers to continue his hot start to the season. The right-hander gave up five hits and two walks while logging seven strikeouts. 

"Both those guys looked like they were going to be able to put zeroes up as long as they could toe the rubber," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Tillman (5-1, 2.58 ERA) has allowed just one earned run or fewer in five of his eight starts to start the 2016 season. During 45.1 innings, Tillman has accumulated 47 strikeouts and has allowed just one home run. 

"They were pitchers as much as throwers," Showalter said. "Be a lot more enjoyable if you knew how it was going to turn out so you could sit back and enjoy watching two pitchers really good at their trade."

Nick Castellanos led off the seventh inning for Detroit with a double, but Tillman struck out Justin Upton and Steven Moya before getting James McCann to fly out to the warning track in right field. 

Darren O'Day allowed a hit but pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Zach Britton threw a perfect ninth inning on the hill for his 10th save of the season. 

The Tigers (15-20) have dropped three in a row and the last 10 of 11 games. The team is now 15-20 on the season, which puts them 8.5 games out of first place in the American League Central. It does not help that Upton, a six-year, $132.75 million addition this offseason, is hitting .214 on the season and just .077 in his last seven games. 

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The Tigers will send Anibal Sanchez (3-3, 3.89 ERA) will get the start on Saturday night. The right-hander owns a 1-1 record with a 6.23 ERA at Camden Yards in his career. Mike Wright (1-3, 5.83 ERA) will oppose Sanchez on his home turf.