Orioles win streak snapped at 4, lose 7-3

O's starter Brad Bergesen struggled as the Birds lost 7-3 for the first time this season.

The Orioles came into tonight's game looking for the second 5-0 start in franchise history. Detroit squashed those dreams as the O's fell 7-3 to the Tigers. Brad Bergesen (0-1) got the loss and Justin Verlander (1-0) won his first game on the season.

Bergesen was handed the ball after Jeremy Guthrie was scratched from his start because of pneumonia. During Spring Training, Bergesen went 1-1 with a 5.82 ERA in six games. He started the season in the bullpen until the team was in need of a fifth starter.

In his season debut, Bergesen went three and two-thirds innings, being pulled after 89 pitches. He gave up four runs, five hits, and a homerun. Bergesen walked and struck out two. He allowed a base runner in every inning.

Verlander came into the game with a perfect 5-0 career record and a 2.52 ERA against the Birds and continued his perfection over the team, increasing his record to 6-0.

The Tigers struck first in the second inning, getting two unearned runs. Brian Roberts got his first error after he missed a pop up by Brennan Boesch. Bergesen then walked Jhonny Peralta and allowed Boesch to move up to third base after a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Both runners came in to score on an Alex Avila double.

In the top of the fourth inning, Detroit added two more runs on a homerun by Avila, who got a career high five RBIs and stole a base in the game.

Derrek Lee got his first hit as an Oriole and his first hit off Justin Verlander, launching a 2-run homer 348 ft. over the right field scoreboard to bring the O's within two in the bottom of the fourth.

Josh Rupe came in as relief with two outs in the fourth. He gave up back to back homeruns to Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in the fifth inning. He worked three innings, giving up two runs. Mike Gonzalez and Kevin Gregg went the final two and one-third innings. Combined, they gave up one run on four hits.

Oriole bats were shut down by Verlander as hitters were retired in order six times on the night-once by Joaquin Benoit in the ninth. Verlander allowed three runs on four hits in his eight innings of work. He only allowed six base runners as he walked two and struck out nine.

With Bergesen's performance today, Orioles starters are 3-1. They came into the game with a 0.69 ERA.

Jeremy Guthrie was cleared by the team doctor to play short distance catch today. He is looking to start Sunday's game that originally would have belonged to Bergesen.

Chris Tillman (0-0) will take the mound for tomorrow's rubber match in search of his first win on the season. He will face Brad Penny (0-1) who is coming off a loss to the Yankees.

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