Birds rally late to take series from Tigers

The Orioles took the rubber match from the Tigers, rallying in the seventh to get the 9-5 win.

Coming off the six inning no-hitter on Saturday, Tillman went four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits. He walked two, struck out four, and gave up a home run. His ERA jumped to 3.38 from the 0.00 he entered the game with. Oriole starters went less than five innings for two straight starts.

Penny came into the game with a lifetime record of 1-0 and a 7.71 ERA against the O's with his two starts coming with the Red Sox. Tonight, he went five and one-third innings, allowing four runs on six hits, as well. Penny walked and struck out three on 90 pitches.

Luke Scott was back in the lineup tonight after sitting due to a strained right groin. Cesar Izturis took shortstop after a game-time decision to scratch J.J. Hardy.

Tillman got into trouble in the first inning, allowing two runs on four hits. He threw 32 pitches-13 of which were to Will Rhymes. He did not break 90 mph on the radar gun in the inning.

In the second inning, Tillman settled down, retiring the side in order. Vladimir Guerrero homered for his first of the season to cut the Tigers lead to one in the bottom of the inning. Mark Reynolds singled to tie the game up, plating Adam Jones, who reached on a bunt.

Alex Avila continued to inflict damage to Oriole pitchers with a homerun in the top of the fifth inning to give the Tigers the lead again. Tillman recorded two outs following, but then surrendered a walk and a double that scored an add-on run before being pulled.

Jeremy Accardo came in as relief, recording the final out of the fifth. He stayed on to work an inning and two-thirds, surrendering one run on one hit and a walk.

Scott got his first hit on the season: a double to right field. Jones followed, blasting his first home run to left field to tie the game back up and knock Penny out of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Avila led off the seventh inning with a walk and moved up to second on a Santiago sacrifice bunt. He came around to score when Austin Jackson doubled to left field in the seventh.

The Orioles sent 10 to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, scoring five runs to take the lead for the first time. Roberts and Markakis both got on base to start off the inning. Then Guerrero singled to right, getting Roberts home to tie the game again. Markakis moved to third and Guerrero to second on a throwing error by right fielder Kelly. Scott was intentionally walked to set up the double play, but Jones came through with a sac fly to score Markakis.

Reynolds then followed with a double to tack on two more runs. Izturis singled, plating Reynolds and moving Wieters to second, who walked. The inning ended with the Birds up by four when Roberts hit into a fielder's choice.

Reliever Jim Johnson took the mound for an inning and a third, surrendering only one hit and a walk. Koji Uehara came in to finish the game, sitting the side down in order.

Four Detroit relievers pitched over the final three and two-thirds innings to give up five runs on five hits and two walks.

Johnson (1-0) got the win, while Brad Thomas (0-1) was slated with the loss.

Reynolds and Jones both got three RBIs on the night. Four Oriole hitters had a multi-hit game. Every Oriole in the lineup got on base in some manner.

Justin Duchscherer is scheduled have minor back surgery to remove an ablation, shutting him down for four to five days. He started the season on the 15-day DL for left hip soreness.

The undefeated Texas Rangers come to town tomorrow. Zach Britton (1-0) will get the start against Colby Lewis (1-0).

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