(SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Verlander tries to pitch the Detroit Tigers to their eighth straight road win and a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday at Camden Yards.
Verlander lost for the first time in five decisions on Friday against Minnesota, despite a decent effort that saw him allow two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He still fell to 4-2 on the year to go along with a 2.67 ERA.
"He pitched well," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. "It's tough to hold a team to zeros forever. He did more than give us a chance to win."
Verlander stands a good chance at getting back into the win column this afternoon, as he is 8-2 lifetime versus the O's and is a perfect 6-0 with a 2.29 ERA in seven starts at Camden Yards.
Baltimore, though, hung a loss on the former AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP back on April 6. Verlander surrendered a pair of runs in eight innings of that one.
The Orioles, meanwhile, will counter with their top pitching prospect, Kevin Gausman.
Gausman made 20 appearances (5 starts) for the O's last season, but was 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA. The former first round pick battled pneumonia earlier in the season and was 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Norfolk.
"I've felt for a while that I could go 90-100 pitches," Gausman said. "I feel good physically. And more than anything, that's probably most important. I think part of the reason I was kind of held back a little bit was because I was just coming off the DL. They wanted to make sure everything was OK."
Detroit won in dramatic fashion on Tuesday, as Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez both homered in the ninth inning to power the Tigers to a 4-1 come- from-behind victory.
Tommy Hunter (1-1) took the mound in the ninth for the Orioles and was greeted with a leadoff single from Alex Avila. Rajai Davis came in to pinch-run and stole second. He was originally called out on Caleb Joseph's throw, but replay reversed the call.
After getting two outs, Hunter walked Torii Hunter before serving up a fastball that Cabrera crushed into the bullpen beyond the wall in left-center.
"Every time (Cabrera) steps to the plate you have that feeling that something special is about to happen," Tigers starter Drew Smyly said. "He's the best hitter there is."
Martinez came up next and stroked a solo shot to make it a 4-1 game.
Cabrera and Martinez both had two hits for the Tigers, who will be trying to win eight in a row on the road for the first time since May 10-25, 2006.
Justin Miller (1-0) earned the win after allowing just one hit in two innings in relief of Smyly, who conceded one run on five hits with seven strikeouts over six frames.
Adam Jones had two hits and a homer for Baltimore, which has dropped three straight. Starter Ubaldo Jimenez spun seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits to go with seven strikeouts.
Detroit, which will be trying for its first three-game sweep in Baltimore since 2005, took two of three from the O's earlier this season.