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Tigers’ Avila, Verlander hand Orioles first loss

by Joe Pilone | Posted on Thursday, April 7th, 2011
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It was a tough night on the mound for Orioles starter Brad Bergesen. Starting in place of ace Jeremy Guthrie, who is home from the hospital still recuperating from a bout with pneumonia, Bergesen was knocked around for four runs in 3 1/3 innings.

The Orioles woes began in the second when Brian Roberts dropped a two-out pop fly, opening the door for a two-run double by Alex Avila off the right-field scoreboard. Later in the fourth, a two-run homer by Avila would end the night for Bergesen. In the bottom of the fourth, Derek Lee hit a two-run homer off Justin Verlander with Nick Markakis on base. But Josh Rupe, in relief for Bergesen, wouldn’t have much better luck as Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth.

In the bottom of the sixth, the O’s showed a spark whE. Roberts walked, stole second and scored on a single by Vladimir Guerrero. The momentum for the birds ended when Guerrero was thrown out trying for two with two outs. Another RBI made the game 7-3, giving Avila his fifth of the game.

Chris Tillman will take the mound tomorrow as the Birds try to bounce back from their first loss of the year.

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Joe is a graduate of Penn State University. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Joe is employed with Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (the biggest shipping company at the Port of Baltimore).He is a big fan of Through The Fence Baseball and is thrilled to be a part of such a great site.

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