DETROIT — The Orioles were on the wrong end of the record books on Monday night, watching as Detroit starter Max Scherzer struck out 10 en route to becoming the second Tigers pitcher in 112 years to open the season with 10 wins and no losses.
They were involved in history again on Tuesday night, but this time it will be something worth remembering. Baltimore used a pair of home runs to chase Tigers ace Justin Verlander after five innings in a 5-2 victory, handing one of the game’s best pitchers his first loss in 13 career starts against the Orioles.
“I couldn’t tell you how it happened,” said shortstop J.J. Hardy, who connected for his third homer in two games against Verlander. “I feel like I just kind of blacked out and I’m happy about it.”