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Tue August 4, 2009
Tigers beat Orioles with ninth-inning homer
DETROIT – Clete Thomas homered with two outs in the ninth to give the Detroit Tigers a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
Baltimore led 5-0 with one out in the top of the first, but never scored again. The game was tied at 5 going into the ninth, and Danys Baez (4-5) retired the first two batters, but Thomas hit a 1-2 pitch into the shrubs above the fence in center.
Fernando Rodney (2-2) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief.
Neither starter was involved in the decision. Justin Verlander pitched eight innings, allowing five runs and nine hits. Orioles rookie Chris Tillman gave up five runs in six innings.
The Orioles stunned Verlander by scoring the five runs in the first.