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Tigers end Orioles' five-game win streak

CLETE Thomas homered twice and Justin Verlander won his sixth game of the season as the visiting Detroit Tigers ended the Baltimore Orioles' five-game winning streak with a 6-3 victory on Saturday.

Thomas staked the American League Central Division-leading Tigers to a 2-0 lead with a solo homer in the third inning and broke a 3-3 tie with a seventh-inning home run. He drove in another run with a double in the eighth to go 3-for-5.

"I don't think I've (homered twice) in professional ball," Thomas told reporters. "I've done it in amateur ball. (The power) is there. It's just a matter of getting it to show up. It showed up tonight."

Curtis Granderson also homered for Detroit and Magglio Ordonez had three hits.

Verlander (6-2) pitched six innings, giving up nine hits and three runs. He struck out five and walked one.

"It wasn't easy out there for me tonight, but my guys picked me up," Verlander said. "I gave (Thomas) a big, hard high-five. Obviously, that (Thomas's homers) was the pivotal point in the game."

Four relievers

Four relievers held the Orioles without a run the remainder of the game.

Elsewhere in the AL, it was: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 3; Rays 5, Twins 2; Yankees 10, Indians 5; White Sox 5, Royals 3; Rangers 14, Athletics 1; and Mariners 4, Angels 3 (10 innings).

In the National League, it was: Marlins 7, Mets 3; Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2 (in 11 innings); Cubs 7, Dodgers 0; Brewers 9, Reds 5; Pirates 7, Astros 4; Phillies 9, Nationals 6; Rockies 8, Padres 7; and Cardinals 6, Giants 2.

In Baltimore, the Orioles (23-27), in last place in the AL East, came back from a 0-3 deficit to tie the score on Luke Scott's two-run homer in the sixth. However, they collected only two hits in the remaining three innings.

Prized rookie catcher Matt Wieters had a triple in the fifth and a double in the sixth for Baltimore, which failed to capitalize on either. He had gone 0-for-4 in his major league debut on Friday.

"I don't think I ever envisioned a triple as my first hit," Wieters said.

Jeremy Guthrie started for the Orioles and struck out 10 in six innings. The loss went to Matt Albers (0-2) who gave up three runs in 1-1/3 innings.


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