DETROIT -- It's a shame the Detroit Tigers' offense missed a perfectly good pitching performance by David Price. The Tigers were one-hit for eight innings by Baltimore Orioles' starter Chris Tillman, the lone hit belonging to Ian Kinsler, who led off the game with one. A walk by Victor Martinez after Kinsler would be it, as the Tigers went on to lose 3-0 to the Orioles, evening the series.
Price was right. The Tigers' offense, however, was all wrong. They had just one hit and a walk through seven innings. Chris Tillman retired 23 straight batters since the one-out walk in the first and Zach Britton closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth for 26 straight. The Tigers struck out 10 times, J.D. Martinez accounting for two of those -- both swinging. Several outs were recorded on either the first, second, or third pitch. Too many innings ended quickly. There was no patience at the plate for Detroit.
It's a shame, too, with Price doing what he did on the mound. He had to fight through the Orioles' lineup for most of the night. He had just two 1-2-3 innings. Yet, he struck out a dozen batters and held the Orioles to 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. They left six on-base. Price was outstanding on the mound and he made it through seven solid innings, with just one measly walk and one run allowed.
David Price: Had to work to get his outs, what with the Orioles being pesky and all. But he got his outs regardless. He gave up just one run, a solo home run to Manny Machado in the third inning. Despite six hits, Price stranded six and struck out 12 batters.
Tigers offense: One hit and a walk in the first inning. Against Tillman. Through nine innings, nothing else. Yup.
Bruce Rondon: Not sure what Ausmus was expecting, but it wasn't pretty. He allowed four hits and two runs, including two doubles.
STREAKS AND STATS:
- The Tigers are now 18-5 when David Price starts a game.
- David Price struck out his 10th batter of the game to end the fourth inning, marking the 28th time in his career he's struck out 10 or more batters. It's the third time he's done so this season, his last occurring on June 6 against the White Sox at Chicago.
- David Price struck out his 12th batter in the sixth, matching his season-high 12 strikeouts in a game. His last was on May 21 in a 6-5 win against the Houston Astros.
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