DETROIT, SEPT. 29 -- It was a lightning-quick ride back to reality tonight for the Baltimore Orioles, who followed up a two-game winning streak by getting pounded by the Detroit Tigers, 10-1, before 16,882.
Not that it was without another milestone. The Tigers collected 13 hits off five Baltimore pitchers and two of the hits were Bill Madlock's 14th home run this American League season and Chet Lemon's 19th.
Those were Nos. 219 and 220 hit against Orioles pitching this year, tying the all-time record for home runs allowed in a season. The only other major league team to allow 220 home runs was the 1964 Kansas City A's, and the Orioles (65-92) have five games to make the record their own.
It was also a memorable night for the Tigers, who climbed back within 1 1/2 games of first-place Toronto in the East Division. A night earlier, they looked like a dying team, having watched ace starter Jack Morris get kicked around by the Orioles in a 3-0 Baltimore victory that helped the Blue Jays' magic number drop to four.
It remained at four tonight because of Toronto's second straight loss to Milwaukee, the Blue Jays' third straight loss overall -- each one at home. So the Tigers are assured the division can't be clinched before Friday night.
That's when the Tigers and Blue Jays begin a three-game series at Tiger Stadium and, as Detroit Manager Sparky Anderson said, "It's got to come back here now. That's what we were wanting. We're feeling pretty good about ourselves right now."
The Tigers have got to be feeling wonderful. Not only did Toronto lose catcher Ernie Whitt (rib injury), but the Tigers appear to have one more starting pitcher back in form.
Frank Tanana (14-10) won for the first time in nine starts with his second straight strong outing, and at the age of 34, has proved that his big league obituary may yet be premature. He gave up three hits in eight innings tonight, allowing only a Lee Lacy homer.
The only other Oriole base runners were Ray Knight, who singled in the second; Pete Stanicek, who doubled in the third, and Knight, who walked in the fourth. Lacy homered in the fifth, and the Orioles' final 15 went down in order.
Tanana pitched seven shutout innings in a start at Toronto last weekend after a layoff for ineffectiveness and so has allowed one earned run in his last 15 innings. The Tigers have got their pitching set up perfectly for this weekend, with both Doyle Alexander and Morris pitching the first two games on four days rest and Tanana scheduled to go Sunday.
Tanana was magnificent this night, baffling the Orioles on 80-mph change-ups, fastballs, curveballs and screwballs. He probably didn't throw any one pitch 85 mph, but he also didn't throw any two pitches the same speed.
"I knew I'd eventually come out of it," Tanana said. "I've been through it so many times before, I knew I'd get straightened out. When you've been through it before, you know you can turn it around in one turn. It was a couple of mechanical problems, and I feel real comfortable now."
He was talking in a clubhouse that was as quiet in victory as many are in defeat. Emotion?
"I don't think we're very emotional no matter what happens," he said. "We've been very businesslike all year and maybe that's the way to be. I actually prefer a little more emotion, but that's just me."
Meanwhile, it was more of the same for the Orioles. Starter Eric Bell (9-13) allowed five runs in three innings and was followed by four relievers, who weren't much better.
"It was the same thing as before," Bell said. "I started off good, then was fighting everything. Every pitch I throw is up in the strike zone, and that's a problem I've never had before. The pitch to Lemon was up in his eyes, a terrible pitch."
Madlock started the rout in the first inning with his 14th homer -- his fifth against the Orioles. It went to 2-0 in the third when Jim Walewander beat out a bunt single, Tom Brookens walked and Madlock singled to left.
Bell was around for only one more inning, facing three hitters in the fourth. He walked Larry Herndon, Darrell Evans beat out a bunt single and Bell challenged Lemon with an eye-level fastball.
Lemon hit a towering homer to left for a 5-0 lead, the record-tying 220th homer against the Orioles this year.
Luis DeLeon got the Tigers out in the fourth, but was gone quickly in the fifth. With one out, Alan Trammell extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a double to left. Scott Lusader walked, and left-hander Mike Kinnunen was brought in to face left-hand-hitting Evans.
Evans ripped a single to center to score Trammell and Lemon singled to right to score Lusader for a 7-0 lead. End of Kinnunen's night.
Tony Arnold got out of the fourth, but then got himself into trouble in the sixth. Walewander tripled and scored when third baseman Rene Gonzales made an error on a Madlock grounder.
Madlock went to second and Gibson was intentionally walked. Trammell singled to center and Mark Williamson came in to get Lusader on a sacrifice fly to center and Evans on a ground ball to second.
With an early lead, Tanana retired his last 12 Orioles in a row after Lacy's homer. Anderson then turned it over to former Oriole Nate Snell, who pitched the ninth.
"Tanana pitched very well," Orioles Manager Cal Ripken Sr. said. "We're going to come out and go right back at it again. It'll be 0-0. They don't get any carryover."