DETROIT — The majority of the Orioles had very little sleep overnight, with a flight that didn’t leave Baltimore until after 1 a.m. Friday and an arrival at their hotel occurring around 4 in the morning.
That can explain, at least partially, why the Orioles’ offense sleepwalked through most of Friday’s 10-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers, the Orioles’ third consecutive defeat since winning on opening day.
Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, though, didn’t have the same excuse for his lackluster performance.
Gonzalez was sent to Detroit a day ahead of his team and then departed Friday’s game much earlier than he or the Orioles (1-3) would have liked.
The 29-year-old right-hander lasted just 31 / 3 innings and gave up a career-high-tying seven earned runs.
With the Orioles leading 2-0 in the second, Gonzalez surrendered the lead by allowing three runs on two doubles, a single, a walk and two hit batsmen.
The game, which started 10 minutes late due to rain, was postponed for 34 minutes in the bottom of the fourth with two runners on and no outs. Gonzalez, who had 61 pitches at that point, came back after the delay and immediately gave up a three-run homer to Rajai Davis. Torii Hunter followed two batters later with a solo shot, chasing Gonzalez.
Gonzalez had hit Davis and Hunter in their previous at-bats.
The Tigers (3-0) scored three more times, including a two-run homer in the eighth by Cabrera — the 2,000th hit of his career.
Chris Davis had a two-run double in the first against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez. Steve Clevenger and Jonathan Schoop had RBI hits in the ninth.
— Baltimore Sun
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