BALTIMORE — Bud Norris silenced the Detroit Tigers’ bats early Monday night, but he left his longest outing of the season after hearing it from Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter.
The Baltimore Orioles right-hander’s night ended when he was ejected from the game after tempers flared and both dugouts and bullpens emptied when he hit Hunter with a pitch.
Norris had just allowed a two-run homer to Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, who took a second to watch the ball land in the left field seats, which served as an eighth-inning dagger in the Orioles’ 4-1 loss to the Tigers at Camden Yards.
Two pitches later, Norris hit Hunter with a 93-mph fastball on an 0-1 count.
Hunter took exception and started yelling to Norris on the mound. Replays showed Hunter launching an obscenity-laced tirade on Norris, including saying, “I will whoop your [butt].” Players and coaches came onto the field.
No punches were thrown, but when the field cleared, Norris was ejected from the game by home plate umpire James Hoye, and Hunter was still yelling emphatically toward the Orioles’ dugout.
Following a 35-minute rain delay before the game, Norris held the Tigers in check most of the night. He retired the first nine Detroit batters he faced, including one span where he struck out four straight.
Norris kept the Orioles within reach until allowing Kinsler’s homer with two outs in the eighth. Norris went 7 2 / 3 innings, allowing four runs and five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
The Orioles (20-16) remained in first place in the American League East, but they have won just three of 10 games against AL Central opponents this year.
The Tigers (22-12) came to Camden Yards with the AL’s best record, and leading the league in team batting average (.282), but they had lost three of their previous four games before Monday.