Wednesday baseball: Orioles at Detroit

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Orioles (45-61) at Detroit (55-50)

One night after Brian Matusz pitched the Orioles past the Tigers to provide the club a big lift and end a four-game losing streak, the O's meet the Tigers tonight in game three of this four-game series.

The series is even at a win each after Tuesday's 8-2 Baltimore victory. Matusz won his Major League debut, allowing one run and six hits over five innings. He threw 99 pitches.

The O's are 6-0 this season in games started by O's pitchers making their Major League debuts. The six hurlers are a combined 5-0, 2.61 in those games.

Nick Markakis and Cesar Izturis homered with 3 RBI each as the O's offense had a good night with 11 hits.

Over the last seven games, the Orioles have scored 42 runs and are batting .302 as a team with nine homers.

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Tonight, Jeremy Guthrie (7-10, 5.37) will pitch for Baltimore vs. Tigers' right-hander Edwin Jackson (7-5, 2.64) at 7:05 p.m.

Brian Roberts started last night's game with a double and would score on Markakis' single. It was Roberts' 10th double in the last 19 games and the 300th of his career.

Losing pitcher Jarrod Washburn gave up six runs over 5 1/3 innings last night. He entered the game with a record of 4-0 and ERA of 0.74 over his previous five starts. His ERA on the season was second best in the AL.

Even with the win, the O's have lost six of nine, 11 of 15 and 24 of 37 games. They are 5-13 since the All-Star break.

The Orioles are 17-35 on the road on the season.

With last night's loss, Detroit now leads the AL Central by just one game over Chicago and 2 ½ over Minnesota.

The Tigers have lost six of nine games and are 7-11 since the break. Detroit is 32-17 at home.

The Tigers lead the American League in home ERA at 3.52.

O's current hitting streaks:
*Brian Roberts - 8 games at 13-35, four doubles and 9 runs
*Nick Markakis - 7 games at 12-29 with one HR and 10 RBI
*Luke Scott - 5 games at 5-18
*Aubrey Huff - 3 games at 5-12 with 2 RBI

Other batting notes
Adam Jones has hit four homers his last nine games and six in 18 games......Cesar Izturis is 11 for 32 (.344) his last nine games......For Markakis, 13 of his last 29 hits have gone for extra bases.......Nolan Reimold has just one homer his last 27 games......Over 12 games, Matt Wieters is batting .349 (15 for 43) with 4 RBI.

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