After allowing 10 ER over his previous two starts, Jeremy Guthrie finished his 2010 season with a flourish tonight, pitching eight shutout innings as the Orioles beat Detroit, 2-1, to sweep a doubleheader at Camden Yards.
With the win the O’s are 65-95 and now have one more win than the 2009 Orioles.
Guthrie was in command throughout, giving up just two singles, one to Ryan Raburn in the 2nd and to Will Rhymes in the 5th.
He had never pitched a complete-game shutout in the Majors, but after 108 pitches through eight, Koji Uehara came on in the 9th to get the save. He allowed a two-out, solo homer to Don Kelly.
After winning just three of his first 19 starts this year, Guthrie went 8-4, 2.86 over his final 13 starts. He threw 209 1/3 innings after throwing exactly 200 a year ago. He is 11-14, 3.83 on the season.
On the night, Guthrie and game one starter Chris Tillman combined to pitch 15 innings, allowing just one run on five hits.
Nick Markakis hit his 11th homer of the year, a solo shot on an 0-2 pitch from Rick Porcello leading off the 3rd to give the O’s a 1-0 lead.
The O’s made it 2-0 in the 7th. Robert Andino led off with a single to left and later scored on a Julio Lugo single to left center. The Orioles had 13 hits in the game with 12 singles.
Porcello gave up 12 hits and two runs over 6 1/3 innings to fall to 10-12, 4.92.
The Orioles won the doubleheader opener 10-6 as Adam Jones drove in four runs and Chris Tillman gave up just one run and three hits over seven innings.