Johnson, who was 8-8 with a 4.26 ERA at the beginning of July, has gone 0-6 since, watching his ERA rise to 5.02. The right-hander didn’t made it out of the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, as he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Tim Tschida after surrendering four runs and six hits over 4 2-3 innings.
“I don’t know why he threw me out,” said Johnson, who did not receive a decision in the Tigers’ 9-8 loss. “I walked back to the mound and he shook his head and raised his hand. I did the same thing to him he did to me. If that’s cause to throw me out, that’s new to me. I didn’t say anything directed to him at all.”
Johnson has been pounded for 24 runs over 19 2-3 innings in his last four starts, and is winless since a 3-2 victory over the White Sox on June 29.
The Tigers have lost five of six, including Wednesday’s 7-6 setback to Cleveland as Detroit squandered a big lead for the second straight night at Comerica Park.
“We’re just having trouble holding teams down right now, especially out of the pen,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “I don’t like to see that.”
The Orioles come home after spending four days in Boston trying to play spoiler in the AL East race. Baltimore earned a split of the series with Thursday’s 9-7 victory, dropping the Red Sox 4 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East.
David Newhan caught David Ortiz’s bid for a game-winning three-run homer in front of the warning track in right for the final out, denying the Red Sox a third consecutive walk-off win. The Orioles took the series opener 9-6 on Monday, and will host Boston for four more games to conclude the regular season.
Miguel Tejada hit a three-run homer for Baltimore, which has won five of eight.
The Orioles swept a three-game series in Detroit from May 28-30.