The Orioles look to end a 14-game Sunday losing skid when they conclude a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards.
Since beating Seattle on April 6, the Orioles (47-49) have dropped 14 consecutive Sunday games - including three straight and five of the last six by one run. The major league record for consecutive losses on a specific day is 21 - the 1939 St. Louis Browns and 1890 Pittsburgh Innocents both did it on Tuesdays.
Baltimore, though, should have some momentum on its side following a rousing 11-10 victory in 10 innings on Saturday.
Luke Scott homered in the bottom of the 10th and the Orioles rallied from a six-run deficit to end a streak of nine straight one-run losses. They trailed 10-9 in the ninth before Ramon Hernandez led off the inning with a homer against Joel Zumaya.
Baltimore has come from behind in 29 of its 47 wins this season.
“People who have been watching the club all year have seen similar type events like this,” manager Dave Trembley said. “I tell you, every time it happens it just makes you a little more proud to be around these guys because they will not quit. They will not quit at all.”
Melvin Mora homered for the third consecutive game for Baltimore, which has won back-to-back contests for the first time since July 1-2.
Mora is 6-for-12 with three homers and seven RBIs in his last three games, while Scott has three homers and five RBIs in his last two contests.
Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in four runs for the Tigers (48-49), who fell to 41-2 when leading after eight innings.
“We get the benefit of looking at replay and he was clearly safe. That’s the breaks,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. “The umpire was right on top of the play and he just missed. But that doesn’t excuse blowing the lead like we did.”
Verlander (7-9, 4.15 ERA) will try to help the Tigers avoid a third straight loss. The Detroit ace, who opened this season 1-7, is 5-0 with a 2.54 ERA in his last seven outings and has won his last three starts.
He held an opponent to two runs for the fifth straight appearance Sunday, giving up four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in a 4-2 win over Minnesota.
Verlander has had little trouble in two career starts against the Orioles, limiting them to three runs and 10 hits over 13 1-3 innings while recording one win.
Brian Burres (7-5, 5.02) seeks his fourth straight winning decision for Baltimore. Despite a lofty ERA, the left-hander leads the team in wins and is 3-0 in six starts since losing to Boston on June 1.
He had his longest outing in eight appearances July 11 in a 7-3 victory at Fenway Park, yielding three runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings.