Selected by the Tigers in the sixth round of the 2005 amateur draft, Thomas played three seasons in the minor leagues before jockeying between Triple-A Toledo and Detroit last season. He couldn’t remember ever hitting two homers in one game.
“I don’t think I’ve ever done it in professional ball,” he said. “It’s there. It’s just a matter of getting it to show up. It showed up tonight.”
The defeat ended Baltimore’s five-game winning streak. The Orioles trailed 3-1 in the sixth before Scott hit his sixth home run in four games, a two-run drive that traveled an estimated 420 feet. The shot came on a 3-2 pitch from Verlander after he fouled off several tough pitches.
“The pitch I hit was a fastball, right down the middle,” Scott said. “It was probably the only mistake pitch I had all night.”
But Thomas quickly put Detroit back in front with his third homer of the season.
“Luke Scott is amazing,” Thomas said. “He ties it up and I end up hitting another one to give Justin the win. That made it even more special.”
Said Verlander: “I just gave him a big hard high five. Obviously that was the pivotal point in the game.”
Since returning from the disabled list Wednesday, Scott has gone 8-for-15 with 14 RBIs. He has five homers in his last three games, all against Detroit.
“I won’t be pitching to him with an open base (Sunday),” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “He’s really in a groove.”
Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie(notes) gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings. The right-hander matched his career high with 10 strikeouts, becoming the first Oriole to reach double figures since Erik Bedard(notes) against Texas on Aug. 21, 2007.
“I absolutely take that as a positive. It’s a sign of location, it’s a sign of movement, and that’s absolutely a positive for me, moving forward,” Guthrie said.
But the two homers he surrendered upped his season total to 13—second-most in AL and six more than any of his teammates.
Verlander allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out five, extending his AL-leading total to 90.
“Not the way I would have drawn it up. It wasn’t easy for me out there tonight, but my guys picked me up,” Verlander said.
In the bottom half, Baltimore got runners at the corners with two outs before Scott lofted a fly to center.
One inning later, Wieters got his first big-league hit—a triple to center — and scored on a single by Nolan Reimold(notes). The Orioles then loaded the bases with no outs before Adam Jones(notes) bounced into a 1-2-3 double play and Nick Markakis(notes) struck out on three pitches.
Baltimore finished 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
The last Baltimore player to homer in four straight games was Miguel Tejada(notes) in 2005. Scott is the 15th Oriole to do it. … Ordonez stretched his hitting streak to 16 games, four short of his career high. … Detroit’s Brandon Inge(notes) ended an 0-for-13 skid with a fourth-inning single.