Tigers-Orioles Preview

The Associated Press

A dramatic home run from the two-time reigning AL MVP helped the Detroit Tigers keep their road winning streak intact.

Pitching in Baltimore, 2011 MVP Justin Verlander should give the Tigers a strong chance to extend that run and sweep the Orioles there for the first time since 2005.

The right-hander looks to remain undefeated at Camden Yards while trying to help the Tigers to an eighth consecutive road victory Wednesday.

Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning Tuesday to lead Detroit (23-12) to a 4-1 victory over Baltimore. Victor Martinez followed with a solo shot as the Tigers improved to 10-4 away from home.

''It's a chance that we win or we're going to lose," said Cabrera, who is 7 for 17 (.412) with two homers and eight RBIs in the last five games. "You don't have to think too much of it. You've got to go out there and try and see what happens.''

Detroit has not won eight straight on the road since May 10-25, 2006.

Cabrera is batting .420 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs during a 13-game hitting streak at Baltimore.

Perhaps the best of Verlander's eight starts this season came during a 3-1 home loss to Baltimore on April 6 when he gave up two runs and five hits in eight innings.

Verlander (4-2, 2.67 ERA) is 2-2 with a 4.13 ERA in seven home starts against the Orioles (20-17), but 6-0 with a 2.29 ERA in seven at Camden Yards. The Tigers have given him an average 6.35 runs of support in those outings at Camden.

Though Verlander has a 3.43 ERA during three road starts this season, he's gone 2-0 in those contests. He had won four straight decisions overall before allowing two seventh-inning runs in a 2-1 loss to Minnesota on Friday.

Adam Jones is 4 for 30 (.133) with a double and a home run against Verlander, but went deep Tuesday and is batting .333 (11 for 33) with four homers and seven RBIs in the last eight contests.

Teammate Chris Davis went hitless in four at-bats Tuesday and is 2 for 12 with five strikeouts in three games since missing a little more than two weeks with an oblique strain. He's 4 for 21 with no extra-base hits and 10 strikeouts versus Verlander.

Among the Orioles' top prospects, Kevin Gausman will make his season debut Wednesday as the club decided to push back Wei-Yin Chen back one day. Gausman, who endured a bout with pneumonia this season, went 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Norfolk.

"I've felt for a while that I could go 90-100 pitches," Gausman told the Orioles' official website. "I feel good physically. And more than anything, that's probably most important. I think part of the reason I was kind of held back a little bit was because I was just coming off the DL. They wanted to make sure everything was OK."

During his first major league season in 2013, the right-hander made 20 appearances and went 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA in five starts. However, the best of those starts came against the Tigers on June 2 when he allowed a homer and four other hits over six innings in a Baltimore victory.

Cabrera went 0 for 3 with a strikeout against Gausman while Torii Hunter was 2 for 3.

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