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Prior to Tuesday night's contest, the Orioles had faced the Tigers' ace 12 times since 2006, but had not once delivered the right-hander a mark in the loss column. All that changed Tuesday, as the O's rocked Verlander for five runs in five innings on their way to a 5-2 victory over Detroit.
Early on it appeared as though Verlander was on his way to duplicating his winning performance against Baltimore from June 1 -- when he held the club to three runs over seven innings of work -- but J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones had other things in mind.
Hardy got things started for the Orioles in the fourth with a two-run blast -- his third against Verlander this season -- and Jones added the finishing touches with a three-run bomb in the fifth, ending Verlander's night at 102 pitches. Verlander now owns an 8-1 record against the O's in 13 starts, easily his best record against any American League team.