Orioles can't solve Norris and absorb 6-1 loss to finish 7-game homestand



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BALTIMORE — With the exception of one mighty swing by Chris Davis, the Baltimore Orioles didn't do much right in the finale of an otherwise successful homestand.

The Orioles couldn't solve left-hander Daniel Norris in his Detroit debut, managing only four hits in a 6-1 loss to the Tigers on Sunday.

Norris (2-1) was obtained by the Tigers on Thursday in the deal that sent former Cy Young Award winner David Price to Toronto. Assuming the spot in the rotation held by Detroit's ace, the 22-year-old Norris shined in his seventh career start.

The only glaring flaw in his performance was Davis' 26th home run in the fourth inning.

"He was tough," Davis said. "He elevated his fastball just enough to where we really couldn't barrel him up, and he did his job."

Norris allowed one run, four hits and a walk in 7 1-3 innings — the longest outing of his career. The rookie hadn't started in the majors since April 30, and was 3-10 with a 4.27 ERA for Triple-A Buffalo this season.

"These are the type of guys you get back for David Price, OK?" Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He's got a chance to be a good pitcher for them. The guy they gave up is (good) right now. That's the way it works."

After scoring 20 runs in the first three games of the series, the Orioles went quietly against a team that apparently turned the page to next year by dealing Price, closer Joakim Soria and slugger Yeonis Cespedes before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline.

"Norris did a great job," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "I think he's going to be a very good pitcher, but when you lose guys like David Price and Soria, that's tough."

Despite the loss, Baltimore went 5-2 on a homestand that began with a sweep of the Atlanta Braves.

"If you go in there and ask our guys would they have taken that before we got here, no, they were shooting for all seven," Showalter said.

Perhaps, but Davis said, "It's big. It's good to have that momentum going to the West Coast."

Baltimore begins a nine-game trip Monday in Oakland.

Ubaldo Jimenez (8-7) gave up six runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings. He's 1-4 in his last six starts and has yielded at least six runs in three of his last four appearances.

J.D. Martinez homered on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the first after Jose Iglesias singled and Ian Kinsler walked. Martinez has 29 home runs this season, six more than his previous career high.

Davis got Baltimore to 3-1 with his fourth home run during the homestand.

Jimenez retired 12 straight batters following Martinez's home run. The streak ended with a fifth-inning double by Rajai Davis, and Anthony Gose followed with an RBI single. Iglesias hit a triple, and Kinsler chased Jimenez with a run-scoring single for a 6-1 lead.

Kinsler went 2 for 3 with a walk, his 40th multihit game of the season and fourth of the series. He went 12 for 17 in the four games.

STREAKY

Detroit: Kinsler has hit safely in 11 of his last 14 games, batting .443 over that span. He's hitting .347 (101 for 291) in 71 career games against the Orioles.

Baltimore: J.J. Hardy and newcomer Gerardo Parra both had their 15-game hitting streaks end.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Martinez started despite leaving in the third inning Saturday after fouling a ball off the inside of his left knee. "It's better today than it was yesterday," he said Sunday morning.

Orioles: Baltimore plans to recall Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk to start Monday night against Oakland in place of RHP Chris Tillman, who has a right ankle sprain. Jorge Rondon was optioned to Norfolk after the game.

ON DECK

Tigers: Detroit gets Monday off before opening a three-game series at home against the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals.

Orioles: Baltimore travels to the West Coast for the only time this season. After facing Oakland with trips to Anaheim and Seattle follow.

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