The Orioles fell to the Tigers 10-6 on Sunday afternoon, splitting the four-game set with Detroit.
It seemed like the Birds were pretty much conceding this game, resting key players for the final series against Boston. Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy, Mark Reynolds and Matt Wieters were all out of the lineup...
Brian Matusz looked better in his final start of 2011, but he still took the loss. Matusz (1-9) allowed six runs on seven hits (two homers) and three walks in five innings, fanning five. Brad Bergesen surrendered a three-run blast in the sixth, and the Tigers went deep once more in the eighth. Detroit launched four homers and scored nine of their ten runs via the long ball.
The Birds now head home to host the Red Sox for three games...the O's have no chance at the postseason, but will have a say in whether Boston goes or not.