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Stuck without a rested starting pitcher because Detroit played doubleheaders on Wednesday and Friday, Leyland called upon Coke, whose previous 157 appearances in the major leagues came out of the bullpen.

Coke gave up five hits, two runs and a walk in 1 2-3 innings. He was the first of six Detroit pitchers.

Daniel Schlereth (2-0) pitched 3 1-3 shutout innings and Jose Valverde worked the ninth for his 26th save.

And so, the Tigers got the victory they so deeply coveted.

“Everyone that went out there kind of had it on their mind that this is the last day,” Inge said. “Can it kill you to play as hard as you can and try to get a win on the last day and salvage what you can and make it respectable?”

The Orioles got a first-inning run when Robert Andino led off with a double and scored on a single by Luke Scott.

A run-scoring single by Markakis in the second made it 2-0 and chased Coke, who allowed six of the 11 batters he faced to reach base.

Bergesen allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings.

“Bergy pitched well, well enough to win a baseball game,” Showalter said. “He’ll win his share like that.”

Notes: It isn’t often that an umpire receives an ovation from the crowd, but Jerry Crawford was cheered by the fans when introduced before his final regular-season game over a 34-year career. … The biggest cheer from the crowd of 23,914 came when the scoreboard posted the final NFL score of the Ravens’ 17-14 win over Pittsburgh … Peralta’s fifth-inning single snapped an 0-for-11 slump. … Scott walked three times and picked up his second steal of the season. … It was only the second time in Tigers history they finished at .500. The other time was 1958.