The only team that can still make goofy statements like this.
“Hopefully we go 162-0,” the always-upbeat Hunter said. “It would be awesome.”
Hunter homered and drove in five runs, and the Tigers withstood a five-run ninth inning by Baltimore to beat the Orioles 7-6 on Saturday. Joe Nathan got the final two outs for his first save with Detroit, retiring Chris Davis on a flyout with two on to end it.
“I like this ballclub,” Hunter said. “You talk about a very athletic team, doesn’t strike out much at all, and will make good contact. We’ve got some guys that have professional at-bats.”
Steve Lombardozzi singled to deep right to load the bases, and pinch-hitter Steve Clevenger’s double made it 7-5. David Lough brought home another run with a grounder to shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who threw wide of first for an error.
Bud Norris (0-1) allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings, and the Orioles lost their fourth straight.
Detroit’s Brad Ausmus became the first manager in more than a decade to begin his career with four straight wins, according to STATS. Clint Hurdle of Colorado and Jerry Royster of Milwaukee both did it in 2002.
Ausmus took over for Jim Leyland after last season.