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“I knew we were going to make a run, but it was a little too late,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. “We’ve got the first part of games down, and we’re doing well at the ends of games, but we’ve got to figure out how to hold our own in the middle. The starters have to get us deeper into games.”
Hunter hit a three-run double in the third, then added a two-run drive in the fifth for his second homer of the year.
“I think we’re a lot better than we’ve looked,” Norris said. “This has been tough, because we’ve been pitching in cold weather, and we started out against the world champs and then came to Detroit, and everyone knows what this team can do. You make a mistake against those guys, and you pay for it.”
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, and the three-time defending AL Central champions are off to a good start - although the Tigers nearly frittered this game away.
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.
“The momentum’s obviously swinging their way,” Nathan said. “Sometimes the hardest thing to do in those situations is stop the bleeding.”
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