Instead, he focused on the final result: another Tigers' victory.
The Tigers have won 12 of their last 15 games, including eight in a row on the road.
Baltimore has lost four straight.
Verlander (5-2) allowed a season-high five runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks in six innings.
He still improved to 7-0 in eight outings at Camden Yards. But it was the first time in 15 games a Detroit starter allowed more than three runs.
“Winning as a team is all that matters,” Verlander said. “Obviously, today was a great team effort. Our boys put up a bunch of runs.”
Davis hit his third home run of the season and had two RBIs.
Adam Jones went 3 for 5 with an RBI and extended his hitting streak to nine games.
“We’re not going to focus on what happened in bad situations,” Cruz said. “We’re going to focus on whatever we did good on a daily basis, and that can get you going through the season.”
Staked to a 6-0 lead, Verlander was cruising until the fifth, when he allowed five runs with two outs. He gave up consecutive RBI singles to Jones and Chris Davis before Cruz’s three-run homer to left cut the deficit to 6-5.
“In the American League, no lead seems to be safe,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.