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Lopez pitches second career shutout

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Rodrigo Lopez put an appropriate finish on the
Baltimore Orioles' season-long domination of the Detroit Tigers.

Lopez pitched a three-hitter for his second career shutout, and
the Orioles completed their first season sweep of Detroit with a
5-0 victory Sunday.

Miguel Tejada homered and drove in three runs, and B.J. Surhoff
also connected for the Orioles, who went 6-0 against the Tigers in
2004 -- the first time in the 51 years that Baltimore has been in
the AL that the Orioles went unbeaten against Detroit.

"That's pretty impressive, no matter who you play," Baltimore
manager Lee Mazzilli said.

Baltimore outscored the Tigers 22-12 during a three-game sweep
in Detroit in May, then beat the Tigers by a combined 15-5 margin
in this weekend's sweep.

"The first time we played them in Detroit they waxed us,"
Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "This time was a little more
competitive. But the fact is, they're losses."

Lopez (14-8) struck out seven and walked none in winning his
fourth straight decision. He allowed only one runner past first
base in his first complete game of the season and fifth of his
career. His only other shutout came last September against Oakland.

"It just seemed like he was in complete control from start to
finish," Mazzilli said.

Lopez started the season in the bullpen, but eventually worked
his way back to the starting rotation and now leads the Orioles in
victories.

"I don't want to think anymore about the bullpen, just my job
as a starter. All of that is behind me," he said. "Today, all the
pitches worked pretty good. So far this is my best performance of
the year."

Detroit, which failed to score in the final 21 innings of the
series, has lost five straight and seven of eight. The Tigers have
been blanked five times this season, including twice in two days.

"Back-to-back shutouts; that's not what you're looking for,"
Trammell said. "We have a little gut-checking time right now."

Tejada hit a two-run homer and singled in a run in a two-run
eighth. His three RBI gave him a major league-leading 142 for the
season, tying the club record set by Rafael Palmeiro in 1996.

"He's just an amazing player," Mazzilli said.

Tejada hit a game-winning homer Friday night and drove in a run
Saturday in a 3-0 win before accounting for the majority of
Baltimore's offense Sunday.

"A little too much Miguel Tejada in this series," Trammell
said. "He's certainly an All-Star and an MVP candidate."

The Orioles' fourth straight win put them within six games of
.500 (74-80) for the first time since Aug. 20. They next play four
games at home against Toronto before closing the season with a
four-game series against Boston at Camden Yards.

Tejada got the Orioles started in the first inning with his 32nd
home run after Tim Raines Jr. hit a one-out double off Mike Maroth
(11-12).

Surhoff led off the second with his seventh homer for a 3-0
lead.

That was more than enough offense for Lopez, who allowed two
hits in the third and one in the sixth. His previous best
performance was a five-hitter, accomplished twice.

Maroth allowed five runs and nine hits in 7 2/3 innings.

Game notes
Tejada has hit in 13 straight games. ... Detroit's Brandon
Inge went 0-for-3 and is mired in an 0-for-13 slump. ... It was the
Tigers' second straight game without an extra-base hit and only the
third in their last 46. ... Baltimore 1B Jose Leon strained his
left calf running out a grounder and is probably done for the
season.