Series: Game 1 of 3

Baltimore leads 1-0 (as of 4/4)

Game 1: Monday, April 4
Game 2: Wednesday, April 6
Game 3: Thursday, April 7

Tigers 1

(1-3, 1-3 away)

Orioles 5

(4-0, 1-0 home)

3:05 PM ET, April 4, 2011

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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W: J. Arrieta (1-0)

L: R. Porcello (0-1)

Orioles edge Tigers, improve to 4-0

Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- For all the hype about the additions the Orioles made to their lineup during the offseason, the most productive player thus far is the one who's worn a Baltimore uniform the longest: leadoff batter Brian Roberts.

Roberts hit a three-run homer, Jake Arrieta allowed one run in six innings and the unbeaten Orioles thrilled a sellout crowd in their home opener by defeating the Detroit Tigers 5-1 Monday.

On a gorgeous afternoon at Camden Yards, Baltimore extended a surprising winning streak that began with a three-game sweep at Tampa Bay. Off to its best start since 1997, the Orioles (4-0) have not yet trailed, haven't given up more than one run in a game and have outscored the competition 17-4.

With the score tied at 1 in the fifth, Felix Pie walked and went to third on a double by J.J. Hardy before Roberts hit a 1-2 pitch from Rick Porcello (0-1) over the wall in right-center. Roberts has Baltimore's only two home runs this season and has a team-high eight RBIs.

Since making his debut with the Orioles in 2001, Roberts has never been a part of a winner. But he's played in two All-Star games and has built a reputation as one of the finest leadoff hitters in the game.

"Robby seems to have been able to dial up what was needed, whether it be a stolen base, a walk, whatever," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's got a feel for being able to challenge the moment. He's really had some big hits for us early in the year."

Roberts knows that a 4-0 start means little, but he wasn't going to downplay it, either.

"I don't think anybody's ever had a bad 4-0 start," he said. "It's been awesome. I certainly have been through a lot. We all know that. But with the expectations coming into this year, to still be able to go out there and do that, it's been great for us."

With a crowd of 46,593 looking on, the Orioles continued their solid play under Showalter. Baltimore went 34-23 after he took over last year, and the offseason acquisitions of Derrek Lee, Vladimir Guerrero, Hardy and Mark Reynolds have Orioles fans hopeful that the team's run of 13 straight losing seasons will end in 2011.

The players are starting to think that way, too.

"We're aware of the talent we have," Arrieta said. "If we go out there and pitch and keep our team in the game, it's only a matter of time before we put some runs on the board. Somebody's going to have the hot hand."

Arrieta (1-0) gave up six hits, walked two and struck out three. Orioles starters have allowed two runs in 26 innings, a 0.69 ERA.

After Roberts' homer, Nick Markakis got his third hit, a double, and Matt Wieters delivered a two-out RBI single for a 5-1 lead.

Jason Berken followed with two innings of one-hit relief and Koji Uehara pitched the ninth.

Will Rhymes drove in the lone run for the Tigers, who arrived after dropping two of three at Yankee Stadium. Detroit doesn't begin the home portion of its schedule until Friday.

Slugger Miguel Cabrera and reliever Brayan Villarreal played despite feeling ill.

"We just didn't do much offensively," manager Jim Leyland said. "Without making an alibi, we had two or three guys throwing up during the game, sick. ... I certainly don't want to downplay the fact their guy pitched good, I don't mean that. It was just a little rough for some of the guys."

Porcello yielded five runs, nine hits and a walk in five innings.

"He wasn't great, but he was OK," Leyland said.

Baltimore went up 1-0 in the second inning when Wieters hit a leadoff double and scored on Porcello's two-out wild pitch.

Detroit pulled even in the third. After Brandon Inge doubled and scored on a single by Rhymes, Cabrera flied out with two outs and runners at second and third.

The Tigers got only two runners in scoring position the rest of the way.

Game notes

Former Orioles manager Earl Weaver threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Showalter. ... RF Magglio Ordonez started for Detroit after missing Sunday's game with a sore right ankle. He snapped an 0-for-9 start with a fifth-inning single. ... Baltimore is 38-20 in home openers, including 5-0 against Detroit. ... Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was hospitalized Monday with a high fever and will be replaced by Brad Bergesen as the starter Wednesday.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Game Information

StadiumOriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
Attendance46,593 (101.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
Game Time2:37
Weather76 degrees, sunny
Wind4 mph
UmpiresHome Plate - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Jim Wolf

Research Notes

How Orioles starter Jake Arrieta beat the Tigers: Threw 34 off-speed pitches with effectiveness as the Tigers went 1-for-5. Last season, opponents hit .223 against Arrieta's off-speed pitches. Left-handed opponents hit .315 last season against Arrieta, but Monday he kept the Tigers at bay. Arrieta retired eight Tigers left-handers in 10 at-bats (.200).
Following up to the previous note about the Orioles starters, their overall pitching and defense is off to a historic start. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time in team history in which the Orioles have allowed one run or fewer in each of the first four games of a season.
From Elias: The Orioles starting pitching has been outstanding to start the season. In each of their first four games, their starting pitcher has gone at least six innings while allowing one run or fewer. That's the longest streak to start a season in Orioles franchise history. The last team to have their starters go at least six innings allowing one run or fewer in each of the first four games of a season was the 2007 Mets (Tom Glavine, Orlando Hernandez, John Maine and Oliver Perez) The last AL team to do this was the 1991 White Sox (Jack McDowelL, Greg Hibbard, Alex Fernandez, Jack McDowell again).

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