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No sweep for Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles in 8-1 loss as Jordan Lyles throws CG

Jordan Lyles of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022.

A frustrated Matt Manning pounded the baseball into his glove and tossed the rosin bag.

He walked Terrin Vavra, the leadoff man in sixth inning, on seven pitches. Two batters later, Kyle Stowers crushed a two-run home run to center field to put the Baltimore Orioles ahead by five runs, and Manning hung his head as he returned to the mound. He then issued his fifth walk of the night on six pitches, which forced manager A.J. Hinch to the mound.

Manning’s outing ended after 102 pitches, only 58 strikes and 5⅓ innings.

The 24-year-old right-hander had a few strong moments throughout Wednesday’s series finale but wasn’t sharp at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Detroit Tigers lost, 8-1, and failed to sweep the series after winning the first two games.

Jordan Lyles of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022.

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The Tigers (57-92), as has been the case so many times this year, failed to produce at the plate. Orioles right-hander Jordan Lyles, who entered with a 4.70 ERA in 29 starts, carved up his opponents in his 30th appearance.

He gave up three hits — without a walk — and recorded six strikeouts across nine innings of one-run ball, lowering his ERA to 4.50. It marked Lyles’ first complete game since Sept. 30, 2012, as a member of the Houston Astros. The 31-year-old accomplished the feat on 94 pitches, of which 72 went for strikes.

Kerry Carpenter singled in the first inning and Harold Castro, to snap a 0-for-22 streak, singled in the second inning.

After Castro’s single, Lyles retired the next 14 batters before Carpenter, a left-hander, stepped into the batter’s box with one out in the seventh. He tagged a two-strike fastball that leaked over the middle of the plate for an opposite-field solo home run.

Carpenter put the Tigers on the scoreboard with his sixth homer in 28 games, but they still trailed 5-1. The 2019 19th-round pick tied Spencer Torkelson (99 games) as the Tigers’ leader in home runs by a rookie; Riley Greene (in 81 games) is sitting on five.

Lyles, a 12-year MLB veteran, mixed six pitches in his dominant performance: 27 sliders, 19 four-seam fastballs, 18 sinkers, 12 curveballs, 12 cutters and six changeups. He got 10 swings and misses and 21 called…

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