DETROIT — Chris Tillman gave up only one run in a second straight start.
This time, he had something to show for it.
Tillman outpitched Justin Verlander while working into the ninth inning, helping the Baltimore Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 Sunday to avoid getting swept.
"Some guys see Verlander in the opposite slot and they shy away," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "Tillman takes that as a challenge."
Tillman (1-0) gave up five hits, including Torii Hunter's solo homer in the fourth. The right-hander was thankful to match a career-high 8 1-3 innings after missing some spots he was targeting.
"I know I got away with a couple of pitches," Tillman said. "I tried to go down and away, but I missed up."
Tommy Hunter replaced Tillman with one out in the ninth and Victor Martinez on second base and retired the last two batters for his second save. When Baltimore opened with a 2-1 win against Baltimore, Tillman allowed one run over five innings and didn't factor in the decision.
Baltimore, which had lost four straight since beating the Red Sox, handed baseball's last undefeated team its first setback of the season.
The Orioles had shortstop J.J. Hardy in the lineup, but scratched him because he had back spasms during batting practice.
"Frankly, it's not much better now," Showalter said.
Before the game, Showalter said Verlander has become better because he's more of a pitcher and less of a hard-throwing righty that he used to be.
Verlander (0-1) gave up two runs on five hits and two walks over eight innings. He struck out three, moving past Tommy Bridges and into fourth place on the franchise's all-time list with 1,674 in his career, but isn't pleased with that part of facet of his game after fanning just two in his first start.
"You get a feel for strikeouts and my feel for those isn't there yet," Verlander said. "I'm not executing as well as I should or maybe over-trying a little bit with two strikes and hanging stuff."
Adam Jones drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth with a sacrifice fly after Nick Markakis tripled.
Baseball's replay system was temporarily unavailable early in the game for the Tigers. Both managers were informed of the technical difficulty during the first inning and it was repaired after a half-inning, Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said.
The Tigers scored 17 runs and had 30 hits in the previous two wins against Baltimore, but were kept quiet at the plate in the series finale.
"Bats cooled a little bit, but I think that had more to do with Tillman than anything else," Ausmus said after his first loss.
The Orioles stay on the road to play the New York Yankees on Monday afternoon.