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Tigers Vs. Orioles: One Last Chance To Finish .500

(Sports Network) - The Baltimore Orioles try to end their season with a fifth consecutive win, as they wrap up their campaign against the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards.

On Saturday, Baltimore's Brian Matusz was sharp through six innings and Nick Markakis homered as the Orioles eked out a 2-1 win in the third installment of the four-game series.

Matusz (10-12) finished his first full season in the big leagues on a positive note after he yielded a lone run on only two hits while walking two and striking out a season-high nine to earn the win for the Orioles, who have taken the first three games of the series and will try for their first four- game home sweep of the Tigers since April 17-20, 1992 with a win today.

Although the Orioles will finish in last place in the American League East, their 34-22 mark since Buck Showalter took over as manager on Aug. 2 is the best mark in the division in that stretch.

Armando Galarraga (4-9) went the distance in defeat, allowing two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out seven for the Tigers, who suffered their sixth straight loss.

The Tigers have totaled 14 runs during their slide.

Hoping to reverse their fortunes this afternoon, the Tigers turn to lefty Phil Coke, who will make his first big league start. Coke is 7-5 with a 3.57 ERA in 73 appearances out of the bullpen this season.

For the Orioles, second-year righty Brad Bergesen can finish his season with three wins in his last four starts. The 25-year-old defeated Toronto and Boston in consecutive stars while allowing 12 hits and two runs in 15 innings.

He took a 5-0 loss at Tampa Bay in Sept. 28 - three days after turning 25.

In 48 career major-league outings, the California native has won 15 and lost 16 across 48 appearances - posting a 4.34 earned run average.

He's allowed an opposition batting average of .280.