Save situation, no save.

Win situation, no win.

One out away from saving what would have been Max Scherzer's eighth win without a loss on Friday night, Jose Valverde's 2-1 fastball to Chris Dickerson didn't hit the spot Valverde wanted.

Nor did it land in the spot he wanted.

Walk-off home run, folks. That's what they look like; that's what they sound like - a celebration for the Orioles after a 7-5 victory, disappointment and a quiet clubhouse for the Tigers.

Even while sitting down, however, Valverde is a stand-up guy. He'd just turned a would-be victory into a loss by allowing two home runs and two singles in the ninth, but he didn't hide from the disappointment.

"I missed with some of my pitches," he said. "Everyone can have a tough day. Today was mine. It's over already, but I feel bad for Max."

In short, though, Valverde mangled a game that Scherzer turned over to him after the Tigers' starter retired the last 16 batters he faced.

"He was a little tentative at first," manager Jim Leyland said of Scherzer, "but got aggressive attacking them after that."

And while Valverde has been mostly good for the Tigers, he's not been back long enough for his reliability to get a true test.

For better or worse, he is the Tigers' closer, though - and this time, it wasn't better.

To Nick Markakis leading off the ninth, Valverde left a splitter up on a 0-2 count. Home run to right.

A 5-3 lead was now 5-4.

Singles by Adam Jones and Chris Davis followed. The Orioles now had runners at first and third with no outs.

Matt Wieters popped out to first. One out, but Valverde and the Tigers were still in a jam.

J.J. Hardy was a tougher out, forcing Valverde to throw six pitches instead of two, as he did to Wieters. But when Hardy popped out to short, the Tigers were an out away from winning.