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@ COMERICA PARK:
Two Tiger miscues and a bit
of backfired strategy helped the
Orioles score a pair of runs in the T-8th to snap a 3-all tie and go on to beat the
Tigers 6-3 Friday night.
The loss in the opener of a 3-game weekend series halted Detroit's 3-game
win streak and dropped the Tigers back to the .500-mark at 71-71.
Back in the line-up after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday, but still
feeling the effects of his left biceps tendinitis, Miguel Cabrera supplied all
the Tiger tallies. Cabrera stroked an RBI-2B for a 1-0/B-1st Detroit lead.
Cabrera then tied the contest 3-all/B-6th with a 2rHR (#34) that bounced off
the LField visitors bullpen dugout some 382-feet away from home plate.
When the Tigers threatened to go ahead in the B-7th, Cabrera was walked
Much was made of the "reunion" of Armando Galarraga and umpire Jim Joyce
for the first time since the imperfect/perfect game of June 2ND. Joyce, who
made the mistake call at 1Base just over three months ago, was behind home
plate with Galarraga on the mound Friday. However, Galarraga was gone by the
time Baltimore rallied and the Detroit RHander took his 1th no-decision in 20
big league starts this season.
Galarraga had to watch helplessly from the bench as the O's scored three times
in the last two frames off a trio of Detroit relievers.
Phil Coke came on in the T-8th and retired the first man he faced, but Ty
Wigginton singled off Coke's foot. Nick Markakis singled to CField and Tiger Austin
Jackson bobbled the ball, allowing slow-footed Wigginton to reach third. At that
point pinch-runner Julio Lugo went in to run for Wigginton. Markakis moved up
to second on a Coke wild pitch. Tiger-Killer Luke Scott was intentionally walked
to load the bases and set up a force play. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters then came
up and the switch-hitter had to swing around to bat RHanded against southpaw Coke.
Wieters just missed a Grand Slam, sending a sac-fly to just in front of the RField wall
that scored Lugo and made it 4-3. Robbie Weinhardt replaced Coke (L, 7-5) on the hill
and Adam Jones first-pitch singled to plate Markakis and put the score at 5-3.
The Birds added an insurance marker in the T-9th. Jake Fox, who'd earlier clubbed
a 2rHR (#7) to give the O's a 3-1/T-5th lead off Galarraga, led-off the T-9th with a
double to the LField corner off Weinhardt. Daniel Schlereth replaced Weinhardt and
Corey Patterson pinch-ran for Fox. Caesar Izturis was safe on a fielder's choice play
to put runners at the corners when Cabrera's throw to third was late. Brian Roberts
then brought in Patterson with a sac-fly to LField for the 6-3 final.
Baltimore's other run came on a T-2nd double play grounder.
Galarraga threw strikes early with 33 of his first 45 pitches in the first 4-INN
over the plate. In 7-IP Galarraga tossed 103-pitches/67-strikes to allow 3-R/3-ER on
just 4-H , 2-W and 1-BP with 2-K.
Baltimore starter Kevin Milwood also exited one frame to soon to get a decision.
Millwood went 6-IP, 106-pitches/62-strikes to scatter 8-H & 1-W with 3-K plus 2-WP
to yield 3-R/2-ER.
First Orioles reliever David Hernandez wiggled out of a jam in the B-7th to get
credit for the win (6-8). Third O's bullpenner Koji Uehara pitched a perfect B-9th with
1-K to earn the save (#8).
The Tigers had the first chance to break the tie in the B-7th when Jackson led-off
with a triple past O's LFielder Felix Pie. Jackson advanced no further with Hernandez
recording 2-K and a popout to SStop Izturis near the LField line behind 3Base as well
as handing Cabrera his AL-leading 30th intentional pass (three shy of the league record).
Detroit also wasted a golden opportunity with the game knotted 1-1 in the B-4th when
Damon singled and advanced to third on a double to RField by Ryan Raburn. That put two
men in scoring position with only 1-out, but the Tigers came up empty.
The Tigers went just 1-for-10 with RISP.
Fox was 2-for-4 as the only Oriole with multiple basehits.
Jackson went 3-for-5, Cabrera 2-for-3 and Raburn 2-for-4 for the Tigers.
The victory was the first by Baltimore in four meetings with Detroit this year.
BAL 6-8-1, 5-LOB (W) D. Hernandez, 6-8; (S) Uehara, #8
DET 3-10-1, 9-LOB (L) Coke, 7-5
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "You can't win games up here playing the way we played.
We just didn't play a good ballgame."
TIGERS SP ARMANDO GALARAGA: "I didn't think I was super good, but I wasn't bad, either.
I mainly just made one bad pitch on Fox's home run...It was a changeup high, and I paid
TIGERS CF AUSTIN JACKSON: "I made a key error that was a turning point in the game.
I just tried to get too quick with the ball."
ORIOLES 1B JAKE FOX: "I don't know what it is about this place, but I've always seen the
ball well here."
O's MGR BUCK SHOWALTER: "We were trying to pitch around [Cabrera] and he still had
three RBIs. And it isn't like he was just having a hot night -- he's done that against everyone
Damon walked to lead-off the B-6th and scored when next batter Cabrera homered,
but Damon's run was unearned. That's because Damon received his free pass after
CA Wieters failed to catch Damon's easy foul popup behind the plate for an error.
Cabrera's homerun was his first since AUG 28TH.
Coke has lost four of his last five decisions.
The Orioles have won the opening game of a series in 10 of 12 sets since Buck
Showalter became Baltimore's third skipper this year. The Birds are 22-14 under
Showalter while only 54-87 overall.
Former Michigan Wolverine Fox has 2-HR in 5 games vs Detroit this year and 5-HR in
his other 63-GP between Oakland and Baltimore. Five of his seven dingers have come in
29 contests for the Orioles.
Baltimore's Brandon Snyder entered the game as a defensive replacement for Fox at
1Base in the B-9th. It was Snyder's MLB debut.
Fox is 5-for-7 lifetime vs Galarraga after going 1-for-3 (homer) Friday.
Sidelined since AUG 17TH with a deep left knee contusion and with continuing soreness
in the knee, DLed Tiger 2Bman Carlos Guillen is tentatively scheduled for a diagnostic
surgical procedure on the knee SEPT 17TH. A full recovery by spring training 2011 is
Saturday night's probable pitchers for the middle game of the series are RHP Max
Scherzer (10-9, 3.51) of the Tigers and RHP Jeremy Guthrie (9-13, 3.89) for the Birds.
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