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>>caption: J.D. (#28) AND V-MART
(R) EACH WENT DEEP<<
@ COMERICA PARK:
In a series dominated by the
longball, five more homers were
featured Thursday afternoon as
the Tigers took the rubber game
of the 3-game set with Baltimore
by a 6-5 score.
The teams combined for 14 homeruns in the series.
The Tigers were trailing 3-0/B-3rd when J.D. Martinez tied the contest
with one swat of the bat, blasting a 3rHR (#5, 3rd of series) to the CField
side of the visitors bullpen.
Victor Martinez crushed a 2rHR (#3, 2nd of series) well into the RCField
seats in the B-5th to put Detroit ahead a second time 5-4.
What proved to be the deciding run was scored later with 1-out in the
B-5th. Alex Avila sliced double to the LField wall that scored Justin Upton
The Orioles instantly went ahead in the T-1st on a Chris Davis 2rHR (#9,
3rd of series) to the tarp atop the RField tunnel.
The Birds also had solo shots by Adam Jones (#6) in the T-5th and Seth
Smith (#4) in the T-7th. Baltimore's other run was via Smith's RBI single
in the T-2nd.
Tiger starter Jordan Zimmermann scratched through 6-IP to give up
4-R/4-ER and get the win (4-2). Fourth Tiger pitcher Alex Wilson worked
a perfect T-9th for the save (#2).
O's RHP Dylan Bundy gave up a career-high 6-R/6-ER to take the
loss (5-2) in his 23rd big league start.
Two consecutive wins put the Tigers back over .500 again at 20-19.
BAL 5-8-0, 4-LOB (L) Bundy, 5-2
DET 6-8-0, 6-LOB (W) Zimmermann, 4-2; (S) A. Wilson, #2
J.D. Martinez was 4-for-7 with 3-HR & 8-RBI and 8-W/2-IW in the series.
Tiger 1Bman Miguel Cabrera missed a second consecutive game with
a strained left oblique. It's expected Miggy will be idled through the weekend.
Detroit DH Victor Martinez will miss the weekend series vs Texas. V-Mart
will be placed on the paternity list as his wife is expecting their third child,
RHP Buck Farmer will be recalled from Toledo to replace Victor Martinez
on the roster.
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