FINAL: TIGERS 7, ORIOLES 5
The Tigers got two runs early and just like that, the teams left the field in Baltimore.
After a 35-minute rain delay, the Tigers came out and got solo home runs from Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton before the skies opened up again, sending the teams back to the clubhouse for another 70 minutes.
The first inning resumed when the teams got back on the field, and come the third inning, the Tigers bats got to Tillman for five more runs to take a 7-0 lead. The platoon of pitcher's out of the bullpen was able to hang on in a 7-5 win Thursday night, the Tigers third straight victory.
The offense didn't do much of anything against reliever Miguel Castro (6 IP, 1 H, 0ER, 1 BB, 2 K), as 15 Tigers hitters were set down in a row between the fourth and ninth innings.
Matt Boyd got off to a good start tonight, striking out the side in the first inning. Walks were a problem, though, as he issued four free passes and saw his pitch count balloon. He wasn't able to get out of the fifth inning, which allowed Warwaick Saupold to pick up the win.
In the ninth, Shane Greene worked a flawless frame to pick up his third save in as many nights.
Boyd's final line: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
Note: James McCann pushed his hitting streak to 13 games with a two-out single in the ninth inning.
Top 9th: Tigers 7, Orioles 5
Victor Martinez lined out to shortstop and Mikie Mahtook flew out to center field to leadoff the frame. James McCann was able to keep hit hit streak alive with a single to left field that pushes his career-high streak to 13. Jose Iglesias grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.
Bottom 8th: Tigers 7, Orioles 5
Tim Beckham drilled a solo home run to right field with one out in the eighth to cut the Tigers lead to 7-5.
The Tigers bats have been silent since the third inning, and at Camden Yards, no lead is ever safe. The Orioles are inching closer and closer to overcoming a 7-0 deficit.
Edward Mujica struck out Joey Rickard before giving up a single to Welington Castillo. With the tying run at the plate, Mujica struck out Craig Gentry to get out of the frame.
Chris Davis flew out to center field to leadoff the inning.
Top 8th: Tigers 7, Orioles 4
Justin Upton flew out to the wall in right center, Miguel Cabrera grounded out to shortstop and Nick Castellanos flew out to center field as Miguel Castro hasn't let a single Tigers hitter reach base since the fourth inning. Castro has retired 12 straight.
Bottom 7th: Tigers 7, Orioles 4
Craig Gentry led things off with a double to right center, and he was able to swipe third base before Warwick Saupold walked Adam Jones.
With runners on the corners, Brad Ausmus went to the bullpen and got Edward Mujica, who got Manny Machado to ground into a fielder's choice, scoring the run from third and cutting the Tigers lead to 7-4.
Jonathan Schoop ripped the first pitch from Mujica in the next at-bat, but it was right at Nick Castellanos, who gobbled it up at third base. Trey Mancini grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.
Top 7th: Tigers 7, Orioles 3
Jose Iglesias grounded out to third, Ian Kinsler grounded out to second and Jim Aducci grounded out to shortstop as the Tigers went down in order for the third consecutive inning against O's reliever Miguel Castro.
Bottom 6th: Tigers 7, Orioles 3
Tim Beckham notched a one-out single through the middle of the diamond, but Warwick Saupold bounced back to get out of the frame without any issues.
Joey Rickard flew out to left field and Welington Castillo grounded out to third to end the inning.
Chris Davis flew out to left field to leadoff the sixth.
Top 6th: Tigers 7, Orioles 3
Victor Martinez fouled out, Mikie Mahtook struck out swinging and James McCann lined out to shortstop.
Miguel Castro has kept Baltimore alive since he took over for starter Chris Tillman. He's thrown 54 pitches in four innings of relief. He's walked one and given up just one hit.
Bottom 5th: Tigers 7, Orioles 3
Adam Jones doubled to left field to leadoff the fifth, and after Manny Machado flew out to left field, Matt Boyd issued a walk to Jonathan Schoop.
Brad Ausmus had seen enough, making the move to the bullpen after Boyd's fourth free pass of the night.
That proved to be the right move. Warwick Saupold came on and got an inning-ending double play on the first pitch he threw.
Boyd left after throwing 91 pitches. He struck out six, walked four and gave up three runs on five hits.
Top 5th: Tigers 7, Orioles 3
Justin Upton grounded out to third, Miguel Cabrera grounded out to shortstop and Nick Castellanos flew out to center field as Baltimore reliever Miguel Castro finished off his third inning of solid relief.
Bottom 4th: Tigers 7, Orioles 3
The Orioles continued to chip away at the Tigers lead in the fourth inning, getting a sacrifice fly from Welington Castillo to cut the Baltimore deficit to 7-3.
Chris Davis walked and Tim Beckham doubled down the left field line to leadoff the frame. After Joey Rickard lined out to shortstop, Castillo delivered the RBI.
Boyd struck out Craig Gentry to get out of the inning with his sixth punch out of the night.
Top 4th: Tigers 7, Orioles 2
Jim Aducci worked a two-out walk, but it was all for naught as he was thrown out trying to steal second.
Jose Iglesias struck out swinging and Ian Kinsler grounded out to third to start the inning.
Bottom 3rd: Tigers 7, Orioles 2
Craig Gentry dropped down a bunt with one out to get the Orioles a man on base. Adam Jones worked a walk, and Gentry was able to swipe third without a throw. That proved to be big, as Manny Machado flew out to center field to score Gentry on a sacrifice fly and cut the Tigers lead to 7-1.
Jonathan Schoop followed that with a double to right center that made it 7-2.
Boyd notched his fifth strikeout of the night, getting Trey Mancini swinging to end the inning.
Welington Castillo flew out to center field to leadoff the frame.
Top 3rd: Tigers 7, Orioles 0
Jose Iglesias led things off with a single to left field, Ian Kinsler drew a walk and Jim Aducci did the same. Just when it looked like Chris Tillman would catch a break, a would-be double play ball off the bat of Justin Upton went through the legs of shortstop Tim Beckham, plating two more Tigers and pushing the lead to 4-0.
With men on first and second, Tillman threw a wild pitch to Miguel Cabrera to move both runners into scoring position. Cabrera drove in both with a double to right field that made it 6-0.
That was the end of the line for Tillman.
Miguel Castro got the call from the bullpen, and after Nick Castellanos flew out to left field, Victor Martinez dropped a single into right field. With runners on the corners, Mikie Mahtook flew out to right field to score Cabrera from third on a sacrifice fly and put the Tigers up 7-0.
Bottom 2nd: Tigers 2, Orioles 0
Chris Davis drew a leadoff walk, but Matt Boyd was able to dial it back in and set down the next two hitters before Davis was thrown out trying to steal second to end the frame.
Before that, Tim Beckham struck out swinging, and Joey Rickard flew out to right center.
Top 2nd: Tigers 2, Orioles 0
Victor Martinez legged out (I know, right?) a double to left field to leadoff the second. Mikie Mahtook notched an infield base hit that kept Martinez at second. With two men on and nobody out, James McCann grounded sharply to third, enabling Manny Machado to turn a 5-4-3 triple play that got starter Chris Tillman out of the inning.
Bottom 1st: Tigers 2, Orioles 0
Adam Jones dropped a leadoff single into right field. Matt Boyd picked up his first strikeout in the next at-bat when Manny Machado took a HUGE swing at a breaking ball down the middle, spun around violently and fell on his backside. It was hilarious. Jonathan Schoop was also fooled by a Boyd breaking ball, striking out swinging for the second out of the frame. Trey Mancini went down swinging at a high fastball.
Boyd is sharp early on...obviously.
Top 1st (resumed after rain delay): Tigers 2, Orioles 0
Chris Tillman came back from the rain delay after a rocky start and get Nick Castellanos to ground out to third to end the inning.
Tigers, O's ready to get back at it
The Tigers and Orioles are set to get things back underway at 8:55.
Top 1st: Tigers 2, Orioles 0
It didn't take long for the Tigers to shake off the rain delay.
Ian Kinsler took Chris Tillman deep to left field on the fourth pitch of the game for a leadoff home run that puts the Tigers up 1-0.
The dinger was Kinsler's 10th of the season.
Not to be outdone, Justin Upton hit a one-out solo shot to center field that pushed the Tigers lead to 2-0.
Miguel Cabrera struck out swinging, and that's when the skies opened up again, sending the game back into a rain delay just two outs into the contest.
Rain rain go away
Much like Metro Detroit, the weather outside is frightful in Baltimore. No word yet on when the Tigers and O's will lace em' up and get down to business tonight. Stay with The Detroit News for updates.
TIGERS AT ORIOLES
First pitch: 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Camden Yards, Baltimore
TV/radio: Fox Sports Detroit/97.1 FM
Standings: The Tigers are 49-57, fourth place in the American League East, 8.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians, six games behind a wild-card spot. The Orioles are 53-54, fourth place in the AL East, 5.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox, and 2.5 games behind a wild-card spot.
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Jim Adduci, RF
3. Justin Upton, LF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
6. Victor Martinez, DH
7. Mikie Mahtook, CF
8. James McCann, C
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
SP: Matt Boyd, LHP
1. Adam Jones, CF
2. Manny Machado, 3B
3. Jonathan Schoop, 2B
4. Trey Mancini, DH
5. Chris Davis, 1B
6. Tim Beckham, SS
7. Joey Rickard, RF
8. Welington Castillo
9. Craig Gentry, LF
SP: Chris Tillman, RHP