Live Tigers blog: Tigers lose 13-11 marathon in 13 to O's

Al Willman
The Detroit News
Tigers' Justin Upton, left, celebrates with J.D. Martinez after Martinez's grand slam in the seventh inning to give the Tigers a 8-7 lead. Detroit Tigers vs Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park in Detroit on May 16, 2017. 
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The Tigers missed several opportunities in their 13-11, 13-inning loss to the Orioles on Tuesday (into Wednesday).

The Tigers came back from a 7-1 deficit to take an 8-7 lead on J.D. Martinez's grand slam with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh.

Justin Wilson got the last out of the eighth and the first two of the ninth, before giving up a solo home run to Mark Trumbo to tie the game at 8.

The Tigers then left the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th, before giving up three runs in the top of the 12th, but then scored three more in the bottom of the 12th to tie the game at 11.

But Francisco Rodriguez gave up a 2-run home run to Chris Davis in the top of the 13th, putting the Orioles back ahead.

Ian Kinsler singled with two out in the bottom of the 13th, but was stranded when Andrew Romine grounded out to second base to end the game.

After going up 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Matthew Boyd was charged for seven runs in the top of the third and left with one out in the inning.

The Tigers scored three in the bottom of the third, on home runs from Victor Martinez (2-run) and J.D. Martinez (solo), to cut into the Orioles' lead.

Left-hander Chad Bell came on, pitching four scoreless innings and scattering three hits, while striking out three and walking one.

Both teams continue their three-game series tomorrow at 7:10. Michael Fulmer (4-1, 2.54 ERA) will pitch for the Tigers, while Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1, 6.15 ERA) will go for the O's.

O's go back up in 13th

You almost saw it coming.

Francisco Rodriguez, after allowing a leadoff double to Mark Trumbo in the top of the 13th, threw a wild pitch that allowed Trumbo to take third. Then, Chris Davis hit a long 2-run home run to right field, making it 13-11 with nobody out.

The Tigers escaped further trouble, but are still down two runs going to the bottom of the 13th.

Tigers tie game in 12th

This is the game that never ends...

James McCann doubled to lead off the bottom of the 12th, before Jose Iglesias grounded him to third. McCann scored on a single from Ian Kinsler. Andrew Romine singled to bring up Miguel Cabrera -- representing the winning run. Cabrera singled in Kinsler, making it 11-10. Alex Avila then tied the game at 11 on a single that scored Romine.

Justin Upton kept the inning alive when he grounded into a fielder's choice -- reversed from a double play -- to put runners at the corners. But then Tyler Collins failed to take advantage of another bases loaded plate appearance, grounding out softly to second base to end the inning.

Going to the the 13th, the game is tied at 11.

O's retake lead in 12th

Left-hander Blaine Hardy came on to start the 12th inning and immediately surrendered a solo home run to Chris Davis, putting the Orioles back in the lead, 9-8.

After Wellington Castillo reached on an error from Andrew Romine at third base, Trey Mancini singled Castillo over to third. J.J. Hardy then hit into an RBI fielder's choice, scoring Castillo. Mancini's slide into second was reviewed, but it was determined that he did not slide illegally.

Seth Smith followed with a single that glanced off of Blaine Hardy, putting two on with two outs before Adam Jones singled in J.J. Hardy. Manny Machado flew out to right field to end the inning and stop the bleeding.

Going to the bottom of the 12th, the Orioles have a 11-8 lead.

Tigers leave bases loaded in 11th

The Tigers had the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th, but could not score the winning run.

Andrew Romine grounded out to shortstop to lead off the inning, before Miguel Cabrera was hit on the bottom of his left hand, putting a runner on. Alex Avila hit a ground-rule double to put runners at second and third, before Justin Upton struck out swinging for the second out. J.D. Martinez was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Tyler Collins lined out to right field to end the threat.

Going to the 12th, it's still 8-8.

Tigers get out of jam in 11th

Shane Greene got out of a jam in the top of the 11th. After allowing two-out singles to Adam Jones and Manny Machado, Greene got Mark Trumbo to ground into a fielder's choice to end the half inning.

Going to the bottom of the 11th, the game is still tied at 8.

Tigers strand McCann in 10th

The Tigers stranded James McCann, who singled with one out in the bottom of the 10th.

Going to the 11th, it's 8-8.

Greene works 1-2-3 10th

Shane Greene threw a 1-2-3 top of the 10th for the Tigers.

He got Jonathan Schoop to line out to Tyler Collins in center field, before striking out Wellington Castillo on a nasty curveball outside and away. Greene then got Trey Mancini to ground out to shortstop to end the half inning.

Going to the bottom of the 10th, the Tigers and Orioles are tied at 8.

To extras: Tigers, O's tied at 8

The Tigers put one on in the bottom of the ninth inning, on a long single from Victor Martinez -- who was lifted for pinch-runner Dixon Machado.

After Justin Upton popped out to the catcher, J.D. Martinez grounded into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

After nine, the Tigers and Orioles are tied at 8.

O's tie game in 9th

The Tigers had the Orioles down to their last out in the top of the ninth, before Justin Wilson gave up a solo home run to Mark Trumbo that tied the game at 8.

The Tigers and Orioles are tied going to the bottom of the ninth. Victor Martinez (1-for-3, home run, three RBIs), Justin Upton (0-for-2, two walks) and the hero of the seventh J.D. Martinez (2-for-2, two home runs, five RBIs) are due up.

Tigers go in order in 8th

The Tigers went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth.

Right-handed submariner Darren O'Day came on to pitch, getting Ian Kinsler and Nicholas Castellanos to strike out swinging before Miguel Cabrera flew out to straightaway center field for the third out.

Going to the ninth, the Tigers are up 8-7.

Tigers set O's down 1-2-3 in 8th

Two Wilsons combined to pitch a 1-2-3 top of the eighth inning for the Tigers.

After Alex Wilson got Trey Mancini to strike out looking and J.J. Hardy to ground out to shortstop, the Orioles turned to left-handed batter Seth Smith to hit for Joey Rickard. In turn, the Tigers turned to lefty Justin Wilson to get the matchup and go for the four-out save.

The latter Wilson made quick work of Smith, striking him out swinging on just three pitches.

Going to the bottom of the eighth, the Tigers are up 8-7 and send the top of the order to the plate.

Grand slam puts Tigers up in 7th

J.D. Martinez blew a 3-1 advantage, to deep right center field, with the bases loaded and nobody out.

His grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning, on a 3-1 pitch, put the Tigers ahead 8-7, after surrendering the lead in the seven-run third inning.

It was the second home run of the game for Martinez. He hit a solo homer in the bottom of the third.

The next three Tigers went down in order, but after seven they have a one-run lead.

7th-Inning Stretch: O's 7, Tigers 4

The Tigers are down 7-4 at the Seventh-Inning Stretch.

Chad Bell is largely the reason why the game remains close. The left-hander threw four scoreless innings in relief of Matthew Boyd, scattering three hits and striking out three, while walking only one.

The heart of the order is due up for the Tigers in the bottom of the seventh. Miguel Cabrera (1-for-2) leads off, followed by Victor Martinez (1-for-3, home run, three RBIs) and Justin Upton (1-for-2).

Tigers put two on, do nothing in 6th

The Tigers put two on in the bottom of the sixth, on back-to-back singles from James McCann and Jose Iglesias -- chasing Orioles starter Wade Miley.

Mychal Givens entered, getting Ian Kinsler to hit a line drive right at Joey Rickard in right field. Nicholas Castellanos then hit into a 5-4-3 inning-ending double play.

Going to the seventh, the O's have a 7-4 lead.

Bell breezing through O's lineup

Chad Bell had a rough go trying to get out of the third inning, but he's settled in quite nicely in his next three.

Bell threw a 1-2-3 top of the sixth, the second perfect frame in 3 2/3 innings, keeping the game close.

He got J.J. Hardy to line out on a hard-hit ball to third base, before striking out Joey Rickard and getting Adam Jones to fly out to right field.

Going to the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers trail 7-4.

Tigers go quietly in 5th

The Tigers offense has seemingly disappeared in the span of two innings.

Save for a two-out walk to J.D. Martinez, the Tigers went down quietly in the bottom of the fifth.

Wade Miley is up to 102 pitches for the Orioles, who lead 7-4 after five.

Iglesias makes highlight reel play in 5th

Jose Iglesias remains a special defender.

The shortstop made a highlight-reel play, getting Jonathan Schoop on a ground ball that had Iglesias ranging to the left field side of second base, but still making the throw in time to first for the second out of the inning.

The Orioles got a two-out single from Wellington Castillo (3-for-3) but nothing more, and lead 7-4 going to the bottom of the fifth.

Tigers go in order in 4th

The Tigers, after getting a 1-2-3 top of the fourth inning defensively, went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fourth.

Ian Kinsler grounded out to second base, before Nicholas Castellanos flew out to right field and Miguel Cabrera struck out swinging.

After four, the Tigers are still down, 7-4.

Bell tosses 1-2-3 4th

For the first time tonight, a team has recorded a 1-2-3 half inning.

Chad Bell, in his first full inning of work, did just that in the top of the fourth.

He struck Adam Jones out looking, before Manny Machado hit the third comebacker Bell has seen tonight back to the mound. Bell made the throw to first to retire Machado, before getting Mark Trumbo to ground out to second base to end the half inning.

Going to the bottom of the fourth, the Orioles have a 7-4 lead.

Tigers get 3 back in 3rd

The Tigers got three runs back in the bottom of the third inning.

After Miguel Cabrera walked to lead off the frame, Victor Martinez hit a two-run home run to left field, making it 7-3 with nobody out.

Martinez has all three RBIs for the Tigers so far.

Two batters later, J.D. Martinez hit an opposite-field home run off the end of his bat, making it 7-4 with one out. Then, Mikie Mahtook followed with a double.

James McCann struck out swinging and Jose Iglesias grounded out to second base to end the inning.

After three, the Tigers are down 7-4.

O's explode for 7 runs in 3rd

The Orioles beat up on the Tigers in the top of the third inning.

J.J. Hardy hit a leadoff home run off of Matthew Boyd, tying the game at 1.

After Joey Rickard struck out swinging, Adam Jones doubled to left and scored on a double from Manny Machado, giving the Orioles the lead. Then, Machado scored on a double from Chris Davis, making it 3-1.

On the doubles from Machado and Davis, it appeared that Mikie Mahtook had trouble playing the ball off the wall in center field.

An infield single from Mark Trumbo and a walk to Jonathan Schoop loaded the bases, before Wellington Castillo hit a two-run single, scoring Trumbo and Davis, and chasing Boyd in favor of left-hander Chad Bell.

Trey Mancini greeted Bell with a line drive off of his left arm/shoulder, scoring Schoop and making it 6-1. Hardy followed with an RBI fielder's choice, scoring Castillo.

Boyd's completed line is not pretty. He went 2 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits, while striking out one and walking two.

Going to the bottom of the third, the Orioles lead, 7-1.

Tigers maintain slim lead through 2

The Tigers had a pair of baserunners in the bottom of the second inning, but nothing else to show for it.

James McCann led off the half inning by striking out -- it was determined on appeal that he offered at a low pitch from Wade Miley -- before Jose Iglesias singled off the end of his bat. Ian Kinsler then grounded into what looked like was going to be a 6-4-3 double play, but a poor throw to first from second baseman Jonathan Schoop allowed Kinsler to reach safely.

Nicholas Castellanos then grounded into a force to end the inning.

After two, it's 1-0.

Double play helps Boyd in 2nd

Matthew Boyd got by with a little help from his friends in the top of the second inning.

After issuing a leadoff walk to Chris Davis, Boyd got Jonathan Schoop to ground into a 5-4-3 double play -- with some fancy footwork from both Nicholas Castellanos at third base and Ian Kinsler at second -- to empty the bases.

After Wellington Castillo singled with two outs, Trey Mancini popped out to shortstop to end the half inning harmlessly for Boyd.

Going to the bottom of the second, the Tigers are still up 1-0.

Tigers score on weird play in 1st

The Tigers got on the board in the bottom of the first inning with some heads-up baserunning.

With one out, and runners at the corners, Victor Martinez hit a line drive right at Orioles first baseman Chris Davis. Instead of tagging Miguel Cabrera, Davis tagged the bag first and was unable to tag Cabrera before he got back to first. In the meantime, Ian Kinsler -- who led off the half inning with a double to the right field corner -- scored.

Justin Upton followed with a walk, putting two on for the second time in the half inning, before J.D. Martinez walked to load the bases.

Then, Joey Rickard bailed out O's starter Wade Miley with a great diving catch of a fly ball hit by Mikie Mahtook to end the inning.

After one, the Tigers have a 1-0 lead.

Boyd strands Machado in 1st

Matthew Boyd allowed a two-out, opposite-field single to Manny Machado in the top of the first inning, but got out of the frame when Mark Trumbo lined out to Justin Upton in left field.

Joey Rickard led off the game with a soft pop fly to Ian Kinsler at second base, before Adam Jones grounded out to third base.

Going to the bottom of the first, the game is scoreless.

Live blog: Tigers vs. Orioles

The Tigers are likely happy to be home.

After spending the first 15 days of May on the road, including 10 in Arizona and California, the Tigers open a six-game homestand Wednesday night, facing the Orioles at Comerica Park. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

The Tigers went 4-5 out west — after taking two of three from the Indians in Cleveland to open the month — including a four-game split with the Angels over the weekend. They'll take on a Baltimore team riding a four-game losing streak, but remain just a half-game out of first in the American League East.

After three games against the Orioles, the Tigers have three games against the Rangers on Friday through Sunday.

Lefty Matthew Boyd draws the start for the Tigers (2-3, 3.89 ERA). Lefty Wade Miley (1-1, 2.45 ERA) starts for the Orioles.


First pitch: 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Comerica Park, Detroit

TV/radio: Fox Sports Detroit/97.1 FM

Records: The Tigers are 18-18, third place in the American League Central Division, two games behind the Minnesota Twins. The Orioles are 22-14, second place in the AL East, a half-game behind the New York Yankees.


1. Joey Rickard, RF

2. Adam Jones, CF

3. Manny Machado, 3B

4. Mark Trumbo, DH

5. Chris Davis, 1B

6. Jonathan Schoop, 2B

7. Wellington Castillo, C

8. Trey Mancini, LF

9. J.J. Hardy, SS

SP: Wade Miley, LHP


1. Ian Kinsler, 1B

2. Nick Castellanos, 3B

3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. Justin Upton, LF

6. J.D. Martinez, RF

7. Mikie Mahtook, CF

8. James McCann, C

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

SP: Matthew Boyd, LHP


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