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Live blog: Tigers down Orioles for dramatic 5-4 win

By Connor Muldowney
Special to The Detroit News

After a marathon on Tuesday night, the Tigers narrowly avoided another, beating the Orioles 5-4 on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

The bats were, in fact, hot for both teams for the second straight night. The Orioles finished with 11 hits and the Tigers had nine.

And, for the second consecutive evening, a Tiger finished with a two-homer game. This time, it was Tyler Collins who knocked two out of the park for the first time in his career, emphatically snapping an 0-for-30 stretch. He finished 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double and four RBIs.

Ian Kinsler had a nice bounce-back game as well, finishing 2-for-5 with an RBI.

The Orioles took a quick 1-0 lead but, like Tuesday’s game, didn’t hold it for long, surrendering a solo homer to Collins in the second. The Tigers (19-19) tacked on another run to take a 2-1 lead.

However, Baltimore struck back in the fourth with two runs, regaining the lead, and then tacking one more run on in the fifth, 4-2. Detroit then swiped that lead right back with Collins’ three-run homer and didn’t look back.

Welington Castillo recorded his second three-hit game for the Orioles (23-15), finishing 3-for-4 with three singles and an RBI.

Michael Fulmer pitched seven innings, allowing three earned runs and 10 hits while striking out four. Justin Wilson hammered down the save after allowing two base-runners.

Conversely, Ubaldo Jimenez went five innings, allowing eight hits and five earned runs with five strikeouts and three walks for the Orioles.

Jordan Zimmermann (3-2, 6.28 ERA) will take the mound for the Tigers on Thursday afternoon at 1:10, looking to win the series. Dylan Bundy (5-1, 2.26) will get the nod for the Orioles.

Top 9th: Tigers 5, Orioles 4

Justin Wilson entered the game, searching for redemption after Tuesday night's blown save.

Jose Iglesias made a sliding stop at short, but couldn't transfer the ball cleanly to his throwing hand and Trey Mancini reached first with a leadoff single. J.J. Hardy struck out singling for the first out.

Joey Rickard entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Seth Smith and drew a walk, putting runners at first and second. Adam Jones flew out to deep right field, advancing Mancini to third with two outs. Manny Machado struck out on a check-swing which was ruled a strike to end the game.

Bottom 8th: Tigers 5, Orioles 4

Richard Bleier remained in the game for the Orioles.

Tyler Collins started the home half of the eighth with a leadoff double, his third hit of the game, chasing Bleier.

Miguel Castro entered the game in relief for Baltimore with no outs and a man at second. James McCann moved Collins up to third with a sacrifice bunt to Manny Machado. Jose Iglesias then struck out swinging after a 12-pitch at-bat. Ian Kinsler bounced out to short to end the eighth.

Top 8th: Tigers 5, Orioles 4

Alex Wilson entered the game in relief of the starter, Michael Fulmer.

Mark Trumbo popped out to second on a 2-2 pitch to start the inning. Jonathan Schoop flew out to left field and then Welington Castillo lined out to first base for the final out.

Bottom 7th: Tigers 5, Orioles 4

Stefan Crichton went back out for the second straight inning to face the Tigers.

J.D. Martinez got things kicked off with a groundout to short and Victor Martinez got another nice swing on a ball, but it died right before reaching the warning track in deep right center. Justin Upton then reached on a fielding error by Manny Machado.

Richard Bleier came in to relieve Crichton with two outs and a man on first. He got Alex Avila to fly out to right field as Trey Mancini made a running catch.

Top 7th: Tigers 5, Orioles 4

Michael Fulmer was aiming to finish his outing strong with a scoreless seventh.

Seth Smith grounded up the middle for a leadoff single, but would advance no further.

Adam Jones lined out to right field and J.D. Martinez's throw back to first was a little wide but Fulmer made a highlight sliding stop to hold Smith at first. Ian Kinsler then made a nice play on a soft Manny Machado grounder to second, tossing quickly to first for the second out. Smith moved over to second. Chris Davis struck out swinging to end the inning.

Bottom 6th: Tigers 5, Orioles 4

The Tigers went quietly in the sixth against new pitcher, Stefan Crichton.

Jose Iglesias grounded out to short, Ian Kinsler flew out to deep center and Nick Castellanos lined out to short to end the inning.

Top 6th:Tigers 5, Orioles 4

Michael Fulmer got his much-needed quick inning.

For the second straight night, Welington Castillo recorded three hits. He singled to right field to open the inning. Trey Mancini then grounded into a fielder's choice as the Tigers nabbed Castillo at second. J.J. Hardy then grounded into a double play to end the sixth abruptly.

Bottom 5th: Tigers 5, Orioles 4

The Tigers responded with another big offensive inning.

J.D. Martinez beat the Orioles' shift with a single through the right side of the infield. Victor Martinez then put a charge into one to deep center, but Adam Jones tracked it down for the first out and J.D. retreated to first.

Justin Upton struck out swinging for the second time but Alex Avila salvaged the seemingly-dead inning with a two-out double, but Martinez was held at third. Tyler Collins then drove everyone home with his second homer of the game, a three-run shot.

James McCann struck out swinging to end the home half.

Top 5th: Orioles 4, Tigers 2

Adam Jones gave Michael Fulmer what he desperately need to start the top of the fifth: a one-pitch out. He grounded to Fulmer who jogged to first for the out. Manny Machado then grounded out to third base.

Chris Davis lined a two-out double to the right field corner, continuing his assault on Tigers pitching. Mark Trumbo followed that up by missing a home run by just a couple of feet off the right center field wall, notching an RBI double.

Jonathan Schoop ended the inning with a pop out to Nick Castellanos into foul territory.

Bottom 4th: Orioles 3, Tigers 2

The Tigers went quietly in the fourth for the first time in the game.

Jose Iglesias bounced out to third for the first out. Ian Kinsler grounded to third and Manny Machado made a highlight play on a dive-and-throw to first for the second out. Nick Castellanos was robbed of a soft single to right field as Seth Smith made a sliding catch.

Top 4th: Orioles 3, Tigers 2

The Orioles struck back in the top of the fourth.

Mark Trumbo reached first to start the inning thanks to a throwing error by Jose Iglesias. Jonathan Schoop lined a double into the left field corner and Trumbo was held at third with no outs.

Welington Castillo singled to center to tie things up. Trey Mancini hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Schoop. J.J. Hardy then flew out to right for the second out. Seth Smith popped out to shallow left to end the inning.

Bottom 3rd: Tigers 2, Orioles 1

For the third straight inning to start the game, the Tigers got at least one runner into scoring position.

Justin Upton doubled down the left-field line with one out. Alex Avila then walked on five pitches.

Victor Martinez flew out to left-center for the first out. Tyler Collins struck out swinging for the second out. James McCann grounded out to short to end the threat.

Top 3rd:Tigers 2, Orioles 1

Michael Fulmer needed a quicker third inning after a lengthy second.

Adam Jones grounded out for a speedy first out, followed by a Manny Machado grounder to short for the second out on a 3-2 pitch. Chris Davis struck out swinging for a much-needed 1-2-3 inning.

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer throws during the first inning.

Bottom 2nd: Tigers 2, Orioles 1

The Tigers aimed to respond to the Orioles' first run.

Red-hot Alex Avila couldn't make noise in the leadoff position, though, striking out to start the second. Tyler Collins ended his 0-for-30 slump in the next at-bat, though, smashing a home run to left-center field, tying the game.

James McCann then singled to left field with one out. Jose Iglesias hit a weak ground ball to second for the second out and McCann moved into scoring position. Ian Kinsler singled to center, for his second hit of the game, and McCann came around to score.

Nick Castellanos moved Kinsler over to second after being hit by a Ubaldo Jimenez pitch. J.D. Martinez ended the inning with a groundout to third.

Top 2nd: Orioles 1, Tigers 0

For the second straight inning, the Orioles did their damage with one out.

Mark Trumbo flew out to center for out No. 1, giving way to Jonathan Schoop who notched a one-out single to center. Welington Castillo remained hot, also singling up the middle. Trey Mancini blooped out to left field to load the bases.

J.J. Hardy then hit a chopper to Jose Iglesias who made a circus throw to second base for the second out, but Schoop crossed home plate for the game's first run. Seth Smith struck out to end the threat.

Bottom 1st: Tigers 0, Orioles 0

The Tigers wasted no time getting a threat going against Ubaldo Jimenez.

They attempted to get a runner into scoring position with no outs, but Ian Kinsler was thrown out at second trying to steal. He led things off with a bloop single to center field.

Nick Castellanos walked following the Kinsler steal attempt. J.D. Martinez also walked, putting runners at first and second with one out. Victor Martinez flew out to center field for the second out. Justin Upton struck out to end the inning.

Top 1st: Tigers 0, Orioles 0

Michael Fulmer took the mound, looking for yet another quality start.

Adam Jones was the only base-runner, getting on with a one-out single.

Seth Smith started the game with a fly out to left field and two battlers later, Manny Machado flew out to right field for the second out. Last night's hero, Chris Davis, struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Tigers opened their six-game homestand in wild fashion Tuesday night.

After a five-hour battle that went 13 innings and featured 24 runs, the Tigers will look to bounce back from the 13-11 loss and provide some more fireworks against the Orioles Wednesday at Comerica  Upton Park.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. (FSD/97.1).

Michael Fulmer will get the start for the Tigers and look to continue his dominance. In his last two starts, Fulmer has allowed two earned runs and struck out 16 in 15 innings in wins over the A's and Angels.

The Orioles will counter with Ubaldo Jimenez, who is 6-11 with a 5.49 ERA in 21 career starts against the Tigers.

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1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Nick Castellanos, 3B

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. Justin Upton, LF

6. J.D. Martinez, RF

7. Tyler Collins, CF

8. James McCann, C

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Michael Fulmer, SP


1. Seth Smith, RF

2. Adam Jones, CF

3. Manny Machado, 3B

4. Chris Davis, 1B

5. Mark Trumbo, DH

6. Jonathan Schoop, 2B

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Trey Mancini, LF

9. J.J. Hardy, SS

Ubaldo Jimenez, SP