Live blog: Long ball powers Tigers to win over Orioles

Geoff Robinson
The Detroit News
Detroit starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann reacts after giving up a two-run home run in the first inning. Zimmerman has given up a pair of home runs through five innings.


The Tigers got home runs from J.D. Martinez and Victor Martinez on their way to a 6-5 win over the Orioles at Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon.

Alex Avila had two doubles and an RBI and did a nice job of settling starter Jordan Zimmermann down after a shaky start to the game.

Zimmermann gave up three runs in the first two frames but was really able to turn in a nice performance. The fourth run he gave up came when Adam Jones homered to left field in the fifth inning, but it was a ball that only made it out because of the extremely windy conditions at the ballpark today. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 102 pitches

In the ninth, Alex Wilson got the call out of the bullpen after Justin Wilson had been used the previous two nights. Wilson did the job with no issue, getting Ryan Flaherty to ground out to second, Caleb Joseph to fly out to center field and J.J. Hardy to line out to shortstop to end the game.

The Tigers took two out of three from Baltimore in this series. They get back to work tomorrow when Texas comes to town. Tomorrow's matchup: Daniel Norris (2-2, 4.34) vs. Nick Martinez (0-2, 5.04)

Bottom 8th: Tigers 6, Orioles 5

Tyler Collins drew a leadoff walk from Miguel Castro, moving up to second on a sacrifice bunt from Andrew Romine as the Tigers played for an insurance run. Collins appeared to steal third base in the next at-bat, but the Orioles challenged and Collins was called out after the review. Jose Iglesias flew out to left field to end the inning.

Top 8th: Tigers 6, Orioles 5

Chris Davis struck out swinging, Mark Trumbo grounded out to shortstop and Jonathan Schoop struck out swinging as Shane Greene was able to keep the Tigers on top with a perfect eighth inning.

That perfect frame comes on the heels of a seventh inning in which he picked up two outs in relief of Blaine Hardy.

Bottom 7th: Tigers 6, Orioles 5

Miguel Castro got the call from the Baltimore bullpen and immediately issued a walk to J.D. Martinez. After giving another free pass to Victor Martinez, Justin Upton grounded into a double play and Alex Avila flew out to center field to let the reliever off the hook.

Top 7th: Tigers 6, Orioles 5

The wind sure has a lot to say about today's game.

Seth Smith hit what was seemingly a routine fly ball to left center. He must have found a jet stream because that ball carried, and carried, and carried until it finally landed on the other side of the fence for a one-out solo home run that cuts the Tigers lead to 6-5.

Blaine Hardy was working out of the bullpen for the Tigers. He got J.J. Hardy to ground out for the first out of the inning before surrendering the long ball to Smith. He was relieved of his duties in favor of Shane Greene, who got the next two outs to get out of the inning.

Bottom 6th: Tigers 6, Orioles 4

Jose Iglesias struck out swinging, Ian Kinsler flew out to right field and Nick Castellanos flew out to center field as Dylan Bundy (97 pitches) continues to work for the Orioles.

Top 6th: Tigers 6, Orioles 4

Jonathan Schoop popped out to third, Ryan Flaherty struck out swinging and Caleb Joseph flew out to center field as Jordan Zimmermann set the Orioles down in order in what was likely his final inning of work today.

After struggling through the early innings, Zimmermann bounced back and pitched pretty well against a very good Orioles lineup. The only hiccup after the second inning was a wind-aided home run from Adam Jones. It was a ball that never would have gotten out of the ballpark on a normal day.

Bottom 5th: Tigers 6, Orioles 4

Dylan Bundy was careful with J.D. Martinez, walking the hot Tigers slugger with one out. If only he had known that all he was really doing was setting the stage for Victor Martinez, who went deep to right field with a two-run dinger that put the Tigers up 5-4.

After the big fly, Justin Upton singled to center field, and he came home to score when Alex Avila doubled to left field in the next at-bat, boosting the Tigers lead to 6-4.

With Avila still on second, Tyler Collins popped out to second and Andrew Romine flew out to center field to end the frame.

Nick Castellanos grounded out to shortstop to leadoff the inning.

Top 5th: Orioles 4, Tigers 3

After getting the first two outs of the inning without issue, Jordan Zimmermann grooved a ball to Adam Jones, who drilled it out to left field and just out of the reach of a leaping Justin Upton in left field, putting Baltimore up 4-3.

Zimmermann (91 pitches) then issued a two-out walk to Chris Davis, but he got out of the inning by getting Mark Trumbo to ground out to second.

Seth Smith struck out swinging and Trey Mancini grounded out to third to start the inning.

Bottom 4th: Tigers 3, Orioles 3

Alex Avila doubled to right field to leadoff the fourth. Tyler Collins struck out looking and Andrew Romine grounded out to first before Jose Iglesias was able to draw a two-out walk. With runners on the corners, Ian Kinsler grounded out to shortstop to end the threat.

Top 4th: Tigers 3, Orioles 3

Jordan Zimmermann was able to strand a leadoff double from Jonathan Schoop by setting the next three Baltimore hitters down in order.

Ryan Flaherty struck out looking, Caleb Joseph flew out to left field and J.J. Hardy grounded out to second to end the frame.

Bottom 3rd: Tigers 3, Orioles 3

Jose Iglesias notched a leadoff double down the left field line. Ian Kinsler grounded out to third, but Nick Castellanos got a little bit lucky in the next at-bat when a slow roller got under the glove of Baltimore third baseman Ryan Flaherty, putting runners on the corners for J.D. Martinez.

Naturally, Martinez delivered with a three-run home run to left center field, his fifth long ball in six games since returning from a lengthy stay on the disabled list.

Top 3rd: Orioles 3, Tigers 0

Adam Jones flew out to right field, Chris Davis grounded out to second and Mark Trumbo flew out to left as Jordan Zimmermann had his first quick inning of the day.

Zimmermann's pitch count is up to 51.

Bottom 2nd: Orioles 3, Tigers 0

Tyler Collins drew a two-out walk, but the Tigers weren't able to do anything with it as Andrew Romine flew out to left field to end the inning.

Justin Upton popped out to first and Alex Avila flew out to left field for the first two outs of the frame.

Top 2nd: Orioles 3, Tigers 0

Ryan Flaherty notched a one-out single to right field. Jordan Zimmermann bounced back to strike out Caleb Joseph, but after J.J. Hardy singled to put runners on the corners for Baltimore, Seth Smith brought home the third run of the day with a single to right field.

Jonathan Schoop flew out to left field to leadoff the inning.

Bottom 1st: Orioles 2, Tigers 0

Ian Kinsler got things started with a single back through the middle of the diamond. After  Nick Castellanos struck out looking at a fastball over the heart of the plate, J.D. Martinez was able to work a walk to put two men on base for the Tigers. It wasn't meant to be, though, as Victor Martinez grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Top 1st: Orioles 2, Tigers 0

Adam Jones notched a two-out single through the left side of the infield and Chris Davis brought out his big bat for the third time in this series as he homered deep to the bleachers in right field, putting Baltimore on top, 2-0.

Seth Smith lined out to second and Trey Mancini struck out swinging at a ball in the dirt to start the game.


First pitch: 1:10 p.m. Thursday, Comerica Park, Detroit

TV/radio: Fox Sports Detroit/97.1 FM

Records: Tigers are 19-19, third place in the American League Central Division, 1.5 games behind the Twins. Orioles are 23-15, second place in the AL East, 1.5 games behind the Yankees.


1. Seth Smith, RF

2. Trey Mancini, LF

3. Adam Jones, CF

4. Chris Davis, 1B

5. Mark Trumbo, DH

6. Jonathan Schoop, 2B

7. Ryan Flaherty, 3B

8. Caleb Joseph, C

9. J.J. Hardy

SP: Dylan Bundy, RHP


1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Nick Castellanos, 3B

3. J.D. Martinez, RF

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. Justin Upton, LF

6. Alex Avila, C

7. Tyler Collins, CF

8. Andrew Romine, 1B

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

SP: Jordan Zimmermann, RHP


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