A tie game in the later innings against the Baltimore Orioles isn't a recipe for success.

Boasting the third-best bullpen in baseball (statistically, anyway) with huge flame-thrower Jim Johnson closing games, the Orioles don't surrender many late leads.

But after unusual ordinary outing Friday night from Justin Verlander, the Tigers' bullpen shut the door and Prince Fielder's second two-run home run of the game in the bottom of the eighth gave the Tigers a 5-3 victory.

Jam-packed Comerica Park was awed by the stunning display of power from Fielder, who blasted a 462-foot bomb in the sixth inning off the monument wall in right-center to tie the game at 3.

And his winning homer that landed in the seats under the Pepsi Porch, after soaring nearly a mile high in the night sky, will garner most of the headlines.

But Verlander was very appreciative of the efforts of Octavio Dotel, Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde, who kept the Orioles scoreless over the last three innings.