WHAT HAPPENED: The Tigers built a 6-0 lead with two runs in the third, three in the fourth and one in the fifth. The Orioles scored five times in the fifth inning off Justin Verlander. Nelson Cruz hit a three-run home run to left to cut the deficit to 6-5. Rajai Davis hit a solo home run in the 6th to give Tigers a 7-5 lead. STREAKING: After delivering a two-out, three-run home run in the 9th inning to power the Tigers to a 4-1 win over the Orioles on Tuesday, Miguel Cabrera came through in clutch again on Wednesday. He hit a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Cabrera is now batting .417 (58-for-139) with four home runs and 150 RBIs in his career with the bases loaded. STEPPING IT UP: The bottom of the order - Don Kelly, Bryan Holaday and Danny Worth, were a combined 5-for-11 with three RBIs and four runs scored for the Tigers. PAYBACK: The Tigers had a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th when some payback was delivered. With one out and a runner on first, Justin Verlander threw a pitch behind Orioles DH Nelson Cruz on a 1-0 count. Home plate umpire John Tumpane immediately issued a warning to Verlander and both benches. Both benches emptied on Monday night after Orioles pitcher Bud Norris hit Torii Hunter in the ribs two pitches after giving up a two-run home run to Ian Kinsler. Hunter said after the game that the game polices itself.
Detroit 7, Baltimore 5: Tigers hold off Orioles comeback for series sweep
Detroit Free Press | May 15