Tigers edge Orioles 4-3, pull even for postseason spot

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 9: Jose Iglesias #1 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers after scoring on a single by J.D. Martinez as pitcher Kevin Gausman #39 of the Baltimore Orioles walks away during the fifth inning at Comerica Park on September 9, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 9: Jose Iglesias #1 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers after scoring on a single by J.D. Martinez as pitcher Kevin Gausman #39 of the Baltimore Orioles walks away during the fifth inning at Comerica Park on September 9, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

 

DETROIT (AP) — Victor Martinez hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and the Detroit Tigers beat Baltimore 4-3 on Friday night, pulling even with the Orioles for the American League’s second wild card.

Michael Fulmer pitched seven solid innings, and the Tigers won despite blowing a 3-0 lead. The Orioles tied it in the eighth when Adam Jones hit an RBI single, but Martinez led off the bottom half with a drive to right-center field off reliever Brad Brach (8-3).

Alex Wilson (3-0) got the win even after allowing the tying run in the eighth. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his 40th save in 44 chances. He is tied with Baltimore’s Zach Britton for the AL lead in saves.

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run single in the fifth to give Detroit a 3-0 lead, but Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer the following inning to start Baltimore’s comeback.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s