J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back home runs off reliever Darren O’Day in the eighth inning as the Tigers avoided a four-game sweep with a 6-5 win over the Orioles yesterday afternoon.
Detroit had lost 11 of 12 games and was poised for another setback after Manny Machado’s two-run home run in the fifth off starter Michael Fulmer put Baltimore up, 5-4.
O’Day (2-1) nearly struck out Martinez to end the eighth, but the home-plate umpire ruled Martinez checked his swing on a 2-2 pitch.
Martinez hammered the next pitch over the center-field wall.
One pitch later, Cabrera knocked his sixth home run.
Ian Kinsler also went deep for Detroit in the fourth inning.
The Tigers head home for a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins starting tonight.
The opening pitch is at 7:10.
Jordan Zimmermann will start for Detroit and the Twins will send out Jose Berrios.
By: Mike Plourde – for Great Lakes Radio Sports