BALTIMORE -- Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton homered in the first, the Tigers jumped out to a seven-run lead after 2 1/2 innings and two rain delays, and they held on for a 7-5 series-opening win over the Orioles on Thursday night.The victory, Detroit's fifth in six games, snapped Baltimore's
BALTIMORE -- Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton homered in the first, the Tigers jumped out to a seven-run lead after 2 1/2 innings and two rain delays, and they held on for a 7-5 series-opening win over the Orioles on Thursday night.
The victory, Detroit's fifth in six games, snapped Baltimore's win streak at five and concluded after midnight ET. It marked the second consecutive rain-delayed contest for both clubs, with the 7:05 p.m. first pitch delayed 43 minutes and another stop in the action two outs in, this one lasting 59 minutes.
Kinsler and Upton each homered in the first inning before play stopped, leading to a short night for Orioles starter Chris Tillman. Though Tillman did return, he lasted just two-plus innings, facing five batters in a five-run third without recording an out.
"I thought we played good baseball in New York," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of the club's previous series vs. the Yankees. "Today, we swung the bats well early and then kind of hung on the rest of the way."
Upton drove in two runs, as did Jose Cabrera, as the Tigers scored seven runs, five earned, off Tillman, whose season ERA rose to 8.10.
"Yeah, it's killing me right now. It really is," Tillman said of his frustration level. "But you can't dwell on that. You got to take the positives and run with it. I saw a lot tonight. I know the scoreboard won't show it and most people won't see it, but there were a lot of good things that happened tonight. And if you're going to take anything good away from this, that was a pretty horrible start and we almost came back and won that game."
Working with the big advantage, Tigers starter Matt Boyd struck out the side in the first but lasted just 4 1/3 innings and surrendered three runs on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts.
"Command wasn't great," Ausmus said of Boyd's outing. "Especially when you take a lead you can't be walking guys. Early on, I thought he was going to be fine. That first inning, he looked real good. But he just seemed to lose the command of the ball, lost his release point, couldn't repeat."
The Orioles got a solo homer from Timothy Beckham, his first since joining the Orioles on Monday, in the eighth. It was one of three hits on the night for Beckham, with Manny Machado chipping in a pair of RBIs.
Machado also started a triple play in the top of the second inning.
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Warwick to the rescue: After Boyd wobbled and put runners on first and second with one out in the fifth, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called on his bullpen, inserting Warwick Saupold to face Trey Mancini with Detroit up 7-3. Saupold needed just one pitch to get out of the jam, getting a double-play ball to end the inning.
"I don't want to let any runners score," Saupold said. "And I made a pitch and got out of the inning. I was hoping to go longer, but that wasn't the case. But everything is feeling good right now and I feel like I'm back to my old self."
Three's a crowd: With the O's trailing, 2-0, after a pair of rain delays, Machado started the club's second triple play of the year. Machado fielded James McCann's grounder, touched the third-base bag and threw to second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Schoop pivoted and tossed to first baseman Chris Davis just in front of a hustling McCann.
"I don't know [how many triple plays I've witnessed]," Ausmus said. "I think the last one I saw was Ian Kinsler hit into a triple play a few years ago. It happens, it's part of the game. You know, Machado really is the key to that because he tags the base on the run and makes the perfect kind of three-quarters throw to second base." More >
"I know it's real frustrating for him. It's like people talk about guys who strike out along with a lot of power. Can you imagine the frustration of having that type of power at your fingertips and not being able to get to it? Can you imagine having the ability to pitch successfully up here and not being able to execute it? So, it's tough." -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter, on Tillman's struggles
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Beckham's home run marked the 2,500th homer at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season.
Kinsler's leadoff home run was the 45th of his career, moving him into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time leadoff home runs list, passing Brady Anderson.
Tigers: With the non-waiver Trade Deadline behind him, Justin Verlander takes the mound for Detroit in the second game of this four-game set against the O's on Friday at 7:05 p.m. ET. Verlander is 7-1 with a 2.63 ERA in nine starts at Camden Yards.
Orioles: The O's will send Kevin Gausman to the hill on Friday night against Detroit. Gausman has been hot in his last few starts after logging three consecutive quality outings for the first time this season. In his past three starts, the righty went 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA -- allowing just one earned run through 20 2/3 innings.
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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.
Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore who covered the Tigers on Thursday.