Tigers 10, Orioles 4: Miguel Cabrera and friends blast Baltimore

Leon Halip

Detroit went long to left field three times in opening the scoring gates against the O's

OK, so you know the big thing: Miguel Cabrera reached 2000 career hits by launching his 366th home run. So that was pretty cool. That was the 10th run for the Tigers in a 10-4 victory.

The game was actually close at one point though. The O's got a fast start on Anibal Sanchez, a two-run double by Chris Davis staking Baltimore to a 2-0 lead before a second out was even recorded. Sanchez settled in after that until rain ended his day early. The Orioles probably wish it ended their day early too because after a 35 minute delay (though Detroit already led 3-2 by then) it was all Tigers.

Rajai Davis had a three-run home run in the fourth -- so much for baserunning replacing that! -- and then Torii Hunter added one of his own two batters later for the 7-3 lead. Cabrera made it 8-3 two innings later with his first RBI of the year, a single to left-center.

The Tigers bullpen did a nice job for four of the nine innings, with Drew Smyly throwing three scoreless and Ian Krol adding a scoreless inning in his Tigers debut. Joba Chamberlain though ... well ... he pitched. He gave up two runs on four hits in the ninth, harshing the mellow and worsening the Tigers' run differential in the process.

Cabrera had four hits, with Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson each adding three hit days. Nick Castellanos and Ian Kinsler both had two-hit games.

The other notable event: Brad Ausmus lost a challenge! But no one is sure why. MLB says Andrew Romine involuntarily lost the ball when transferring it from his glove to his hand on a double play attempt. Well, duh. Who voluntarily loses it? But that came after the out should have already been recorded, so ... Ausmus is 2-1

You decide:

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