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Inge, Damon, Guillen power Detroit: Tigers 12, Orioles 9

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DETROIT - JULY 05:  Andy Oliver #41 of the Detroit Tigers warms up prior to the start of the first inning during the game against the Baltimore Orioles on July 5 2010 at Comerica Park in Detroit Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT - JULY 05: Andy Oliver #41 of the Detroit Tigers warms up prior to the start of the first inning during the game against the Baltimore Orioles on July 5 2010 at Comerica Park in Detroit Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Final - 7.5.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore Orioles 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 14 1
Detroit Tigers 5 3 0 0 2 0 2 0 X 12 17 2
WP: Eddie Bonine (4 - 0)
LP: Mark Hendrickson (1 - 4)

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If you were a fan of run scoring, you had a great time. . Fourteen runs in the first two innings, two bullpens tapped for nearly the entire contest and fans and players alike forced to put up with temperatures in the 90s.

If you were a fan of pitching, even Jose Valverde let you down, as the Tigers' closer allowed two runs to score in the ninth inning.

So what happened?

  • Andy Oliver didn't control or mix up his pitches at all. So he didn't last.
  • When the ball was put in play, he got little defensive help. The very first batter of the day benefited from a throwing error to get to second base. He went on to score. Three more runs came in after an error with two outs in the second inning.
  • Five members of the Tigers' bullpen got into the game.
  • Johnny Damon had three hits in his first three at-bats but failed to get the fourth -- which would have been the 2,500th of his career.
  • Carlos Guillen had three hits too.
  • Miguel Cabrera and Brandon Inge each had two doubles. Inge had four RBI.
  • The only batter in the Tigers' starting nine who didn't get a hit got on base four times via the walk: Brennan Boesch.
  • So despite all the offense, Detroit actually fell two hits short of its season-high of 19.
  • Detroit hit 7 for 17 with runners in scoring position.
  • The Tigers are in first place by a half a game again.