DETROIT — Michael Fulmer had a solid night on the mound, but it was Tyler Collins’ bat that had the hottest performance of the night. With two home runs from him and an outstanding relief performance from Alex Wilson, the Tigers won 5-4 over the Orioles to even the series.
Apart from Collins, Ian Kinsler was the only other Tigers bat with multiple hits, while most of the offense fell silent as they left seven men on-base despite eight hits. Luckily for the Tigers, Fulmer pitched well — he gave up 10 hits but walked no one and only allowed three earned runs. In relief, A. Wilson was dominant and Justin Wilson muscled through a rocky ninth, the result of poor catching by James McCann and a missed call by home plate umpire Mark Carlson.
Fulmer did battle some the nagging Orioles, who put up enough of a decent fight in the fourth and fifth innings to be a nuisance. Also, the fourth run scored because of a rare Jose Iglesias error to start the fourth inning. However, Fulmer did enough to limit the damage and Detroit’s defense helped out in a big way in the sixth, getting an inning-ending double play to control his pitch count.
Despite a double, RBI single, and sacrifice fly in the fourth, and back-to-back two-out doubles in the fifth, Fulmer fired back in the sixth to finish strong. With two outs and a man on first in the seventh, manager Brad Ausmus went out for a quick mound visit before letting Fulmer face Chris Davis. His choice paid off well, as the Tigers starter struck out Davis looking to end the frame and his outing in favorable fashion.
Tyler Collins: Blasted two home runs and drove in all but one of the runs.
Michael Fulmer: Seven innings, four runs (three earned), no walks, and four strikeouts.
Alex Wilson: Pitched a snappy 10-pitch eighth inning without so much as breaking a sweat. Just the way a relief inning should be.
Locked away for the night.
STREAKS AND INFO:
- Tyler Collins’ home run in the second inning snapped an 0-for-30 hitless skid. He finished with 10 total bases on the night — a career-first. His previous career-high in total bases was seven, when he finished 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run on July 29, 2016 against the Astros.
- Collins’ two-homer game was the first of his career, and his fourth overall home run this season. That total matches his career-highs in 2015 and 2016, when he hit four for each year.
- The Tigers’ win snapped a mini two-game losing streak, and evened their record for the last 10 games to 5-5.