Tigers homer twice off Bundy, edge Orioles 6-5

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20 May, 2017

Martinez moved up three spots to hit third in the batting order as the Tigers beat the Orioles 5-4.

Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (5-1) takes the mound in the series finale Thursday. "So that can't happen". But getting through six, that's huge for our bullpen.

Bundy has been so consistent that he saw his ERA rise an eyelash after striking out a season high-tying eight and giving up two runs on four hits over six innings in a no-decision at Kansas City last Friday. The only other player with at least 10 strikeouts in eight straight starts was Pedro Martinez for Boston in 1999. Michael Fulmer (5-1) wasn't at his best, allowing three earned runs and 10 hits in seven innings, but the Tigers gave him enough support.

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull). Milwaukee Brewers' Eric Sogard is tagged out by San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges trying to score from third base during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in San Diego.

He missed inside to No. 9 hitter Jose Iglesias and had a wind-blown fly ball fall into the left-field corner for a double.

On Thursday, J.D. Martinez cranked a three run home run off Bundy in the third inning, his only hit of the afternoon.

Freeman was struck on the left wrist by a pitch in the fifth inning. After J.D. Martinez walked with one out in the bottom of the inning, Victor Martinez drilled his third homer of the season into the right-field stands. After leaving the bases loaded twice in extra innings in a loss Tuesday night, Collins ended his 0-for-30 stretch with a solo homer in the second inning, then added a three-run shot in the fifth.

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It wouldn't have been an unfair fate. Manny Machado and Davis hit RBI doubles, and Welington Castillo added a two-run single to make it 5-1.

"That was a lot of fun at the end, but that's a taxing night, especially at the beginning of a series", Davis said.

With the wind swirling on a warm day at Comerica Park, manager Buck Showalter said he was surprised more balls didn't go out. "Everybody's playing in the same ballpark". "And now we seem to be finding our step a little bit there and pitching's been a little less on this trip".

Danny Duffy picked up first victory since April 14, and Mike Moustakas belted a three-run homer as Kansas City defeated NY.

Jones said he thought he had a home run in the sixth, "but it didn't get out, so it doesn't matter what I think". Since coming off the disabled list, Martinez has hit.500 with five home runs and 11 driven in.

Freep Sports tweeted out a picture of the notes prior to the start of the Tigers' game against The Baltimore Orioles.

"Weren't necessarily clean, but nobody crossed the plate", Showalter said.

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