Armando Galarraga pitched around some shoddy defense in the first two innings. In the first, Santiago made a two out error to extend the inning and Galarraga’s pitch count. In the second, Brennan Boesch lost Adam Jones’s liner. Jones was given a single but Boesch should have made the play. Fortunately, Galarraga was able to overcome both miscues and shut the O’s down.
The Tigers got on the board in the second when Alex Avila drove in a run with a two out single driving in Carlos Guillen from third.
With two on and two out in the third, Don Kelly made a great diving catch in center field to take a hit and an RBI away from Ty Wigginton.
Johnny Damon singled with one out in the third for his 2,500 career hit. Magglio Ordonez followed with a single to put runners at first and second with one out but Cabbie took a backwards K and Boesch flew out to end the inning with the Tigers failing to score.
Another runner in scoring position with less than two outs that the Tigers didn’t score.
Miguel Cabrerra made a fantastic play in the sixth. Weiters lead off with a double. Felix Pie hit a hard ground ball to first. Cabbie fielded the ball and threw Weiters out at third. Galarraga got Lugo to fly out but walked the ninth place hitter Izturis. Luckily, he struck out Patterson to end the inning and preserve the one run lead.
The Orioles had runners in each of the first seven innings and finally got to Galarraga in the 7th. Tejada singled to lead off the inning then Markakas hit a line drive over the right field wall to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead. Armando retired the next two hitters, but after a triple by Weiters, was relieved by Phil Coke.
Coke gave up a single to Pie to drive in Weiters. Coke was then relieved by Gonzalez.
While pitching to Lugo, Alex Avila threw out his second runner of the night at second, Pie, to end the inning.
The O’s picked up a run in the eighth but the Tigers responded with a 2 in the bottom of the inning. Cabbie tripled and came home on a single by B Money, Brennan Boesch. Guillen struck out but I Money, Brandon Inge, tripled in Boesch.
Avila struck out, Santiago walked and then Austin Jackson pinch hit for Don Kelly. Unfortunately, Ajax grounded out leaving the tying run at third.
The Orioles picked up another run in the ninth on a one out single by Lugo but the inning was set up when Santiago missed a ground ball at short that could have been a double play but ended up putting runners at first and third with nobody out.
Damon led off the ninth with a walk. Magglio struck out and Cabbie blasted a two run homer deep over the left field wall to tie the score.
Valverde pitched a scoreless tenth and Ryan Perry pitched a scoreless eleventh.
The Tigers ended it in the 11th when Ajax lead off with a single and then Johnny Damon slammed a 2 run homer to right.
With the Twins beating the Jay earlier, this was a huge win!