DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Collins snapped an 0-for-30 skid in style, hitting two home runs for the Detroit Tigers in a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
Collins hit a solo homer in the second inning and a three-run shot in the fifth, giving Detroit’s offense a boost while Miguel Cabrera sat out with a sore left side. 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.
Justin Wilson allowed two baserunners in the ninth but retired Adam Jones and Manny Machado for his third save in four chances. Machado struck out to end it when first base umpire C.B. Bucknor ruled he swung at the final pitch. Machado, who had tried to check his swing, slammed his helmet down in frustration after the call.
Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2) allowed five runs in five innings.
Hitless since May 1, Collins left the bases loaded twice in extra innings Tuesday, but he connected in the second Wednesday to tie the game at 1. Ian Kinsler put Detroit ahead with an RBI single later in the inning.
The Orioles scored twice in the fourth — one of the runs was unearned because of a throwing error by shortstop Jose Iglesias — and an RBI double by Mark Trumbo in the fifth gave Baltimore a 4-2 lead.
Collins came up in the bottom half with two on and two outs and gave the Tigers the lead again with a drive to right. He also added a double in the eighth.
Baltimore won Tuesday night’s game 13-11 in 13 innings after Trumbo tied it for the Orioles with a ninth-inning homer. The Tigers nearly let Wednesday’s game slip away as well.
Jones was 10 for 20 with runners in scoring position this season when he came up in the ninth with men on first and second and one out. Wilson got him to hit a fly to right, and Machado’s at-bat ended on the call by Bucknor.
Welington Castillo had three hits for the Orioles for a second straight night.
The Orioles recalled right-hander Miguel Castro from Double-A Bowie and right-hander Stefan Crichton from Triple-A Norfolk. The team optioned left-hander Donnie Hart to Norfolk and designated catcher Francisco Pena for assignment.
Orioles: All-Star closer Zach Britton (left forearm strain) is expected to throw from 60 feet Thursday, according to manager Buck Showalter.
Tigers: Cabrera was a late scratch from the lineup, and a team spokesman said he was expected to have further testing.
Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (5-1) takes the mound in the series finale Thursday. He’s had a quality start in all eight of his outings this season.
Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (3-2) will try to reach 1,000 career strikeouts. He needs nine more.