Baltimore, MD (WKZO) – After a tremendous month of May, Miguel Cabrera has started the month of June on the same type of tear. After Cabrera became the first person in the history of baseball to start June 1st with a batting average above .340, with 15+ HR and 60+ RBI he continued to punish pitching smoking his fourth career grand slam to cap off a eight run fourth inning as the Tigers rolled over the Orioles 10-3 to end their four game losing streak.
Cabrera’s grand slam came after the Tiger had already scored four runs in the fourth, three of them coming from back-to-back-to-back home runs from Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avila off Baltimore starter Jason Hammel, who was ejected after hitting Matt Tuiasosopo following Avila’s home run. T.J. McFarland came on after Hammel and wasn’t any better. The first batter he faced, Avisail Garcia, singled, then allowed Tuiasosopo to score on a single by Omar Infante, to put the Tigers up 5-1. Andy Dirks followed Infante’s single with a walk to load the bases before Cabrera’s 17th home run of the year put the game well out of reach and was easily more than enough runs for Tigers ace Justin Verlander.
Verlander (7-4) went seven innings allowing three runs – all earned – while giving up eight hits and striking out five and walking one but did give up two home runs to JJ Hardy. His two home runs were his his 11th and 12th of the season. His first came in the 3rd inning for the Orioles first run. Hardy’s second home run in the fifth, another solo shot, cut the Tigers’ lead to 9-3.
Prince Fielder hit the Tigers fifth home, his first long ball since May 10th, a solo shot to give the Tigers a double digit run total. It was Fielder’s 10th home run of the year.
*After allowing a single to Nate McLouth, Verlander got Manny Machado to ground to Omar Infante at second who started the 4-6-3 double play ending the first inning.
*Matt Tuiasosopo slammed a 3-2 pitch to left field scoring Victor Martinez from third for the Tigers first run. The RBI was the 13th for Tuiasosopo. Tuiasosopo added a double in the fifth and now is hitting .333 after Saturday’s 2 for 3 performance.
*Verlander was able to pitch out of trouble after allowing a single and a walk to start the sixth he set down the next three Orioles in order to get out of the inning.
*Drew Smyly replaced Verlander and pitched the final two innings. He shut the Orioles down 1-2-3 in the eighth and after letting the first two hitters reach in the ninth, he set the final three hitters down in order.
*Jason Hammel walked Victor Martinez and gave up a single to Jhonny Peralta to start the second but then got Alex Avila to hit a grounder to Ryan Flaherty at second who made a spectacular diving stop to begin a 4-6-3 double play for the Orioles.
*Chris Davis drove home Manny Machado from second for the Orioles second run of the game in the fourth inning. Davis has 51 RBIs this season, second most in the AL, trailing only Cabrera who has 65.
*Omar Infante and Andy Dirks each singled to start the eighth, but Cabrera, Fielder, and Martinez were set down in order stranding the runners.
Game Notes: The last time the Tigers hit back-to-back-to-back home runs was against the Twins on June 24th, 2001 and this was the first time since 9/10/86 vs. Milwaukee since the Tigers hit four home runs in the same inning…The Tigers remain a half-game ahead of Cleveland for the AL Central lead…All nine Tiger starters recorded hits…This was the Tigers 30th victory of the season. Tigers didn’t get win their 30th win until June 14th last season…Rick Porcello (2-2, 5.29) is the scheduled starter for Sunday’s series finale. Kevin Gausman (0-2, 11.00) makes his third career start of the Orioles.