In six days, the Orioles have lost two key hitters. A week ago, Nick Markakis broke his left thumb after getting hit by a pitch, and Friday, Wilson Betemit reinjured his right wrist taking batting practice.Betemit was on the disabled list last month with the same injury. After his reactivation two weeks ago, he played little until Markakis was out. Hell fly to Sarasota, Fla. for an examination.Without the switch-hitting Betemit, the Orioles are short a key player on the bench.Betemit is batting .302 against left-handers and just .140against right-handers. His absence points out the lack of viable bench options.Theirright-handers are Lew Ford, who has been DHing and playing right field againsnt someleft-handers. Beyond Ford, the Orioles have backup catchers Luis Exposito and Taylor Teagarden, utility man Steve Tolleson and outfielder L.J. Hoes, who has yet to bat in the major leagues, asright-handedbench options.From the left, the Orioles have outfielders Xavier Avery and Endy Chavez, infielders Ryan Flaherty and Omar Quintanilla.The Orioles could call up first baseman Joe Mahoney from Norfolk for left-handed hitting help or purchase the contract of catcher Ronny Paulino from Norfolk. Paulino, whose season ended on Sept 3, is a weak defender, but could add right-handed punch, He was with the team for much of the first half and was the DH six times.Room would have to be created on the 40-man roster. If Betemits injury is truly season-ending, he could be placed on the 60-day DL.Left-handed hitting Jim Thome, who's been on the DL since late July, could also come back, but his return isn't imminent.
DETROIT - Leonys Martin hit his first big league grand slam, Jeimer Candelario had four hits and three RBIs, and the Detroit Tigers beat Baltimore 13-8 Thursday to extend the Orioles' losing streak to six.
Jordan Zimmermann (1-0) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, allowing two home runs to Manny Machado and one to Chris Davis. Zimmermann was pitching for the first time since being hit in the jaw by a line drove off the bat of Cleveland's Jason Kipnis on April 11.
Alex Cobb (0-2) made his second start after signing a $57 million, four-year contract in spring training and his ERA rose to 15.43. He allowed seven runs - five earned - and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Machado had four RBIs for the Orioles, who were outhit 18-14 in the game and outscored 23-15 in the three-game sweep.
Victor Martinez hit an RBI single in the first, but Davis put Baltimore ahead with a two-run homer in the second, his sixth hit and fourth homer in 10 career at-bats against Zimmermann.
Detroit went ahead for good with four runs in the bottom half after third baseman Tim Beckham's throwing error allowed James McCann to reach base leading off. Jose Iglesias hit a two-run triple, Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single and Nick Castellanos a run-scoring groundout.
Machado's homer in the third cut Baltimore's deficit to 5-2, but Candelario's two-run homer extended the lead to 7-2 in the bottom half. Martin homered off Mike Wright Jr. in a five-run fifth.
DETROIT -- Dixon Machado came to the plate with only one big league homer to his name, but the way this game was going, anything seemed possible.
"Walking to the plate I was thinking, `What if I hit a homer right here?'" the Detroit infielder said. "He threw me a fastball away but when he came in with a pitch I was ready for it and I just hit it hard."
Machado led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run , capping a wild final two innings and lifting the Tigers over the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday. Detroit led 2-1 before each team scored three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth.
Baltimore's Luis Sardinas tied it with a solo shot off Shane Greene (1-0) in the top of the ninth, but then the 26-year-old Machado hit a line drive off Pedro Araujo (1-2) that cleared the fence in left field. It was his second homer in 299 big league at-bats.
The game was moved from 6:40 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. in anticipation of bad weather. Although it was a sparse crowd, to say the least , the sun did come out, and those fans in attendance were treated to quite a few homers.
Miguel Cabrera went deep on his 35th birthday, and Jeimer Candelario and John Hicks also homered for Detroit. Hicks hit a three-run shot in the eighth that put the Tigers up 5-4.
Danny Valencia hit a solo homer for the Orioles, who have lost five straight.
Detroit's Matthew Boyd allowed a run, two hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six. Baltimore's Kevin Gausman allowed two runs and nine hits in six-plus innings.
Cabrera's solo homer put the Tigers up 2-1 in the sixth, but Manny Machado and Chris Davis hit RBI singles as part of a three-run rally by Baltimore in the eighth. The drive by Davis was nearly a home run, but it hit the wall and stayed in play.
"There were obviously a couple bad breaks -- our ball hits the top of the fence and comes back and their ball goes over -- but there were four or five breaks we got during the game on bounces or pitch calls," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "If you lose focus and start feeling sorry for yourselves, every team you play is going to take advantage and step on your throat."