Tigers 4, Orioles 3
Winner: A. Wilson (3-0)
Loser: Brach (8-3)
Save: Rodriguez (40)
THE BAD: Brad Brach’s first batter, Victor Martinez, hit a home run in the bottom of the eighth for the lead.
THE GOOD: Kevin Gausman wasn’t as sharp as he was in his last three starts, allowing three runs in six innings, but his four-game winning streak stays intact due to the Orioles tying the game in the top of the eighth.
THE UGLY: The Orioles and Tigers are now tied for the second wild card with records of 76-64.
SCORELESS STREAK ENDS: Gausman’s scoreless streak ended at 20 innings when Detroit scored a run in the second on Erick Aybar’s double.
BIG BLOW FOR SCHOOP: Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning off starter Michael Fulmer. It was Schoop’s 22nd and the team’s 220th of the season.
BATS QUIET: Schoop’s home run was just the third hit Fulmer allowed. The Rookie of the Year candidate gave up two runs on three hits in seven innings.
KIM ROBBED: Hyun Soo Kim’s fly ball to left in the third inning was kept in the ballpark by Tigers left fielder Justin Upton.
BIG ARM: As Mark Trumbo caught Victor Martinez’s fly ball in right, Ian Kinsler tagged at third. Kinsler look back towards the ball as Trumbo threw, and Matt Wieters caught the ball just up from home plate and applied the tag on Kinsler for the third out of the third inning.
BIG STRIKEOUT: Victor Martinez was struck out by Gausman in the fifth for the second out, but J.D. Martinez singled for two runs, and the Tigers took a 3-0 lead.
TIED: The Orioles tied the game at 3 on Adam Jones’ RBI single, but the game wasn’t tied for long.
COMING UP: Ubaldo Jimenez (6-11, 6.19) faces Jordan Zimmermann (9-5, 4.44) on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m.
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