BALTIMORE—Mike Wright knew he was done after he had thrown seven innings and 108 pitches, more than he had ever thrown.
One of those pitches, by Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera landed over the Tigers bullpen in left center, a full 462 feet away. He didn’t watch.
After 6 ½ innings, the Orioles led 3-2, but two innings, later, the score was much different.
Thanks to three homers in the last two innings, the Orioles made another tight game into a late-inning romp, and ended up with a 9-3 win over Detroit before 32,178 at Oriole Park on Friday night.
Wright (2-3) allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings, but again home runs were the topic of the night.
Could he have expected the taut game to morph into a blowout?
“Yea. I mean, have you looked at our lineup? God. They hit one home run 460. We hit a bunch. That’s exciting. That’s really nice to see, your offense clicking like it’s clicking right now,” Wright said.
Jonathan Schoop had two home runs and drove in a career high five runs, Matt Wieters had a two-run shot and Adam Jones had his fourth home run in five games.
The Orioles (23-12), who have won seven straight games for the second time this season, have 54 home runs and are on a pace to hit 249.
Detroit (15-21), has lost 11 of 12, and manager Brad Ausmus, is feeling the heat. His team took a 2-0 lead on Miguel Cabrera’s mammoth home run, and then the Orioles went to work.
It seems the Orioles truly think they can always come back.
“Everybody's going to say that, all 29 other teams. But some people think it and others believe it,” manager Buck Showalter said.
The game was scoreless until the sixth when Cabrera hit one of the longest home runs ever hit at Oriole Park.
“It’s painful. You never want to give up a home run, it doesn’t matter who it’s to. That’s a really, really long home run. It’s the same as a shorter home run, just like anybody. It doesn’t matter who’s in the box. I’m trying to get him out, especially when it’s a big-name guy and that’s the guy you’re trying not to let hurt you. You know, I can’t let that happen. As far as the distance goes? It’s all right. It’ll make some highlight videos,” Wright said.
For the second time in just 35 games, the Orioles have a seven-game winning streak. They began the season by winning a franchise-best seven straight, and now have equaled it.
On Sunday, they’ll try for their longest winning streak since Apr. 22-May 1, 2005 when they won eight straight.
Anibal Sanchez (3-4) gave up two hits through the first five. In the sixth, Jones doubled to left with one out in the sixth, and after Chris Davis flied to right, Mark Trumbo doubled over left fielder Steven Moya’s head to score Jones.
Wieters homered to right, his second of the year, and first since Apr. 19, and the Orioles led 3-2.
“It’s nice to hit a homer any time, but especially the way Mike battled out there. I went out there in the sixth and told him, just keep us at 2-0. He was able to do it, and for the bats to come alive there and get him a win is big,” Wieters said.
Jonathan Schoop lined a home run to left field, his sixth, leading off the seventh to give the Orioles (23-12) a 4-2 lead.
Brad Brach started the eighth inning by allowing a double to Ian Kinsler. After he struck out J.D. Martinez and retired Cabrera on a foul to first, Victor Martinez singled to left, and it was 4-3.
Jones led off the eighth with his fifth home run of the year. Davis walked, Trumbo singled, and with one out, Ryan Flaherty reached on an infield single. Schoop hit a home run to deep left field, his seventh of the season and his second career grand slam.
“This team is capable of doing anything. No matter if you’re losing by seven, six, five runs, you believe you can score the same amount of runs. We believe we have the team to do it,” Schoop said.
Brach pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season. Showalter said that he wasn’t going to use Darren O’Day or Zach Britton because they had worked two straight games.
NOTES: The Orioles are 16-5 at home. Their 16 home wins are the most in baseball. …The Orioles have hit three grand slams this season. … Brach saved one game last season. … Michael Fulmer (2-1, 6.00) face Kevin Gausman (0-1, 2.16) on Sunday.