More than four months ago, Taylor Teagarden injured his back lifting weights. The Orioles thought it was a minor injury. They waited and waited on him. The waiting finally ended Saturday when Teagarden, inserted into the game two innings earlier, hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 13th, to give the Orioles an 8-6 win over the Detroit Tigers before 43,215 disbelieving fans at Oriole Park.After the Tigers (46-42) took at 6-5 lead in the top of the 13th on Quintin Berrys RBI single, J.J. Hardy broke an 0-for-28 slump with his 13th home run of the year off Joaquin Benoit (1-2) to tie the game at 6. Benoit hit Adam Jones with a pitch, and Teagarden hit a 1-2 pitch to right-center for the game-winner.I never thought I would see this day, Teagarden said. I felt like it was miles away.Before the game, the Orioles activated Teagarden, hoping for better defense. Instead, he hit his first home since Aug. 18, 2010.Oh man, I wanted to run home as fast as I could, Teagarden said.At home, he was met by teammates who jumped him and later surprised him with a shaving cream pie.I never had a walkoff home run, Teagarden said. I was really amped.
Kevin Gregg (3-2), the Orioles eighth pitcher, was the winner. He retired the only batter he faced in the 13th.The Orioles (46-41) had a 4-1 lead heading into the ninth, but Jim Johnson was uncharacteristically hittable and blew just his second save of the season.I did more bad than good today, but that happens, Johnson said. Obviously with a three-run lead, that shouldnt happen. I was obviously upset about it. I got over it by the 12th, and I was out there rooting for the guys.The Orioles may have to add a pitcher for Sunday, but they have limited options on the 40-marn roster.The biggest problem I had with blowing it was we had to throw all the extra guys out of the bullpen. Obviously, thats on me, Johnson said.The Orioles have won 10 straight extra-inning games.Its exhausting, but its exciting when you win, Hardy said. It was a lot of fun to jump on Teagarden there after he stepped on home plate.Detroit (45-43) tied the game in the ninth, took a 5-4 lead in the 11th, but the Orioles tied it in the bottom of the inning.Jason Hammel said after the game he was considering knee surgery, and without him, the default staff ace is Wei-Yin Chen. On Saturday, Chen pitched as if he welcomed that title.Chen pitched six marvelous innings, allowing just a run and two hits, but didnt get the win because of Johnsons blown save.Looking for his first win in five starts, Chen had three losses and a notable no-decision in the four outings. On July 3, he was terrific for seven innings in Seattle, but the bullpen blew the lead in the eighth. It happened again.Chen allowed a first-inning run on Prince Fielders RBI double, but then went into shutdown mode, retiring 15 straight Tigers hitters.In the sixth, after Chen retired the first two Detroit hitters, Chen walked Ramon Santiago and gave up a single to Miguel Cabrera. Fielder fouled out to left fielder Chris Davis.By then, the Orioles had a three-run lead.In the first, Nick Markakis led off with a double. Hardy bunted him to third, and Jim Thome doubled off Max Scherzer to tie the score at 1.Robert Andinos fifth home run of the year, a two-run shot, gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead, and Davis infield out scored Jones with the fourth run.Chen left after six. He walked two and struck out five. Im really happy that we finally got a win today, Chen said through his interpreter.Hes not upset with the blown save.Thats part of the game. Theres nothing you can do, Chen said.In the ninth, Johnson gave up the three runs. Ryan Flaherty, inserted as a defensive replacement, made a key error, and the game was tied at 4.In the 11th, Miguel Socolovich, making his major league debut allowed a run that scored on Alex Avilas RBI single to give Detroit a 5-4 lead.In the bottom of the 11th, Jones singled off Jose Valverde to score Markakis to make it 5-all. NOTES:-Chris Tillman has had back spasms, so his scheduled start has been pushed back a day. Hell start Monday in Minnesota. Miguel Gonzalez (1-0, 1.93) will pitch against Justin Verlander (9-5, 2.58) on Sunday.-Dylan Bundy allowed two hits and an unearned run in five innings in Fredericks game against Carolina. He walked one and struck out eight.