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Martinezes homer in Tigers win over Orioles

Sports Xchange - Friday 19th May, 2017

DETROIT -- Victor Martinez hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in his final game of the week and J.D. Martinez supplied a three-run blast as the Detroit Tigers edged the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Thursday afternoon.

Victor Martinez's long ball in the fifth erased a 4-3 deficit. Manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday morning that Victor Martinez would be placed on the paternity list after the game and miss the weekend series against the Texas Rangers. He will return to Orlando, Fla., for the birth of his fourth child.

J.D. Martinez's homer was his third of the three-game series, as the Tigers (20-19) took two out of three from the Orioles (23-16).

Jordan Zimmermann (4-2) pitched six innings and got the win despite giving up four runs, including two home runs. Zimmermann, who has allowed 10 homers in his last five starts, struck out six. Alex Wilson collected his second save, while Alex Avila doubled twice and knocked in a run.

Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Seth Smith homered for the Orioles. Losing pitcher Dylan Bundy (5-2) gave up six runs on eight hits in six innings.

Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado missed his first game of the season because of a sore finger.

Davis' two-out, two-run homer in the first put the Orioles on the board. Baltimore used three singles to score another run in the second, with Smith delivering the RBI hit.

Jose Iglesias' double and Nicholas Castellanos' infield hit preceded J.D. Martinez's one-out, three-run shot into the Orioles bullpen, tying the game at 3-3 in the third.

Jones put the Orioles back in front with his two-out solo shot in the fifth, which just carried over the left-field wall.

Baltimore's lead didn't last long. After J.D. Martinez walked with one out in the bottom of the inning, Victor Martinez drilled his third homer of the season into the right-field stands. Detroit made it 6-4 later in the inning on Avila's run-scoring double.

Smith's solo homer off reliever Blaine Hardy moved the Orioles within one.

NOTES: Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera missed his second consecutive game with a Grade 1 oblique strain. He is expected to sit out at least one more game. "Hopefully, it's very short term," manager Brad Ausmus said. ... Orioles RHP Gabriel Ynoa will throw a bullpen session Friday and face batters "a day or two later," according to manager Buck Showalter, before Ynoa begins a rehab assignment. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list May 6 with a right hamstring strain. ... Baltimore RHP Chris Tillman will make his third start of the season in the opener of a weekend series against Toronto on Friday. "I'm looking forward to him getting in a groove and pitching like he's capable of," Showalter said. ... Tyler Collins' multi-homer game on Wednesday was the first by a Tigers center fielder since Curtis Granderson did it on July 29, 2009.

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