Leonys Martin ripped his first career grand slam, and the Detroit Tigers completed a three-game series sweep while handing the Baltimore Orioles their sixth straight loss 13-8 on Thursday.
Martin had three hits and scored three runs while Jeimer Candelario went 4-for-4, including a homer, and drove in three runs as the Tigers scored a season high in runs. Jose Iglesias had three hits, two runs scored and three RBIs.
Winning pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (1-0) gave up four runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. Zimmermann exited his last start on April 11 in the first inning after being struck in the jaw by a line drive.
Manny Machado hit a pair of solo homers and drove in four runs for Baltimore. Chris Davis supplied a two-run shot, and Adam Jones contributed three doubles.
Losing pitcher Alex Cobb (0-2) allowed seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.
The Tigers scored in the first on Victor Martinez’s RBI single.
Davis hit his second homer this season to give Baltimore a short-lived 2-1 lead in the second.
Detroit roared right back with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Iglesias knocked in the first two with a triple. Candelario’s single and Nicholas Castellanos’ fielder’s choice grounder brought in the other runs.
Machado cut the Tigers’ advantage to 5-3 in the third with his first homer of the game.
Candelario made it 7-3 in the fourth when, with Martin on base, he drilled his third homer over the wall in left-center.
The Tigers blew the game open with their five-run fifth. They loaded the bases with no outs on three consecutive singles. Dixon Machado was hit by a pitch to force in a run before Martin’s slam to right-center.
Manny Machado crushed his fifth homer of the season to left in the sixth.
Machado’s run-scoring groundout and Adam Jones’ ground-rule double cut the Tigers’ lead to 12-6 in the seventh.
Iglesias’ RBI double in the eighth brought home Detroit’s final run. Machado and Jones had run-scoring doubles for the Orioles in the ninth.
—Field Level Media