Orioles 7, Tigers 6 — FINAL
Delmon Young's three-run pinch-hit double in the bottom of the eighth capped a four-run inning for Baltimore, giving it the victory Friday afternoon and a 2-0 lead over Detroit in the American League Division Series.
Young ripped the first pitch he saw from Joakim Soria down the left field line, and when J.J. Hardy slid his hand under the tag it put Baltimore ahead for the first time since 2-0 after three innings. The American League leader with 10 pinch hits during the regular season, Young did his job just as asked for by Orioles manager Buck Showalter.
Zach Britton threw a perfect ninth to lock up the game, with Brad Brach getting the win in relief.
Detroit took a 5-2 lead in the fourth with five straight hits off Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen, including a three-run home run by J.D. Martinez followed by a solo shot from Nick Castellanos. Up 5-3 in the top of the eighth, Victor Martinez doubled to right-center to score Torii Hunter, but Miguel Cabrera was thrown out at home.
Cabrera likely would have scored one batter later on a fly out, but his out at home ended up being costly after the Tigers' bullpen imploded in the eighth.
Joba Chamberlain began the eighth for Detroit and after getting his first batter he hit Adam Jones and then gave up two singles to bring in a run and knock him out. Soria came in, walked Hardy to load the bases and then yielded the three-run double to Young.
Game 3 is scheduled for Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Comerica Park in Detroit. Baltimore will go with Miguel Gonzalez, while the Tigers put their postseason hopes in the hands of David Price.
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