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Tigers rally to give O's their first three-game skid

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- Craig Monroe and Dmitri Young helped the Detroit Tigers accomplish what no other team in the majors has done this season: hand the Baltimore Orioles a third consecutive defeat.

Monroe's third homer in three games highlighted a six-run seventh inning, and the Tigers completed a three-game sweep with an 8-6 victory Sunday.

Young went 3-for-4 with a homer, two doubles and three RBI. He's 10-for-21 with three homers against the Orioles this season, one reason why Detroit is 4-1 against Baltimore after going 0-6 last year.

The Tigers came in with a four-game losing streak, but now they're on a roll.

"It's nice to break through what kind of skid we've been on and be able to sweep a first-place team like the Baltimore Orioles," Young said. "We came here and regrouped."

Five times previously, the AL East-leading Orioles put the brakes on a two-game skid. After taking a 6-1 lead in the fifth inning, Baltimore appeared poised to do it again.

But the bullpen ruined a fine effort by starter Bruce Chen.

Baltimore led 6-2 in the seventh when Chen was replaced by Steve Reed after walking leadoff hitter Vance Wilson. Reed (0-2) gave up two singles to load the bases, then retired Ramon Martinez on a short fly ball before Young hit a two-run double.

Monroe followed with his eighth homer, a three-run shot to left, to make it 7-6. Monroe homered in each of the three games in the series after going 10 games without a home run.

"He threw me a good slider but I was able to stay down through it and drive it out," Monroe said.

Omar Infante, who struck out three times against Chen, added an RBI single off Steve Kline.

Detroit's previous biggest comeback this season was from a two-run deficit, on May 11 against Texas. The Tigers' sweep of Baltimore ended a road trip that began with three straight losses against the New York Yankees.

"I think it's going to do a lot for this team," Monroe said. "We went into New York and we didn't fare well. You left there not feeling good, but to come here and take three from these guys definitely lifts that confidence level."

Chris Spurling (1-0) allowed two runs in two innings in relief of starter Wilfredo Ledezma.

Ugueth Urbina, the sixth Detroit pitcher, worked the ninth for his eighth save, the third in the series.

Baltimore opens a 13-game road trip Monday with a four-game series against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

"Today would have been a big win for us, but we've got to move on," said Rafael Palmeiro, who made the final out.

As they prepared to depart, the Orioles hoped to leave behind all thoughts of a game that completed a lost weekend.

"There's nothing we can do about what just happened. We have to go in tomorrow ready to play," manager Lee Mazzilli said. "I know there are some guys that are a little ticked off in (the clubhouse), and that's good."

The Orioles took a 6-1 lead with a five-run fifth. Rookie Jeff Fiorentino hit a leadoff single, and Brian Roberts walked before B.J. Surhoff lined a two-run triple to right-center, chasing Ledezma. Before that hit, Baltimore was 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Spurling then retired Melvin Mora on a grounder and issued an intentional walk to Miguel Tejada before Sammy Sosa popped an RBI single to center. Chris Gomez followed with a run-scoring double, Jay Gibbons received an intentional walk, and Geronimo Gil hit a sacrifice fly. Young hit his second homer in three games in the sixth.

"Dmitri hits the home run, I thought we have a chance," Detroit manager Alan Trammell said.

Chen retired the first 11 batters before Young lined a double down the left-field line with two outs in the fourth. Monroe then lifted a fly ball to right-center that center fielder Fiorentino and Sosa both called for. They collided, the ball popped out of Sosa's glove, and Young scored the game's first run on Sosa's error.

Baltimore tied it in the bottom half. Tejada and Sosa drew walks and moved up on a sacrifice before Gibbons hit a run-scoring groundout.

Notes

  • Roberts extended his career-high hitting streak to 18 games with a leadoff double in the first.
  • Wilson snapped an 0-for-17 slide with a fifth-inning single.
  • Gomez got his 1,000th career hit, a seventh-inning single.
 
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Sammy Sosa is charged with an error as he collides with Jeff Fiorentino on a fly ball.  (AP)
Sammy Sosa is charged with an error as he collides with Jeff Fiorentino on a fly ball. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

C. Monroe
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Detroit

D. Young
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Detroit Tigers
Brandon Inge, 3B4110110 .306
Ramon Martinez, SS5000017 .267
    Jason Smith, SS0000000 .200
Dmitri Young, 1B4333000 .279
Craig Monroe, RF5113011 .268
Ivan Rodriguez, DH5120001 .288
Marcus Thames, LF4010122 .213
Omar Infante, 2B5011033 .233
Vance Wilson, C3110101 .125
Nook Logan, CF4130010 .307
Totals3981373915 
Batting
2B - Dmitri Young 2 (11, Chen, Reed), Ivan Rodriguez (14, Kline), Nook Logan (7, Julio)
HR - Dmitri Young (8, Chen), Craig Monroe (7, Reed)
RBI - Dmitri Young 3 (25), Craig Monroe 3 (31), Omar Infante (19)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Martinez-Infante-Young
E - Wil Ledezma (2, WIld pickoff attempt)
Detroit Tigers
Wil Ledezma 4344530 6.75
Chris Spurling (W,1-0) 2422220 3.00
Kyle Farnsworth (H,9) 1100010 2.86
Jamie Walker (H,3) 0.2100000 1.96
Franklyn German (H,3) 0.1000000 2.37
Ugueth Urbina (S,8) 1000000 2.96
IBB - Tejada by Chris Spurling, by Gibbons
WP - Chris Spurling (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Wil Ledezma 89-49, Chris Spurling 42-22, Kyle Farnsworth 9-7, Jamie Walker 12-8, Franklyn German 4-3, Ugueth Urbina 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wil Ledezma 5-4, Chris Spurling 2-2, Kyle Farnsworth 1-0, Jamie Walker 2-0
Batters Faced - Wil Ledezma 20, Chris Spurling 12, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Jamie Walker 3, Franklyn German 1, Ugueth Urbina 3
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4110101 .374
B.J. Surhoff, LF5122002 .283
Melvin Mora, 3B5010002 .300
Miguel Tejada, SS3200213 .315
Sammy Sosa, RF3111202 .254
Chris Gomez, 1B2021100 .432
   a- Rafael Palmeiro, PH1000000 .277
Jay Gibbons, DH3001113 .261
Geronimo Gil, C3001024 .182
Jeff Fiorentino, CF3110024 .250
   b- Napoleon Calzado, PH-CF10100001.000
Totals336967621 
a-flied out for Gomez in the 9th
b-singled for Fiorentino in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (12, Ledezma), Chris Gomez (4, Spurling)
3B - B.J. Surhoff (2, Ledezma)
SF - Geronimo Gil (1)
SH - Chris Gomez (2)
RBI - B.J. Surhoff 2 (12), Sammy Sosa (16), Chris Gomez (8), Jay Gibbons (26), Geronimo Gil (8)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Tejada-B. Roberts-Gomez, Mora-B. Roberts-Gomez
E - Sammy Sosa (2, Dropped fly)
Baltimore Orioles
Bruce Chen 6532271 3.46
Steve Reed (BS,1; L,0-2) 0.1444001 7.11
Steve Kline 0.2211100 5.60
Jorge Julio 1100000 2.45
James Baldwin 1100020 0.00
HBP - Young (by James Baldwin)
Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 106-68, Steve Reed 20-14, Steve Kline 14-7, Jorge Julio 8-7, James Baldwin 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 4-8, Steve Kline 1-0, Jorge Julio 2-0
Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 26, Steve Reed 5, Steve Kline 4, Jorge Julio 3, James Baldwin 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37061
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman