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O's explode for four in 10th; Tigers' lead in Central just one game

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DETROIT -- It might have just gotten tougher for the Detroit Tigers to hold off the surging Minnesota Twins in the AL Central.

After Baltimore beat the Tigers 12-8 on Sunday in 10 innings -- cutting their division lead to a game over Minnesota -- second baseman Placido Polanco said his season is over.

"I'm out for the year," Polanco said.

Polanco was put on the disabled list on Aug. 16 with a separated left shoulder after making a tumbling catch at Boston. He was expected to be out four to six weeks.

Polanco recently started to hit and was sore after batting practice Saturday, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. Polanco did not hit before Sunday's game.

If Polanco is out for the season -- and not just reacting emotionally to a possible setback -- it would be a blow to the slumping Tigers. Team trainer Kevin Rand said Polanco still has day-to-day status, according to team spokesman Rick Thompson.

Since leading the AL Central by 10 games after play on Aug. 7, Detroit has lost 24 of 37 games and seen its lead almost vanish.

"That our lead was 10 games in August is irrelevant now," said Sean Casey, whose two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning made it 8-all. "We can't do anything about that now."

The Tigers, who haven't been to the playoffs since 1987, can do something about their postseason positioning this week.

Detroit opens a three-game series Monday on the road against the third-place White Sox, who might end up competing with the Tigers for the AL's wild card if they can't stop their slump. The White Sox are five games behind.

"Things are tight for us, but they're tight for Minnesota and Chicago, too," Casey said. "It's fun.

"This is what you play for, to go to Chicago in September with games that mean something."

It was difficult to tell the Orioles -- who had lost 14 of 18 to fall a season-high 22 games under .500 -- had only pride on the line in the series finale at Detroit.

Miguel Tejada hit a tiebreaking single to spark a four-run 10th inning for the Orioles, who lost a 4-1 lead in the fourth.

"That was a real battle," Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said. "I give each club credit. They both went out there and fought like they were in a pennant race.

"Our guys just kept battling away. They just kept going. I've been saying that all along. I'm proud of them."

Brian Roberts led off the 10th with a single, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Tejada's hit. The Orioles added three more runs off Jason Grilli (2-3).

Chris Ray (2-3) pitched 2 1/3 innings and earned the win after blowing his fifth save in 36 opportunities.

"I got myself into the situation, I figured I might as well finish it," Ray said.

The Orioles took an 8-6 lead on Chris Gomez's RBI single in the seventh and Nick Markakis' solo homer in the eighth.

Gomez, Markakis, Melvin Mora and Kevin Millar hit homers for the Orioles. Gomez and Ramon Hernandez each had four hits, matching career highs.

Left fielder Jeff Fiorentino made a leaping catch that might've gone over the wall, preventing Matt Stairs from pulling the Tigers within a run in the eighth.

Detroit starter Wilfredo Ledezma allowed five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, his shortest of five starts this season and his second straight poor performance.

After Baltimore scored three in the fourth, the Tigers scored five in the home half -- three on Neifi Perez's double -- to go ahead 6-5.

"We fought hard. We just couldn't stop them," Leyland said. "Our pitching wasn't good and that's rare for us."

Kenny Rogers, on an extra day of rest, will start for the Tigers on Monday against Chicago.

Daniel Cabrera gave up six runs, four hits and four walks while striking out six for the Orioles.

Notes

  • Baltimore RHP Rodrigo Lopez pitched two innings of perfect relief, but didn't pitch in the seventh because he felt tightness in his biceps. "We'll look at it tomorrow and make a decision," Perlozzo said.
  • Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya (wrist) pitched for the first time since Sept. 9 and still had his velocity, throwing a pitch 102 mph to Mora.
 
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Baltimore's Daniel Cabrera is chased after four innings, but the O's offense gets it done in 10.  (AP)
Baltimore's Daniel Cabrera is chased after four innings, but the O's offense gets it done in 10. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

R. Hernandez
AB 4
R 4
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Detroit

S. Casey
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B6130013 .293
Melvin Mora, 3B5221013 .276
Nick Markakis, RF5211123 .302
Miguel Tejada, DH6111011 .327
Ramon Hernandez, C4441100 .276
Kevin Millar, 1B4123222 .263
Corey Patterson, CF5011023 .273
Chris Gomez, SS6143001 .320
Jeff Fiorentino, LF4000103 .263
Totals451218115919 
Batting
2B - Ramon Hernandez 2 (27, Ledezma, Miner)
HR - Melvin Mora (16, Ledezma), Nick Markakis (16, Rodney), Kevin Millar (14, Ledezma), Chris Gomez (2, Ledezma)
SF - Corey Patterson (1)
SH - Melvin Mora (5)
RBI - Melvin Mora (78), Nick Markakis (59), Miguel Tejada (94), Ramon Hernandez (85), Kevin Millar 3 (57), Corey Patterson (48), Chris Gomez 3 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Hernandez (33), Chris Gomez 2 (2)
SB - Melvin Mora (10, 2nd base off Miner/Rodriguez), Corey Patterson (41, 3rd base off Zumaya/Rodriguez), Chris Gomez (1, 2nd base off Zumaya/Rodriguez)
CS - Brian Roberts (7, 2nd base by Miner/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Gomez-B. Roberts-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Daniel Cabrera 4466460 5.10
Rodrigo Lopez 2000010 5.82
James Hoey (H,3) 0.1100000 11.42
Brian Burres (H,2) 0.1000010 5.40
Chris Britton (H,5) 0.1000000 3.55
Todd Williams (H,12) 0.2011100 4.83
Chris Ray (BS,5; W,3-4) 2.1211111 2.95
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 77-41, Rodrigo Lopez 18-12, James Hoey 8-3, Brian Burres 4-3, Chris Britton 2-2, Todd Williams 10-6, Chris Ray 29-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 3-2, Rodrigo Lopez 2-3, James Hoey 1-0, Todd Williams 1-1
Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 19, Rodrigo Lopez 6, James Hoey 2, Brian Burres 1, Chris Britton 1, Todd Williams 3, Chris Ray 10
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3110021 .263
   a- Craig Monroe, PH-CF^LF2000011 .261
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000111 .292
Matt Stairs, DH5000020 .244
Magglio Ordonez, RF4100100 .293
Carlos Guillen, SS4210110 .312
Sean Casey, 1B5223000 .279
Marcus Thames, LF2100210 .254
    Brent Clevlen, PR-CF0000000 .314
Brandon Inge, 3B3121110 .249
Neifi Perez, 2B3013002 .240
Totals35877695 
a-struck out for Granderson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Neifi Perez (14, Cabrera)
3B - Curtis Granderson (7, Cabrera)
HR - Sean Casey (6, Ray)
SH - Neifi Perez (3)
RBI - Sean Casey 3 (54), Brandon Inge (74), Neifi Perez 3 (29)
2-OUT RBI - Sean Casey 3 (15), Brandon Inge (29), Neifi Perez 3 (10)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Brandon Inge (20, ), Magglio Ordonez (7, )
Detroit Tigers
Wil Ledezma 3.2755123 3.81
Zach Miner 1211110 4.55
Jamie Walker 0.2200010 1.90
Joel Zumaya 1.2311130 2.06
Fernando Rodney 1111011 3.18
Todd Jones 1000010 4.24
Jason Grilli (L,2-3) 1343200 4.31
IBB - Markakis by Jason Grilli, by Hernandez
HBP - Hernandez (by Fernando Rodney)
WP - Jason Grilli (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Wil Ledezma 68-47, Zach Miner 17-8, Jamie Walker 7-6, Joel Zumaya 36-22, Fernando Rodney 21-12, Todd Jones 12-9, Jason Grilli 22-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wil Ledezma 5-4, Zach Miner 1-0, Fernando Rodney 1-1, Todd Jones 2-0, Jason Grilli 2-1
Batters Faced - Wil Ledezma 19, Zach Miner 5, Jamie Walker 4, Joel Zumaya 9, Fernando Rodney 5, Todd Jones 3, Jason Grilli 8
Game Information
Attendance - 37464
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Adam Dowdy, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jeff Nelson