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Tigers can't hold on to lead, fall to Orioles in makeup game

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BALTIMORE -- The Detroit Tigers probably wouldn't have minded traveling to Kansas City from Chicago by way of Baltimore -- if they picked up a win for their trouble.

The Tigers were on their way to doing just that, building a three-run lead in a makeup game against the Orioles. Then Baltimore rallied, further ruining what was supposed to be a day off for road-weary Detroit.

Melvin Mora doubled in two runs in the eighth inning, capping a comeback that carried the Orioles to a 4-3 victory Thursday.

Detroit retained its half-game lead in the the AL Central when the second-place Minnesota Twins lost 6-0 at Boston.

"We let it slip away. We had the right people in there in the end," Detroit catcher Vance Wilson said. "We had a chance to win -- and didn't."

Magglio Ordonez and Curtis Granderson homered for the Tigers, who were forced into a stopover in Baltimore to make up the May 11 rainout. Detroit played in Chicago on Wednesday night, then hurried to the East Coast before opening a three-game series against Kansas City on Friday.

"No excuses here," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Kris Benson (11-11) allowed three runs and eight hits in eight innings for the Orioles. He walked off the mound with Baltimore trailing by a run, but ended up earning his first win since Aug. 18.

Five days earlier, Benson went the distance in a 2-0 loss to Detroit.

"He finally caught a break that he deserved and got himself another win," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said.

Brian Roberts led off the eighth with a pinch-hit single off Fernando Rodney (7-4). David Newhan was hit by a pitch and replaced by Jeff Fiorentino. Chris Gomez fouled out after attempting to sacrifice, but the runners advanced on a double steal.

"At that point, in that situation, I wanted to go for the win," Perlozzo said.

Mora followed with a sharp grounder inside the third-base line, giving the Orioles their first lead of the game.

Chris Ray pitched the ninth for his 33rd save.

Nearly a thousand disgruntled Orioles fans walked out of the game in the fourth inning, culminating a demonstration aimed at team owner Peter Angelos, who has been in charge of the team during its club-record run of nine straight losing seasons.

Miguel Tejada had three hits for the Orioles and Gomez had two, extending his hitting streak to a career-best tying 14 games. Tejada moved within two hits of matching his career high of 204, set in 2002 with Oakland during a season in which he was voted AL MVP.

Detroit went up 2-0 in the first inning when Granderson led off with a double and Ordonez hit his 24th homer with two outs. That gave Ordonez 100 RBI, the first Tiger to reach that number since Bobby Higginson and Dean Palmer had 102 in 2000.

Granderson made it 3-0 in the third with his 16th home run, but the lead didn't hold up.

"You'd like to win your division, but making the playoffs is what the key is," Wilson said. "What we want to do is play good baseball this last week."

"You'd like to win your division, but making the playoffs is what the key is," Wilson said. "What we want to do is play good baseball this last week."

Baltimore closed to 3-2 against Nate Robertson in the fourth. Tejada led off with his 200th hit, a single, and Ramon Hernandez walked before Kevin Millar hit an RBI double. After Robertson hit Corey Patterson with a pitch, Fernando Tatis delivered a sacrifice fly.

Detroit loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth, but failed to score.

"We had one big shot there and we didn't get anything out of it. That cost us," Leyland said. "That about sums it up."

In the bottom half, the Orioles filled the bases with two outs before Patterson hit a routine fly to center. Baltimore again loaded the bases in the seventh before Jamie Walker struck out Patterson for the third out.

Notes

  • Gomez has had seven multihit games during his 14-game run. The only other time he hit as many as 14 games in a row was in 1998.
  • The season series ended 3-3.
 
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Baltimore's Melvin Mora doubles in two runs in the eighth inning to cap a comeback for the Orioles.  (AP)
Baltimore's Melvin Mora doubles in two runs in the eighth inning to cap a comeback for the Orioles. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Mora
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Detroit

C. Granderson
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4221111 .266
Alexis Gomez, LF4010011 .281
Sean Casey, 1B4000004 .271
Magglio Ordonez, RF4112003 .295
Carlos Guillen, SS3010103 .311
Matt Stairs, DH4010022 .241
Brandon Inge, 3B4000021 .250
Neifi Perez, 2B3010001 .243
   a- Marcus Thames, PH0000100 .257
    Ramon Santiago, PR0000000 .224
Vance Wilson, C3010001 .277
   b- Craig Monroe, PH1000001 .258
Totals343833618 
a-walked for Perez in the 9th
b-flied out for V. Wilson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Curtis Granderson (30, Benson), Carlos Guillen (39, Benson)
HR - Curtis Granderson (16, Benson), Magglio Ordonez (24, Benson)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (61), Magglio Ordonez 2 (100)
2-OUT RBI - Magglio Ordonez 2 (36)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Guillen-Perez-Casey
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson 6522550 3.66
Jason Grilli (H,8) 0.2200010 4.25
Jamie Walker (H,11) 0.1000010 2.05
Fernando Rodney (BS,4; L,7-4) 1222000 3.44
HBP - Patterson (by Nate Robertson), Millar (by Jason Grilli), Newhan (by Fernando Rodney)
WP - Nate Robertson (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 98-57, Jason Grilli 14-9, Jamie Walker 4-3, Fernando Rodney 31-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 3-9, Fernando Rodney 1-2
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 28, Jason Grilli 5, Jamie Walker 1, Fernando Rodney 6
Baltimore Orioles
Chris Gomez, 2B5020004 .330
Melvin Mora, 3B3012201 .273
Nick Markakis, RF5010005 .295
Miguel Tejada, SS5130001 .330
Ramon Hernandez, C3100124 .277
Kevin Millar, 1B2011100 .261
Corey Patterson, CF3000026 .271
Fernando Tatis, DH1001100 .264
   a- Brian Roberts, PH-DH1110000 .292
David Newhan, LF3000033 .241
    Jeff Fiorentino, PR-LF0100000 .263
Totals314945724 
a-singled for Tatis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Melvin Mora (25, Rodney), Kevin Millar (24, Robertson)
SF - Fernando Tatis (2)
RBI - Melvin Mora 2 (80), Kevin Millar (58), Fernando Tatis (8)
SB - Melvin Mora (11, 3rd base off Robertson/V. Wilson), Brian Roberts (36, 3rd base off Rodney/V. Wilson), Jeff Fiorentino (1, 2nd base off Rodney/V. Wilson)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Corey Patterson 1
DP - Patterson-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Kris Benson (W,11-11) 8833242 4.49
Chris Ray (S,33) 1000120 2.86
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Benson 111-66, Chris Ray 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Benson 5-14
Batters Faced - Kris Benson 33, Chris Ray 4
Game Information
Attendance - 17877
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi