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Ordonez keys eight-run inning with pair of home runs as Tigers roll

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Magglio Ordonez was simply trying to get an opposite-field hit when he led off the second inning.

By the time the inning was over, Ordonez had two homers and a place alongside Al Kaline in Detroit Tigers lore.

Ordonez hit two homers in an eight-run second and Detroit beat the Oakland Athletics 11-6 Sunday to win consecutive games for only the second time since mid-July.

"It's an honor to be the second one to do it in Detroit history. It's really nice," the soft-spoken slugger said. "When you hit two home runs in a game, it's huge. When you do it in one inning, it's bigger."

Ordonez also surpassed 100 RBI for the second consecutive season, helping the inconsistent Tigers move back into first place in the AL Central by a half-game over slumping Cleveland.

The All-Star outfielder joined Kaline as the only Tigers to homer twice in one inning. The Hall of Famer did it in 1955 against the Kansas City Athletics. Now a special assistant to Detroit president Dave Dombrowski, Kaline watched Ordonez match his accomplishment from a suite behind home plate.

"The biggest part about it is, it was a huge factor in us winning the game," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "It's an unbelievable feat that in all of the years of the Tigers, only two guys have done it."

Detroit's Placido Polanco also had a big day, tying a major league record by playing his 143rd consecutive game without an error at second base. Luis Castillo set the mark for second basemen from May 30, 2006, to June 5, 2007, with Minnesota.

"I have the record, but most importantly, we won the game," Polanco said. "That's what we're here for."

Since the Tigers had four consecutive victories from July 15-19, they won two in a row only once (Aug. 6-7) while losing 16 of 22 before beating Oakland 5-2 Saturday night.

"We're going to be OK," Ordonez said. "We're still a good team."

Oakland has lost 21 of 33 to plummet in the AL West standings, a year after losing to Detroit in the AL Championship Series. The banged-up A's have seven players on the disabled list and lost center fielder Nick Swisher in the third inning with a sore hamstring. Then his replacement, Mark Kotsay, departed in the sixth with a stiff back.

Manager Bob Geren said both players are day to day and doesn't expect either to be out for a significant length of time.

Oakland's Marco Scutaro was 3-for-4 with a homer, two doubles and four RBI.

"Marco has hit the ball hard for about a month now, but it was always right at someone," Geren said. "Today, he found a couple alleys."

Nate Robertson (7-9) gave up five runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings, giving Detroit consecutive wins by a starter for the first time since its four-game streak last month. Robertson was replaced after giving up his season-high fifth walk. He also struck out six.

Dallas Braden (1-7) lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs and seven hits. He hasn't won since April 24 -- his first major league start -- and is the first Oakland pitcher to lose more than six in a row in one season since Mike Mohler in 1997.

"I'm alive. Barely," Braden said.

Braden's poor outing started and ended against Ordonez.

He led off the second by sending a low pitch to the opposite field, over the right-field wall. His second homer, with two on, went to left and chased Braden as Detroit took an 8-2 lead.

"The sinker was down and away -- right where I wanted it -- and he just popped it out," Braden said. "The second one was a fastball up. Pretty much perfect for him. Just a dumb pitch."

San Francisco's Bengie Molina is the only other player to hit two homers in an inning this season, on May 7 against the New York Mets, and only Tampa Bay's Julio Lugo did it last year, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The last player to hit two home runs against the same pitcher in one inning was Montreal's Juan Rivera against Arnie Munoz of the Chicago White Sox on June 19, 2004, according to Elias.

Notes

  • Polanco has not made an error since July 1, 2006. The major league record for consecutive errorless games by any infielder is 193, set by Steve Garvey.
  • Oakland's Mark Ellis played his 77th consecutive game without an error, extending a franchise record for a 2B.
  • Polanco led off for the first time this season, a day after he was a late scratch because of a sore thumb. "It's still hurting, but it's playable," Polanco said. "I hurt it sliding into third."
  • Ordonez is the first Tiger with back-to-back 100-RBI seasons since Dean Palmer in 1999 and 2000.
 
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Magglio Ordonez joins Al Kaline as the only Tigers to hit two home runs in the same inning.  (US Presswire)
Magglio Ordonez joins Al Kaline as the only Tigers to hit two home runs in the same inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Ordonez
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Oakland

M. Scutaro
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Oakland Athletics
Shannon Stewart, LF-CF5000015 .297
Nick Swisher, CF2010000 .249
    Mark Kotsay, CF1010000 .221
    J.J. Furmaniak, LF0100100 .000
Jack Cust, RF4000124 .261
Mike Piazza, DH5000023 .277
Mark Ellis, 2B3311201 .264
Marco Scutaro, 3B4234102 .246
Dan Johnson, 1B5011014 .230
Donnie Murphy, SS5000023 .232
Rob Bowen, C2010200 .227
Totals3668678  
Batting
2B - Marco Scutaro 2 (9, Robertson, Bazardo), Dan Johnson (18, Robertson)
HR - Marco Scutaro (6, Robertson)
RBI - Mark Ellis (53), Marco Scutaro 4 (29), Dan Johnson (42)
Team LOB - 11
Oakland Athletics
Dallas Braden (L,1-7) 1.2788112 6.32
Ruddy Lugo 2.1000320 7.89
Kiko Calero 1.1322210 6.08
Jay Marshall 2.2111210 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Dallas Braden 49-33, Ruddy Lugo 42-24, Kiko Calero 36-21, Jay Marshall 50-30
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dallas Braden 1-3, Ruddy Lugo 2-3, Kiko Calero 1-2, Jay Marshall 3-4
Batters Faced - Dallas Braden 13, Ruddy Lugo 10, Kiko Calero 9, Jay Marshall 11
Detroit Tigers
Placido Polanco, 2B3110201 .346
Marcus Thames, 1B4110023 .265
    Sean Casey, 1B1011000 .294
Gary Sheffield, DH4111113 .288
Magglio Ordonez, RF3224202 .357
Carlos Guillen, SS4110103 .306
Ryan Raburn, CF3220010 .349
    Curtis Granderson, CF2001010 .298
Craig Monroe, LF4111002 .222
Mike Rabelo, C3001100 .267
Brandon Inge, 3B3212101 .243
Totals3411111185  
Batting
3B - Ryan Raburn (1, Calero)
HR - Magglio Ordonez 2 (21, Braden, Braden)
SF - Craig Monroe (6)
RBI - Sean Casey (45), Gary Sheffield (70), Magglio Ordonez 4 (102), Curtis Granderson (55), Craig Monroe (55), Mike Rabelo (10), Brandon Inge 2 (54)
2-OUT RBI - Gary Sheffield (21), Magglio Ordonez 3 (33)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Carlos Guillen (22, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (W,7-9) 5.2544561 5.01
Tim Byrdak 0.2111210 3.49
Yorman Bazardo 2.2210010 2.57
HBP - Furmaniak (by Yorman Bazardo)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 105-62, Tim Byrdak 22-11, Yorman Bazardo 39-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 8-3, Tim Byrdak 1-0, Yorman Bazardo 3-5
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 27, Tim Byrdak 5, Yorman Bazardo 12
Game Information
Attendance - 39960
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Mark Carlson