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On the first pitch he faced, Cabrera turned a one-run deficit into a two-run lead and sent the Detroit Tigers on to a 6-2 victory Sunday.
"When you hit in the middle of the order, those are the situations you want," said Cabrera, who leads the major leagues with 116 RBI. "He threw me a fastball, and I got a good piece of it."
With the Orioles ahead 2-1, Will Rhymes led off the eighth with a single against Mike Gonzalez (0-3) and took third on Ryan Raburn's double. Orioles manager Buck Showalter brought in David Hernandez, who got ahead 1-2 in the count to pinch-hitter Austin Jackson before loading the bases with a walk.
That foiled Showalter's plan to intentionally walk Cabrera. He already has 30 intentional walks this season, four short of Ted Williams' AL record.
"Obviously, at that point, we're hoping David can strike Jackson out so that we can walk Cabrera, but it didn't work out that way," Showalter said. "You don't want to pitch to him in a situation like that -- you've seen what he has done to every team in the major leagues this year."
"It was huge when Will got the hit to start the inning, but Miggy got us the big hit again," Inge said following his 11th home run this season. "If I were managing against him, I'm not sure I'd even pitch to him with the bases loaded. He just kills everyone.
Justin Verlander (16-8) struck out 11, matching his season high set June 16 against Washington. He allowed both runs and five hits in eight innings, and walked one.
"I felt great out there -- as good as I've felt all year," said Verlander, who is 11-3 at Comerica Park this season. "My fastball was good, and I could throw my curveball wherever I needed it -- for strikes or balls."
Phil Coke finished with a hitless ninth.
Orioles starter Chris Tillman only allowed one hit -- Inge's clean single to center in the second - but walked a career-high six in his 6 2/3 innings. The Orioles are 23-15 since Showalter took over after a 32-73 start.
"Chris got himself into some trouble with the walks, but he kept making enough pitches to get himself out of trouble," Showalter said. "He didn't get intimidated by facing Verlander, even though he knew that meant he didn't have much margin for error out there."
Detroit, which got back to .500 at 72-72, began the game without Jackson, Johnny Damon, Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen and Gerald Laird -- either due to injury or rest. The lack of offense showed, with the Tigers managing one hit in the first seven innings.
Brennan Boesch walked and stole second in the second inning, then scored as Casper Wells beat out what would have been an inning-ending double play. Baltimore went ahead 2-1 in the fifth on an RBI triple by Jake Fox, who played college ball at Michigan, and Verlander's wild pitch.
With runners at the corners in the sixth, Verlander fielded Luke Scott's grounder and threw Brian Roberts out at the plate -- the third time in a week Roberts was thrown out on the bases.
"That was as big as the walk in the eighth inning," Showalter said. "You don't get many chances against Verlander, and you can't miss one like that."
Detroit put runners on the corners in the seventh. Gonzalez relieved, and Alex Avila grounded out.Notes
|Justin Verlander is nasty on the mound as he matches a season high with 11 strikeouts in eight innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.282|
|Ty Wigginton, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.249|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.288|
|Luke Scott, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.280|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.281|
|Felix Pie, LF||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.277|
|Jake Fox, C||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||.225|
|Robert Andino, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.143|
|Brandon Snyder, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|3B - Jake Fox (1, Verlander)|
|RBI - Jake Fox (22)|
|SB - Brian Roberts (9, 2nd base off Verlander/Avila), Felix Pie (5, 2nd base off Verlander/Avila)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - B. Roberts-Andino-Snyder|
|Mike Gonzalez (H,8; L,0-3)||0.1||2||2||2||0||0||0||5.50|
|David Hernandez (BS,3)||0.2||1||2||2||1||1||0||4.67|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 107-58, Mike Gonzalez 10-7, David Hernandez 23-13, Alfredo Simon 9-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 9-6, Mike Gonzalez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 26, Mike Gonzalez 3, David Hernandez 4, Alfredo Simon 2|
|Will Rhymes, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.303|
|Ryan Raburn, RF-LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.271|
|Don Kelly, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.245|
|a- Austin Jackson, PH-CF||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.305|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||4||1||1||3||0||2||1||.335|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.254|
|Brennan Boesch, DH||1||1||0||0||3||1||1||.262|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||4||1||2||2||0||0||2||.254|
|Casper Wells, CF-RF||2||0||0||1||2||0||0||.308|
|Alex Avila, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.212|
|a-walked for Kelly in the 8th|
|2B - Ryan Raburn (22, Gonzalez), Miguel Cabrera (44, Hernandez)|
|HR - Brandon Inge (11, Simon)|
|RBI - Miguel Cabrera 3 (116), Brandon Inge 2 (63), Casper Wells (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brandon Inge 2 (17)|
|SB - Brennan Boesch 2 (6, 2nd base off Tillman/Fox, 2nd base off Tillman/Fox)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Inge-Rhymes-Cabrera|
|Justin Verlander (W,16-8)||8||5||2||2||1||11||0||3.48|
|WP - Justin Verlander (9)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 122-84, Phil Coke 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 6-7, Phil Coke 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 30, Phil Coke 3|
|Attendance - 24170|
|Game Time - 2:44|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|