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BALTIMORE -- It was a wild half inning that had a little bit of everything -- three straight homers, a grand slam and eight runs before there was a single out.
Justin Verlander (7-4) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings to win his third straight start and improve to 8-0 lifetime against Baltimore. But his performance was secondary to that of the Detroit offense, which built a 9-1 lead in the pivotal fourth.
After Victor Martinez opened the inning with a home run off Hammel, Jhonny Peralta followed with a shot to left and Alex Avila made it three in a row with a drive to center. Hammel's next pitch struck Tuiasosopo in the left shoulder, then ricocheted off the flap of his helmet.
Home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt immediately tossed the right-hander from the game.
Hammel, who had already issued three walks, argued the ejection. So did Orioles manager Buck Showalter. But the decision stood.
"I'm not going to make a big deal of it. I hit him with a slider," Hammel said. "Zero intent there to hit him. Obviously I give up three home runs, but I'm not the guy that answers getting hit around with hitting somebody. That's bush league if you ask me. It was a mistake. A slider that got away."
Tuiasosopo wasn't so sure.
"All I know is we hit three homers off him, then the first pitch is at my head," he said. "I wanted to try to go up there and hit a fourth one, but obviously I got hit."
Showalter defended his pitcher, but acknowledged that the umpires were simply doing their job.
"I understand what the umpire's trying to do, but it's very tough for them to judge intent," the manager said. "But I've got a real biased opinion of it, and it's pretty obvious to us there was nothing intentional about it."
Crew chief Jerry Layne said, "In this particular situation, everything's kind of played into what this looks like. They claim there was no intent. Three home runs and a guy gets hit, you're an umpire, what do you do?"
Interestingly, Tigers manager Jim Leyland didn't believe Hammel was aiming the pitch at Tuiasosopo.
"In my heart, I do not think he was throwing at him," Leyland said.
Tuiasosopo dropped his bat after the pitch, looked briefly at Hammel and walked to first base.
"I wasn't happy about it. He got thrown out, and so he got his," Tuiasosopo said. "I'm just going to go to first base. What am I going to do? Charge the mound? Then I would get in trouble, too. He got thrown out and we ended up tagging them for more. "
After Hammel (7-3) left, rookie T.J. McFarland was summoned from the Baltimore bullpen.
Avsail Garcia singled, Omar Infante doubled in a run and Andy Dirks walked to load the bases for Cabrera, who delivered his fourth career grand slam. It was his 200th home run with the Tigers, tying him with Bill Freehan for ninth place on the team's career list.
It was the first time the Orioles have ever given up four homers in an inning, according to STATS, Inc. Detroit had not hit four home runs in an inning since Sept. 10, 1986.
Prince Fielder added a sixth-inning drive for the Tigers, whose five homers were a season high.
Hammel gave up five runs, five hits and three walks in three-plus innings. The three walks and three home runs were both season highs.
"I did not have command today," Hammel said. "Obviously, very frustrated. Cost the bullpen a lot of innings."
In his first time through the batting order, Hammel gave up two hits and walked three, but Detroit could only get one run -- when Martinez led off the second with a walk and scored on a two-out single by Tuiasosopo.
Hardy opened the third with a homer to knot the score at 1.
The deadlock didn't last long. On Hammel's fifth pitch of the fourth inning, Martinez hit a drive inside the right field foul pole, and the rout was on.
|Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who wins his third straight start, improves to 8-0 lifetime against the Orioles. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
|Omar Infante, 2B||5||1||2||1||0||0||3||.294|
|Andy Dirks, RF-LF||4||1||1||0||1||0||0||.247|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||1||1||4||1||1||2||.369|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||5||1||1||1||0||0||3||.270|
|Victor Martinez, DH||3||2||1||1||2||1||2||.230|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||5||1||2||1||0||2||1||.328|
|Alex Avila, C||5||1||1||1||0||1||1||.173|
|Matt Tuiasosopo, LF||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.333|
|Don Kelly, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.173|
|Avisail Garcia, CF-RF||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.270|
|2B - Omar Infante (9, McFarland), Matt Tuiasosopo (3, McFarland)|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera (17, McFarland), Prince Fielder (10, McFarland), Victor Martinez (3, Hammel), Jhonny Peralta (6, Hammel), Alex Avila (5, Hammel)|
|RBI - Omar Infante (18), Miguel Cabrera 4 (65), Prince Fielder (43), Victor Martinez (26), Jhonny Peralta (25), Alex Avila (12), Matt Tuiasosopo (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder (20), Matt Tuiasosopo (10)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Infante-Peralta-Fielder|
|Justin Verlander (W,7-4)||7||8||3||3||1||5||2||3.70|
|Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 112-73, Drew Smyly 36-27|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 9-6, Drew Smyly 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 29, Drew Smyly 8|
|Nate McLouth, LF||5||0||2||0||0||1||3||.300|
|Manny Machado, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||1||3||.326|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.306|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.318|
|Chris Davis, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||3||2||.354|
|Matt Wieters, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.237|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||3||2||2||2||1||0||2||.244|
|Chris Dickerson, DH||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.314|
|a- Danny Valencia, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.217|
|Ryan Flaherty, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.146|
|b- Alexi Casilla, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.180|
|a-flied out for Dickerson in the 9th|
|b-flied out for Flaherty in the 9th|
|2B - Matt Wieters (14, Smyly)|
|HR - J.J. Hardy 2 (12, Verlander, Verlander)|
|RBI - Chris Davis (51), J.J. Hardy 2 (34)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chris Davis (17)|
|SB - Nate McLouth (18, 2nd base off Verlander/Avila), Adam Jones (9, 2nd base off Verlander/Avila), Chris Dickerson (3, 2nd base off Verlander/Avila)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Flaherty-Hardy-Davis|
|Jason Hammel (L,7-3)||3||5||5||5||3||0||3||5.43|
|HBP - Tuiasosopo (by Jason Hammel)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 63-32, T.J. McFarland 69-41, Troy Patton 27-22, Tommy Hunter 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 5-3, T.J. McFarland 4-3, Troy Patton 2-1, Tommy Hunter 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 17, T.J. McFarland 16, Troy Patton 8, Tommy Hunter 3|
|Attendance - 38945|
|Game Time - 3:06|
|Temperature - 90|
|Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Greg Gibson|