Machado's homer in 9th lifts Tigers over Orioles 6-5

DETROIT (AP) Dixon Machado came to the plate with only one big league homer to his name, but the way this game was going, anything seemed possible.

''Walking to the plate I was thinking, `What if I hit a homer right here?''' the Detroit infielder said. ''He threw me a fastball away but when he came in with a pitch I was ready for it and I just hit it hard.''

Machado led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run , capping a wild final two innings and lifting the Tigers over the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday. Detroit led 2-1 before each team scored three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Baltimore's Luis Sardinas tied it with a solo shot off Shane Greene (1-0) in the top of the ninth, but then the 26-year-old Machado hit a line drive off Pedro Araujo (1-2) that cleared the fence in left field. It was his second homer in 299 big league at-bats.

The game was moved from 6:40 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. in anticipation of bad weather. Although it was a sparse crowd, to say the least , the sun did come out, and those fans in attendance were treated to quite a few homers.

Miguel Cabrera went deep on his 35th birthday, and Jeimer Candelario and John Hicks also homered for Detroit. Hicks hit a three-run shot in the eighth that put the Tigers up 5-4.

Danny Valencia hit a solo homer for the Orioles, who have lost five straight.

Detroit's Matthew Boyd allowed a run, two hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six. Baltimore's Kevin Gausman allowed two runs and nine hits in six-plus innings.

Cabrera's solo homer put the Tigers up 2-1 in the sixth, but Manny Machado and Chris Davis hit RBI singles as part of a three-run rally by Baltimore in the eighth. The drive by Davis was nearly a home run, but it hit the wall and stayed in play.

''There were obviously a couple bad breaks - our ball hits the top of the fence and comes back and their ball goes over - but there were four or five breaks we got during the game on bounces or pitch calls,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''If you lose focus and start feeling sorry for yourselves, every team you play is going to take advantage and step on your throat.''

STARTERS

Boyd and Gausman were both impressive, albeit forgotten a bit after all the scoring in the late innings. Boyd became the first Tigers left-hander since at least 1908 to pitch six or more innings while allowing one or fewer runs in each of his first three starts of a season. He's still without a win in 2018, however.

Gausman finished with a quality start. The Orioles have had eight of those this year, but they're just 3-5 in those games.

Gausman said he started messing around with a new windup recently, and pitching coach Roger McDowell was working with him.

''He told me that I wouldn't dare use it today,'' Gausman said. ''When you tell me I won't do something, I want to do it.''

BIRTHDAY BOY

Cabrera went 2 for 4 and is 21 for 54 on his birthday - a .389 average. He also has homered three times on April 18.

He was happy to have such an exciting win on his birthday.

''Beautiful. Very cool,'' he said. ''Now I can go home and watch TV with my family and get ready for tomorrow.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Cabrera had left Tuesday night's game with back tightness.

UP NEXT

Detroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann (0-0) is to take the mound against RHP Alex Cobb (0-1) in the series finale Thursday.

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123456789RHE
BAL5-13
010000031570
DET6-9
0010010316130
  • W: S. Greene (1-0)L: P. Araujo (1-2)
  • HR: BAL - D. Valencia (2), L. Sardinas (1), DET - M. Cabrera (2), D. Machado (1), J. Hicks (1), J. Candelario (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Mancini LF51100011.292.366.417.7832.5
C. Gentry RF41100100.241.313.241.5543.0
M. Machado SS41210011.319.402.528.9304.5
A. Jones CF30010021.227.241.360.6010.0
D. Valencia DH31111001.143.294.393.6876.0
a- P. Alvarez PH-DH10000001.308.471.6151.0860.0
C. Davis 1B30110110.136.250.203.4532.5
T. Beckham 3B20000212.162.227.250.4771.5
C. Joseph C30000013.081.105.135.240-0.5
b- L. Sardinas PH-2B11111000.250.4001.0001.4006.0
E. Vielma 2B30000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
c- C. Sisco PH-C10000010.258.324.355.678-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Valencia in the 8th
  • b-homered for Joseph in the 9th
  • c-struck out for Vielma in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF40000024.268.339.375.714-1.0
J. Candelario 3B41211012.238.314.460.7756.5
M. Cabrera 1B41211010.255.333.436.7707.5
N. Castellanos RF41200002.305.379.424.8034.0
V. Martinez DH40100003.304.365.457.8221.0
V. Reyes PR-DH01000000.200.200.200.4001.0
J. Hicks C41131020.154.214.462.6767.0
J. Jones LF40200010.238.385.238.6231.5
J. Iglesias SS40100001.128.212.191.4031.0
D. Machado 2B41211002.236.263.418.6817.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Mancini (3), M. Machado (6)
    • HR - D. Valencia (2), L. Sardinas
    • SF - A. Jones (2)
    • RBI - M. Machado (10), A. Jones (10), D. Valencia (3), C. Davis (3), L. Sardinas
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Davis
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Cabrera (4), N. Castellanos (3)
    • HR - J. Candelario (2), M. Cabrera (2), J. Hicks, D. Machado
    • RBI - J. Candelario (5), M. Cabrera (10), J. Hicks 3 (3), D. Machado (9)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gausman6.09220425.571.5712.0
    M. Castro0.10000003.861.370.0
    R. Bleier0.20000100.710.950.5
    D. O'Day (BS, 2)1.03330214.701.17-2.0
    P. Araujo (L, 1-2)0.01110015.591.14-7.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gausman6.0
    M. Castro0.1
    R. Bleier0.2
    D. O'Day (BS, 2)1.0
    P. Araujo (L, 1-2)0.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Boyd6.12113611.400.6718.0
    A. Wilson (H, 2)0.20001106.521.24-0.5
    D. Stumpf0.02220003.861.71-4.0
    D. VerHagen (BS, 1)1.02110103.120.810.5
    S. Greene (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.01110214.051.209.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Boyd6.1
    A. Wilson (H, 2)0.2
    D. Stumpf0.0
    D. VerHagen (BS, 1)1.0
    S. Greene (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 97-64, M. Castro 3-2, R. Bleier 6-4, D. O'Day 18-13, P. Araujo 2-1
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 5-8, R. Bleier 1-0, D. O'Day 1-0
    • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 26, M. Castro, R. Bleier 2, D. O'Day 6, P. Araujo
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Boyd
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 95-58, A. Wilson 13-7, D. Stumpf 6-6, D. VerHagen 16-10, S. Greene 19-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 3-10, D. VerHagen 1-1, S. Greene 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 24, A. Wilson 3, D. Stumpf 2, D. VerHagen 5, S. Greene 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    BAL5-13
    010000031570
    DET6-9
    0010010316130
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Mancini LF51100011.292.366.417.7832.5
    C. Gentry RF41100100.241.313.241.5543.0
    M. Machado SS41210011.319.402.528.9304.5
    A. Jones CF30010021.227.241.360.6010.0
    D. Valencia DH31111001.143.294.393.6876.0
    a- P. Alvarez PH-DH10000001.308.471.6151.0860.0
    C. Davis 1B30110110.136.250.203.4532.5
    T. Beckham 3B20000212.162.227.250.4771.5
    C. Joseph C30000013.081.105.135.240-0.5
    b- L. Sardinas PH-2B11111000.250.4001.0001.4006.0
    E. Vielma 2B30000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
    c- C. Sisco PH-C10000010.258.324.355.678-0.5
    Total33575241012-----
    HITTERSAB
    T. Mancini LF5
    C. Gentry RF4
    M. Machado SS4
    A. Jones CF3
    D. Valencia DH3
    a- P. Alvarez PH-DH1
    C. Davis 1B3
    T. Beckham 3B2
    C. Joseph C3
    b- L. Sardinas PH-2B1
    E. Vielma 2B3
    c- C. Sisco PH-C1
    Total33
    • a-grounded out for Valencia in the 8th
    • b-homered for Joseph in the 9th
    • c-struck out for Vielma in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF40000024.268.339.375.714-1.0
    J. Candelario 3B41211012.238.314.460.7756.5
    M. Cabrera 1B41211010.255.333.436.7707.5
    N. Castellanos RF41200002.305.379.424.8034.0
    V. Martinez DH40100003.304.365.457.8221.0
    V. Reyes PR-DH01000000.200.200.200.4001.0
    J. Hicks C41131020.154.214.462.6767.0
    J. Jones LF40200010.238.385.238.6231.5
    J. Iglesias SS40100001.128.212.191.4031.0
    D. Machado 2B41211002.236.263.418.6817.0
    Total36613640714-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Mancini (3), M. Machado (6)
      • HR - D. Valencia (2), L. Sardinas
      • SF - A. Jones (2)
      • RBI - M. Machado (10), A. Jones (10), D. Valencia (3), C. Davis (3), L. Sardinas
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Davis
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Cabrera (4), N. Castellanos (3)
      • HR - J. Candelario (2), M. Cabrera (2), J. Hicks, D. Machado
      • RBI - J. Candelario (5), M. Cabrera (10), J. Hicks 3 (3), D. Machado (9)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gausman6.09220425.571.5712.0
      M. Castro0.10000003.861.370.0
      R. Bleier0.20000100.710.950.5
      D. O'Day (BS, 2)1.03330214.701.17-2.0
      P. Araujo (L, 1-2)0.01110015.591.14-7.0
      Total8.01366074---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gausman6.0
      M. Castro0.1
      R. Bleier0.2
      D. O'Day (BS, 2)1.0
      P. Araujo (L, 1-2)0.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Boyd6.12113611.400.6718.0
      A. Wilson (H, 2)0.20001106.521.24-0.5
      D. Stumpf0.02220003.861.71-4.0
      D. VerHagen (BS, 1)1.02110103.120.810.5
      S. Greene (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.01110214.051.209.0
      Total9.07554102---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Boyd6.1
      A. Wilson (H, 2)0.2
      D. Stumpf0.0
      D. VerHagen (BS, 1)1.0
      S. Greene (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 97-64, M. Castro 3-2, R. Bleier 6-4, D. O'Day 18-13, P. Araujo 2-1
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 5-8, R. Bleier 1-0, D. O'Day 1-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 26, M. Castro, R. Bleier 2, D. O'Day 6, P. Araujo
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Boyd
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 95-58, A. Wilson 13-7, D. Stumpf 6-6, D. VerHagen 16-10, S. Greene 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 3-10, D. VerHagen 1-1, S. Greene 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 24, A. Wilson 3, D. Stumpf 2, D. VerHagen 5, S. Greene 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Machado homered to left center56
        Sardinas homered to right55
      • 8TH INNING
        Hicks homered to left, Castellanos and Reyes scored45
        Davis singled to deep left, Machado scored42
        Jones hit sacrifice fly to center, Gentry scored32
        Machado singled to shallow center, Mancini scored, Gentry to third22
      • 6TH INNING
        Cabrera homered to left12
      • 3RD INNING
        Candelario homered to right center11
      • 2ND INNING
        Valencia homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Shane Greene relieved Drew VerHagen
        • Luis Sardinas hit for Caleb Joseph
        • L. Sardinas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sardinas homered to right
        • Chance Sisco hit for Engelb Vielma
        • C. Sisco: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Sisco struck out on foul tip
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Mancini struck out on foul tip
        • C. Gentry: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gentry grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Pedro Araujo relieved Darren O'Day
        • D. Machado: Ball, Machado homered to left center
      • 8TH INNING
        • Daniel Stumpf relieved Alex Wilson
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Foul, Foul, Mancini doubled to left
        • C. Gentry: Strike looking, Gentry reached on bunt single to pitcher, Mancini to third
        • Drew VerHagen relieved Daniel Stumpf
        • M. Machado: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Machado singled to shallow center, Mancini scored, Gentry to third
        • A. Jones: Pickoff attempt to first, Jones hit sacrifice fly to center, Gentry scored
        • Pedro Alvarez hit for Danny Valencia
        • P. Alvarez: Ball, Strike looking, Alvarez grounded out to shortstop, Machado to second
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis singled to deep left, Machado scored
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Darren O'Day relieved Richard Bleier
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Castellanos doubled to left
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez singled to shallow left, Castellanos to third
        • Victor Reyes ran for Victor Martinez
        • J. Hicks: Hicks homered to left, Castellanos and Reyes scored
        • J. Jones: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Alex Wilson relieved Matthew Boyd
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Beckham walked
        • Ca. Joseph: Strike looking, Ball, Joseph flied out to right
        • E. Vielma: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Vielma struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Jones singled to right
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Iglesias reached on an infield single to shortstop, Jones to third
        • Miguel Castro relieved Kevin Gausman
        • D. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Machado popped out to second
        • Richard Bleier relieved Miguel Castro
        • L. Martin: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • C. Gentry: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gentry lined out to left
        • M. Machado: Ball, Machado doubled to left
        • A. Jones: Jones grounded out to second, Machado to third
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Ball, Valencia flied out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera homered to left
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Castellanos singled to shallow center
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Martinez grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Castellanos out at second
        • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Beckham walked
        • Ca. Joseph: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Joseph flied out to center
        • E. Vielma: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Beckham to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Vielma struck out swinging
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Mancini grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • D. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Machado grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Martin: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin flied out to deep left
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Valencia flied out to right
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • J. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Jones grounded out to second
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Iglesias lined out to right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • E. Vielma: Strike looking, Ball, Vielma grounded out to second
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Mancini flied out to right
        • C. Gentry: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gentry walked
        • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Machado struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Candelario homered to right center
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to second
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez flied out to deep right
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Valencia homered to left
        • C. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
        • T. Beckham: Beckham flied out to left
        • Ca. Joseph: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • J. Hicks: Hicks flied out to right
        • J. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Iglesias popped out to first
        • D. Machado: Ball, Machado singled to shallow left, Jones to second
        • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Martin struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mancini popped out to second
        • C. Gentry: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gentry flied out to center
        • M. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Machado lined out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Martin popped out to shortstop
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Candelario singled to left
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera doubled to left, Candelario to third
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Castellanos fouled out to catcher
        • V. Martinez: Martinez flied out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)