Brandon Dixon powers Tigers past Orioles 4-2

BALTIMORE (AP) The Detroit Tigers had not played celebratory music in a visiting clubhouse for quite a while.

So, they cranked up the stereo after picking up a rare series win on the road.

Brandon Dixon hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth inning to lead the Tigers past the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Wednesday night.

''Winning a series on the road is big regardless of who it is against,'' Dixon said. ''It gets us back on track going into Atlanta. It's exciting.''

The Tigers, who took two of the three games, won their first road series since April 1-3 against the Yankees.

Orioles reliever Mychal Givens, recently demoted from the closer role, allowed a solo homer to John Hicks that tied the game 2-2 in the eighth.

Nicholas Castellanos walked to lead off the ninth and Dixon followed two batters later with a two-run shot off Branden Kline (1-2).

''We're looking for guys to step up and pitch in big spots,'' Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. ''(Kline) threw great in Colorado, wanted to give him the opportunity tonight. Just didn't happen. You just can't walk the leadoff guy.''

Nick Ramirez (1-0) didn't allow a hit over three innings of relief to pick up his first career win. Shane Greene gave up a two-out double to Stevie Wilkerson in the ninth but still picked up his 18th save.

Keon Broxton got his second homer for Baltimore since being acquired from the Mets on May 22.

The Orioles have lost 13 of 16 games.

Baltimore rookie left-hander John Means allowed one run and three hits with a season-high seven strikeouts and no walks over six innings. Means has thrown at least five innings and allowed three or fewer runs in his past five starts.

''When you play 162 games, these are going to happen,'' Means said about not getting the win. ''It's going to happen to everybody. We have an off day tomorrow so we'll come back the next day and hopefully get a win there.''

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead off left-hander Ryan Carpenter in the first on a double by Renato Nunez that scored Trey Mancini, who was hit by a pitch.

Means retired the first nine batters before Niko Goodrum had an infield hit in the fourth. Goodrum scored on Castellanos' double. Broxton gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the bottom half.

Carpenter, who was looking for his second career win, allowed two runs and four hits with three strikeouts and two walks over five innings.

''It was a well-pitched ballgame by both teams,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''A good night for us. Not a lot of offense but just enough tonight.''

FIRST PITCH

Kelvin Cruz, mayor of the Dominican Republic town of La Vega, threw out the first pitch. La Vega is the hometown of Orioles pitcher Gabriel Ynoa and infielder Jonathan Villar.

CLUTCH HITTING

Three of Dixon's five home runs have given the Tigers the lead. Detroit has also gone on to win all of those games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: SS Jordy Mercer had an MRI Wednesday, which revealed an acute right quad strain. The setback occurred Sunday during a minor league injury rehab assignment for the same injury. ... INF Josh Harrison (left hamstring tendon strain) is awaiting a second opinion after being placed on the 10-day IL May 28.

Orioles: 1B Chris Davis (left hip inflammation) expects to rejoin the club when eligible to come off the 10-day IL beginning June 4 against the Rangers. ''I feel pretty good,'' Davis said. ... OF Mark Trumbo (knee surgery) did not have any setbacks in his first rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Spencer Turnbull (2-4, 2.97 ERA) will return from the bereavement list and start the first game in Atlanta against Mike Foltynewicz (1-3, 5.67 ERA) on Friday night.

Orioles: Andrew Cashner (5-2, 4.55 ERA) starts the series opener Friday against the visiting San Francisco Giants and left-hander Drew Pomeranz (1-5, 6.45 ERA).

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  • W: N. Ramirez (1-0)L: B. Kline (1-2)S: S. Greene (18)
  • HR: DET - J. Hicks (3), B. Dixon (5), BAL - K. Broxton (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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N. Goodrum SS41100032.208.299.343.6420.5
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M. Cabrera 1B40000002.288.361.361.7220.0
B. Dixon RF41121021.306.333.597.9316.0
R. Rodriguez 2B40000030.224.254.488.742-1.5
J. Hicks C41111010.229.272.396.6685.5
D. Lugo 3B30100000.235.270.324.5941.0
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  • a-popped out for Stewart in the 8th
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H. Alberto 3B40100001.299.314.395.7081.0
R. Ruiz 3B00000000.238.317.344.6600.0
J. Villar 2B30000111.259.316.424.7400.5
T. Mancini 1B31000013.295.345.529.8741.5
R. Nunez DH40210012.239.289.482.7714.5
D. Smith LF40000013.256.298.458.756-0.5
K. Broxton CF41111030.197.250.310.5604.5
D. Stewart RF40000020.375.375.375.750-1.0
A. Wynns C20000100.225.279.250.5291.0
a- S. Wilkerson PH10100000.250.294.438.7322.0
R. Martin SS20000011.167.228.272.5002.5
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B. Kline P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-doubled for Wynns in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Martin in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Castellanos (18)
  • HR - B. Dixon (5), J. Hicks (3)
  • SH - J. Jones
  • RBI - N. Castellanos (20), B. Dixon 2 (16), J. Hicks (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Candelario, N. Castellanos, B. Dixon
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Nunez 2 (9), S. Wilkerson (6)
  • HR - K. Broxton (2)
  • RBI - R. Nunez (32), K. Broxton (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Nunez (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Nunez 2 (2), D. Smith 3 (3), R. Martin, P. Severino
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Martin (3)
FIELDING
  • E - N. Goodrum (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Carpenter5.04222317.581.478.5
N. Ramirez (W, 1-0)3.00000502.810.9418.5
S. Greene (S, 18)1.01000201.130.8310.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Carpenter5.0
N. Ramirez (W, 1-0)3.0
S. Greene (S, 18)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Means6.03110702.801.1020.5
M. Givens (BS, 4)1.01110215.701.482.0
R. Bleier1.01000108.491.542.5
B. Kline (L, 1-2)1.01221115.171.09-5.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Means6.0
M. Givens (BS, 4)1.0
R. Bleier1.0
B. Kline (L, 1-2)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Carpenter 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Carpenter 79-50, N. Ramirez 35-25, S. Greene 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Carpenter 5-7, N. Ramirez 3-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Carpenter 23, N. Ramirez 9, S. Greene 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 103-67, M. Givens 15-12, R. Bleier 10-8, B. Kline 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 3-8, R. Bleier 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Means 21, M. Givens 4, R. Bleier 4, B. Kline 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Stewart LF30000012.210.302.387.689-0.5
a- J. Candelario PH10000001.187.282.280.5620.0
V. Reyes LF000000001.0001.0001.0002.0000.0
N. Castellanos DH31110101.269.316.457.7725.0
M. Cabrera 1B40000002.288.361.361.7220.0
B. Dixon RF41121021.306.333.597.9316.0
R. Rodriguez 2B40000030.224.254.488.742-1.5
J. Hicks C41111010.229.272.396.6685.5
D. Lugo 3B30100000.235.270.324.5941.0
J. Jones CF20100010.218.291.376.6660.5
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  • a-popped out for Stewart in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
H. Alberto 3B40100001.299.314.395.7081.0
R. Ruiz 3B00000000.238.317.344.6600.0
J. Villar 2B30000111.259.316.424.7400.5
T. Mancini 1B31000013.295.345.529.8741.5
R. Nunez DH40210012.239.289.482.7714.5
D. Smith LF40000013.256.298.458.756-0.5
K. Broxton CF41111030.197.250.310.5604.5
D. Stewart RF40000020.375.375.375.750-1.0
A. Wynns C20000100.225.279.250.5291.0
a- S. Wilkerson PH10100000.250.294.438.7322.0
R. Martin SS20000011.167.228.272.5002.5
b- P. Severino PH10000001.258.346.462.8080.0
J. Means P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
M. Givens P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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B. Kline P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-doubled for Wynns in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Martin in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Castellanos (18)
  • HR - B. Dixon (5), J. Hicks (3)
  • SH - J. Jones
  • RBI - N. Castellanos (20), B. Dixon 2 (16), J. Hicks (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Candelario, N. Castellanos, B. Dixon
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Nunez 2 (9), S. Wilkerson (6)
  • HR - K. Broxton (2)
  • RBI - R. Nunez (32), K. Broxton (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Nunez (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Nunez 2 (2), D. Smith 3 (3), R. Martin, P. Severino
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Martin (3)
FIELDING
  • E - N. Goodrum (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Carpenter5.04222317.581.478.5
N. Ramirez (W, 1-0)3.00000502.810.9418.5
S. Greene (S, 18)1.01000201.130.8310.0
Total9.05222101---
PITCHERSIP
R. Carpenter5.0
N. Ramirez (W, 1-0)3.0
S. Greene (S, 18)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Means6.03110702.801.1020.5
M. Givens (BS, 4)1.01110215.701.482.0
R. Bleier1.01000108.491.542.5
B. Kline (L, 1-2)1.01221115.171.09-5.5
Total9.06441112---
PITCHERSIP
J. Means6.0
M. Givens (BS, 4)1.0
R. Bleier1.0
B. Kline (L, 1-2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Carpenter 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Carpenter 79-50, N. Ramirez 35-25, S. Greene 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Carpenter 5-7, N. Ramirez 3-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Carpenter 23, N. Ramirez 9, S. Greene 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 103-67, M. Givens 15-12, R. Bleier 10-8, B. Kline 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 3-8, R. Bleier 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Means 21, M. Givens 4, R. Bleier 4, B. Kline 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Dixon homered to center, Castellanos scored42
  • 8TH INNING
    Hicks homered to left22
  • 4TH INNING
    Broxton homered to right12
    Castellanos doubled to deep right, Goodrum scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Nunez doubled to deep center, Mancini scored, Nunez to third on shortstop Goodrum throwing error01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Branden Kline relieved Richard Bleier
    • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castellanos walked
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera flied out to right
    • B. Dixon: Dixon homered to center, Castellanos scored
    • R. Rodriguez: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Shane Greene relieved Nick Ramirez
    • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
    • D. Stewart: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Stewart struck out looking
    • Stevie Wilkerson hit for Austin Wynns
    • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Wilkerson doubled to left center
    • Pedro Severino hit for Richie Martin
    • P. Severino: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Severino flied out to center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Rio Ruiz at third base
    • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks homered to left
    • Richard Bleier relieved Mychal Givens
    • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lugo singled to shallow center
    • J. Jones: Jones hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Lugo to second
    • N. Goodrum: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
    • Jeimer Candelario hit for Christin Stewart
    • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario popped out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Victor Reyes in left field
    • T. Mancini: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
    • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Smith grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Mychal Givens relieved John Means
    • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Cabrera lined out to first
    • B. Dixon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Dixon struck out looking
    • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Ramirez Pitching:
    • R. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
    • H. Alberto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Alberto grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Villar flied out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Means Pitching:
    • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jones singled to left
    • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
    • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Stewart grounded out to pitcher, Jones to second
    • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Foul, Castellanos flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Nick Ramirez relieved Ryan Carpenter
    • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
    • D. Stewart: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Stewart struck out looking
    • A. Wynns: Foul, Wynns grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Means Pitching:
    • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hicks flied out to deep right
    • D. Lugo: Ball, Strike swinging, Lugo grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Carpenter Pitching:
    • H. Alberto: Ball, Alberto singled to left
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
    • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mancini reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Alberto out at second
    • R. Nunez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Nunez doubled to deep left, Mancini to third
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Smith flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Means Pitching:
    • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Goodrum reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
    • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos doubled to deep right, Goodrum scored
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cabrera flied out to left
    • B. Dixon: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Carpenter Pitching:
    • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Smith lined out to pitcher
    • K. Broxton: Broxton homered to right
    • D. Stewart: Foul, Stewart grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Wynns: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wynns walked
    • R. Martin: Martin flied out to deep center
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Means Pitching:
    • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
    • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Lugo lined out to first
    • J. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Carpenter Pitching:
    • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martin hit by pitch
    • H. Alberto: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Martin stole second, Alberto popped out to shortstop
    • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Villar walked
    • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Mancini flied out to deep center, Martin to third, Villar to second
    • R. Nunez: Ball, Nunez flied out to deep right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Means Pitching:
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera lined out to left
    • B. Dixon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Dixon flied out to left
    • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Carpenter Pitching:
    • K. Broxton: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Broxton struck out looking
    • D. Stewart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Stewart popped out to third
    • A. Wynns: Ball, Wynns grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Means Pitching:
    • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
    • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Stewart grounded out to second
    • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Castellanos lined out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Carpenter Pitching:
    • H. Alberto: Alberto grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Villar grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Mancini hit by pitch
    • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Nunez doubled to deep center, Mancini scored, Nunez to third on shortstop Goodrum throwing error
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)