Tigers lose 104th game, move closer to first overall pick

DETROIT (AP) In the big picture, the Detroit Tigers are helping themselves with a bad finish to a terrible season.

Edwin Jackson allowed five runs in five innings, and the Tigers took control of the race for the top pick in next June's amateur draft with an 8-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire isn't looking at the grand scheme,

''This is a young, tired baseball team that has played a lot of games without much time off, and we've got a few more days before we get a day off,'' Gardenhire said. ''That's not an excuse, though. We didn't play well today. We need to be better tomorrow.''

Detroit (44-104) has lost two of the first three games of the four-game series against the Orioles (49-100), opening a 4 1/2-game advantage for the worst record in the major leagues. Any combination of 10 Tigers losses and Orioles wins would clinch the top pick for Detroit in a draft highlighted by Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson and Georgia pitcher Emerson Hancock.

Baltimore took Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with the top pick this year after finishing 47-115 last season. Detroit selected Auburn pitcher Casey Mize with the No. 1 selection in 2018, a year after going 64-98.

Detroit trailed 6-2 before a 39-minute rain delay in the middle of the sixth inning.

''The game had no pace, with a lot of walks, and that means our guys are standing around in the field and losing their edge,'' Gardenhire said. ''I think that got even worse after the rain.''

Baltimore's bullpen took over after the delay, striking out nine in four scoreless innings.

''They did a really nice job, but we gave them a breather by adding on some runs,'' Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. ''That hasn't been one of our strong suits this season, so it was good to see.''

Baltimore won a night after blowing leads in the ninth and 12th innings of an 8-4 defeat that ended with John Hicks' grand slam.

''I think we've done really well in bounce-back games,'' Rio Ruiz said. ''It is huge to come back today and do what we did.''

Jackson (3-10) gave up seven hits and two walks in five-plus innings, dropping to 0-6 with a 11.47 ERA in his last five starts.

Asher Wojciechowski (3-8) won for the first time since July 26, allowing two runs and eight hits in five innings. He had been 0-5 in his previous eight starts.

Trailing 2-1, the Orioles took the lead in a three-run third that included Dwight Smith Jr.'s two-out triple, Hanser Alberto's run-scoring bunt single and tiebreaking two-run homer by Ruiz. Baltimore broke open the game on two-run singles by Jonathan Villar off Nick Ramirez in the sixth and Anthony Santander against Matt Hall in the eighth. Santander stopped an 0-for-27 slide.

The game was delayed by rain for 39 minutes in the bottom of the sixth.

TIGERS CLOSE IN ON LOSS RECORD

Detroit is 20-54 at home with seven games left at Comerica Park. The big league record of 59 losses was by the 1939 St. Louis Browns.

HONORING CHACE NUMATA

All of the Tigers in the first inning walked to the plate to ''Give It Up'' by KC and the Sunshine Band in honor of Chace Numata. The catching prospect, who used that as his walk-up song with Double-A Erie, died on Sept. 2 after a skateboarding accident. His family donated his liver, pancreas, heart and both kidneys to patients in need.

UP NEXT

Baltimore LHP John Means (10-10, 3.47) and Detroit LHP Tyler Alexander (0-3, 5.40) are slated to start Monday's series finale. ''This is a weird feeling,'' Hyde said. ''I thought maybe tomorrow was a holiday or something, because staying on a Sunday night and playing at 4 on Monday afternoon is definitely different.''

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BAL49-100
0130020208120
DET44-104
1100000002120
  • W: A. Wojciechowski (3-8)L: E. Jackson (3-10)
  • HR: BAL - R. Ruiz (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Villar SS41120103.276.343.452.7947.0
T. Mancini 1B40100114.278.350.517.8671.5
A. Santander CF-LF40120101.271.308.486.7944.0
R. Nunez DH40000122.249.317.464.7810.0
D. Smith LF41200021.239.292.412.7044.0
a- A. Hays PH-CF10000013.263.333.368.702-0.5
H. Alberto 2B52210012.317.338.438.7764.5
R. Ruiz 3B41221100.237.309.377.6869.0
D. Stewart RF52210000.235.292.337.6295.0
C. Sisco C10000010.215.326.405.7310.5
b- P. Severino PH-C21100001.262.333.441.7752.0
  • a-struck out for D. Smith in the 8th
  • b-singled for Sisco in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
V. Reyes LF50100024.299.333.415.7490.0
H. Castro CF51300013.305.320.399.7203.5
J. Mercer 2B40110013.280.316.448.7642.5
a- G. Beckham PH10000001.215.273.364.6370.0
C. Stewart DH50100032.247.322.415.736-0.5
D. Lugo 3B40100003.236.267.369.6361.0
J. Hicks 1B40000013.215.246.380.626-0.5
T. Demeritte RF41100011.234.292.369.6612.5
G. Greiner C40310000.202.256.314.5704.0
W. Castro SS30100111.224.284.284.5671.5
  • a-grounded out for Mercer in the 9th
BATTING
  • 3B - D. Smith (3)
  • HR - R. Ruiz (11)
  • RBI - J. Villar 2 (67), A. Santander 2 (53), H. Alberto (48), R. Ruiz 2 (41), D. Stewart (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Villar 2 (28), A. Santander 2 (29), H. Alberto (25), R. Ruiz 2 (24)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini 3 (44), R. Nunez, A. Hays 2 (2), H. Alberto
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Mercer (15), T. Demeritte (6)
  • RBI - J. Mercer (19), G. Greiner (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Reyes (26), H. Castro, J. Mercer (16), C. Stewart (38), D. Lugo, J. Hicks (47), T. Demeritte, W. Castro
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Villar (35)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - V. Reyes (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Wojciechowski (W, 3-8)5.08220205.381.3213.0
E. Phillips1.01001307.432.042.5
T. Scott1.01000204.431.843.0
D. Tate1.01000106.061.292.5
T. Scott1.010002014.092.543.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Wojciechowski (W, 3-8)5.0
E. Phillips1.0
T. Scott1.0
D. Tate1.0
T. Scott1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Jackson (L, 3-10)5.07552519.702.02-1.5
N. Ramirez1.02110004.241.400.0
M. Hall1.23223208.852.02-4.0
G. Soto1.10000105.911.803.5
PITCHERSIP
E. Jackson (L, 3-10)5.0
N. Ramirez1.0
M. Hall1.2
G. Soto1.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wojciechowski 84-60, E. Phillips 21-12, T. Scott 14-9, D. Tate 16-11, T. Scott 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wojciechowski 1-12, T. Scott 1-0, D. Tate 2-0, T. Scott 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Wojciechowski 23, E. Phillips 5, T. Scott 4, D. Tate 4, T. Scott 4
PITCHING
  • WP - E. Jackson (5)
  • HBP - E. Jackson (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Jackson 92-58, N. Ramirez 12-7, M. Hall 44-21, G. Soto 13-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Jackson 4-6, N. Ramirez 1-1, M. Hall 1-2, G. Soto 2-1
  • Batters Faced - E. Jackson 25, N. Ramirez 4, M. Hall 11, G. Soto 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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BAL49-100
0130020208120
DET44-104
1100000002120
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Villar SS41120103.276.343.452.7947.0
T. Mancini 1B40100114.278.350.517.8671.5
A. Santander CF-LF40120101.271.308.486.7944.0
R. Nunez DH40000122.249.317.464.7810.0
D. Smith LF41200021.239.292.412.7044.0
a- A. Hays PH-CF10000013.263.333.368.702-0.5
H. Alberto 2B52210012.317.338.438.7764.5
R. Ruiz 3B41221100.237.309.377.6869.0
D. Stewart RF52210000.235.292.337.6295.0
C. Sisco C10000010.215.326.405.7310.5
b- P. Severino PH-C21100001.262.333.441.7752.0
Total431014915819-----
HITTERSAB
J. Villar SS4
T. Mancini 1B4
A. Santander CF-LF4
R. Nunez DH4
D. Smith LF4
a- A. Hays PH-CF1
H. Alberto 2B5
R. Ruiz 3B4
D. Stewart RF5
C. Sisco C1
b- P. Severino PH-C2
Total43
  • a-struck out for D. Smith in the 8th
  • b-singled for Sisco in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
V. Reyes LF50100024.299.333.415.7490.0
H. Castro CF51300013.305.320.399.7203.5
J. Mercer 2B40110013.280.316.448.7642.5
a- G. Beckham PH10000001.215.273.364.6370.0
C. Stewart DH50100032.247.322.415.736-0.5
D. Lugo 3B40100003.236.267.369.6361.0
J. Hicks 1B40000013.215.246.380.626-0.5
T. Demeritte RF41100011.234.292.369.6612.5
G. Greiner C40310000.202.256.314.5704.0
W. Castro SS30100111.224.284.284.5671.5
Total392122011021-----
  • a-grounded out for Mercer in the 9th
BATTING
  • 3B - D. Smith (3)
  • HR - R. Ruiz (11)
  • RBI - J. Villar 2 (67), A. Santander 2 (53), H. Alberto (48), R. Ruiz 2 (41), D. Stewart (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Villar 2 (28), A. Santander 2 (29), H. Alberto (25), R. Ruiz 2 (24)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini 3 (44), R. Nunez, A. Hays 2 (2), H. Alberto
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Mercer (15), T. Demeritte (6)
  • RBI - J. Mercer (19), G. Greiner (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Reyes (26), H. Castro, J. Mercer (16), C. Stewart (38), D. Lugo, J. Hicks (47), T. Demeritte, W. Castro
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Villar (35)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - V. Reyes (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Wojciechowski (W, 3-8)5.08220205.381.3213.0
E. Phillips1.01001307.432.042.5
T. Scott1.01000204.431.843.0
D. Tate1.01000106.061.292.5
T. Scott1.010002014.092.543.0
Total9.012221100---
PITCHERSIP
A. Wojciechowski (W, 3-8)5.0
E. Phillips1.0
T. Scott1.0
D. Tate1.0
T. Scott1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Jackson (L, 3-10)5.07552519.702.02-1.5
N. Ramirez1.02110004.241.400.0
M. Hall1.23223208.852.02-4.0
G. Soto1.10000105.911.803.5
Total9.01288581---
PITCHERSIP
E. Jackson (L, 3-10)5.0
N. Ramirez1.0
M. Hall1.2
G. Soto1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wojciechowski 84-60, E. Phillips 21-12, T. Scott 14-9, D. Tate 16-11, T. Scott 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wojciechowski 1-12, T. Scott 1-0, D. Tate 2-0, T. Scott 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Wojciechowski 23, E. Phillips 5, T. Scott 4, D. Tate 4, T. Scott 4
PITCHING
  • WP - E. Jackson (5)
  • HBP - E. Jackson (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Jackson 92-58, N. Ramirez 12-7, M. Hall 44-21, G. Soto 13-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Jackson 4-6, N. Ramirez 1-1, M. Hall 1-2, G. Soto 2-1
  • Batters Faced - E. Jackson 25, N. Ramirez 4, M. Hall 11, G. Soto 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Santander singled to right, Stewart and Villar scored, Mancini to second82
  • 6TH INNING
    Villar singled to center, Stewart and Severino scored62
  • 3RD INNING
    Ruiz homered to right, Alberto scored42
    Alberto reached on bunt single to shortstop, Smith scored22
  • 2ND INNING
    Greiner singled to right center, Demeritte scored12
    Stewart singled to center, Alberto scored, Ruiz to third11
  • 1ST INNING
    Mercer doubled to left center, Castro scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • G. Soto Pitching:
    • H. Alberto: Alberto grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Ruiz: Ball, Ruiz grounded out to second
    • D. Stewart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Stewart fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tayler Scott relieved Dillon Tate
    • V. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • H. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro singled to left center
    • Gordon Beckham hit for Jordy Mercer
    • G. Beckham: Ball, Castro to second on fielder's indifference, Beckham grounded out to shortstop, Castro to third
    • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Stewart struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • M. Hall Pitching:
    • R. Ruiz: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ruiz grounded out to first
    • D. Stewart: Stewart singled to center
    • P. Severino: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Severino lined out to center
    • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Villar walked, Stewart to second
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Mancini reached on an infield single to shortstop, Stewart to third, Villar to second
    • A. Santander: Strike looking, Santander singled to right, Stewart and Villar scored, Mancini to second
    • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nunez walked, Mancini to third, Santander to second
    • Gregory Soto relieved Matt Hall
    • Austin Hays hit for Dwight Smith
    • A. Hays: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hays struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Dillon Tate relieved Tanner Scott
    • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hicks grounded out to second
    • T. Demeritte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Demeritte grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Greiner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Greiner singled to right
    • W. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Matt Hall relieved Nick Ramirez
    • A. Santander: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santander walked
    • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Nunez lined out to left
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Smith struck out on foul tip
    • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Alberto struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tanner Scott relieved Evan Phillips
    • H. Castro: Strike looking, Castro singled to left
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mercer struck out looking
    • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Stewart struck out looking
    • D. Lugo: Lugo grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • E. Jackson Pitching:
    • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Alberto singled to right
    • R. Ruiz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ruiz walked, Alberto to second
    • Nick Ramirez relieved Edwin Jackson
    • D. Stewart: Ball, Stewart reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Alberto out at third, Ruiz to second
    • Pedro Severino hit for Chance Sisco
    • P. Severino: Ball, Severino singled to left, Ruiz out at home, Stewart to third
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Foul, Villar singled to center, Stewart and Severino scored
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Villar stole second, Ball, Mancini lined out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Evan Phillips relieved Asher Wojciechowski
    • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
    • T. Demeritte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Demeritte struck out looking
    • G. Greiner: Greiner singled to left center
    • W. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castro walked, Greiner to second
    • V. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Reyes struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • E. Jackson Pitching:
    • A. Santander: Strike looking, Santander popped out to shortstop
    • R. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Nunez struck out on foul tip
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mercer grounded out to second
    • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
    • D. Lugo: Lugo flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • E. Jackson Pitching:
    • C. Sisco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar grounded out to second
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mancini grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
    • G. Greiner: Greiner flied out to deep center
    • W. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Castro flied out to center
    • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Reyes singled to shallow center
    • H. Castro: Foul, Castro flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • E. Jackson Pitching:
    • A. Santander: Ball, Santander flied out to right
    • R. Nunez: Nunez lined out to second
    • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smith tripled to right center
    • H. Alberto: Alberto reached on bunt single to shortstop, Smith scored
    • R. Ruiz: Foul, Ball, Alberto to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ruiz homered to right, Alberto scored
    • D. Stewart: Ball, Stewart flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
    • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Stewart popped out to third
    • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Lugo singled to right
    • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks fouled out to first
    • T. Demeritte: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Demeritte fouled out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • E. Jackson Pitching:
    • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Smith singled to left
    • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Foul, Alberto reached on fielder's choice to second, Smith out at second
    • R. Ruiz: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ruiz singled to right center, Alberto to third
    • D. Stewart: Stewart singled to center, Alberto scored, Ruiz to third
    • C. Sisco: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Sisco hit by pitch, Stewart to second
    • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Villar fouled out to third
    • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
    • T. Demeritte: Strike swinging, Ball, Demeritte doubled to deep left
    • G. Greiner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Greiner singled to right center, Demeritte scored
    • W. Castro: Castro singled to right, Greiner to second
    • V. Reyes: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Reyes lined out to left
    • H. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercer popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • E. Jackson Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Villar grounded bunt out to first
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mancini walked
    • A. Santander: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santander fouled out to catcher
    • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
    • V. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Reyes flied out to left
    • H. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro singled to right
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Mercer doubled to left center, Castro scored
    • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Stewart singled to center
    • D. Lugo: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lugo popped out to second
    • J. Hicks: Hicks popped out to second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)