Tigers split with O's, remain on track for top draft pick

DETROIT (AP) There was only one fitting way for a four-game series between the major leagues' worst teams to end - with no one winning.

In the first series in American League history between teams 50 or more games under .500, the Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Monday to earn a split.

''That was a nice win,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We got an early lead against a pretty good pitcher and we held on.''

Detroit (45-104) has a 3 1/2 game ''lead'' over Baltimore (49-101) for the top pick in June's amateur draft, which goes to the club with the lowest winning percentage this season.

Detroit needs to win one of its final six games at Comerica Park to avoid breaking the major league record of 59 home losses, set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns.

Tyler Alexander (1-3), a 24-year-old left-hander forced into the rotation by a doubleheader last week, got his first big league win. Before a crowd announced at 14,142, he allowed one run and four hits in six innings during his first major league start since Aug. 7.

''Tyler has pitched pretty well for us, both as a starter and a reliever, and he really pulled everything together,'' Gardenhire said.

Joe Jimenez retired the first two batters in the ninth before the Orioles loaded the bases on three singles. Trey Mancini, who hit his third homer of the series in the sixth inning, struck out on three pitches.

''That was terrible,'' Mancini said. ''I felt really good about my series, and then I end it by chasing two bad pitches in a key situation. I was clearly trying to do too much.''

John Means (10-11) gave up five runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

''They were aggressive, and they had a pretty good game plan,'' he said. ''I was in attack mode, but they were able to do damage.''

Detroit led 2-0 after its first two batters. Victor Reyes tripled over center fielder Austin Hays, and Jordy Mercer hit the next pitch into the Baltimore bullpen in left-center for his ninth homer. Reyes made it 4-0 with a two-out, two-run double in the fifth, and Dawel Lugo hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

''I guess I'm a brilliant manager, because I got our two hottest hitters - Victor and Jordy - up in big situations,'' Gardenhire said. ''I wish I had been doing that all season.''

Baltimore struggled against Alexander, who pitched the first five innings in under an hour.

''He threw the ball really well, but we made it easy for him,'' Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. ''We weren't getting him deep into counts.''

Jonathan Villar led off the seventh with a triple off Jose Cisnero and scored on Hays' single.

Buck Farmer, dealing with a racing heartbeat, threw two fastballs up and in to Renato Nunez in the eighth inning, hitting him on a hand on the second one.

Nunez yelled at Farmer in anger before going to first base for treatment from the training staff. Orioles reliever then hit Jeimer Candelario with the first pitch of the Tigers eighth, leading plate umpire Roberto Ortiz to warn both benches.

''That was absurd,'' Gardenhire said. ''Buck had to come out of the game because of his heart rate, and he certainly wasn't trying to hit anyone with two out and two strikes. ... Then they hit our guy, which was silly, and the umpire warned the dugouts, which was silly.''

RARE FEAT

Orioles LF Stevie Wilkerson and RF Anthony Santander recorded an assist on the same play in the fifth inning. Reyes overran second on his two-run double, hoping to draw a throw that would ensure a second run scored. Wilkerson's throw was on target, but Reyes stayed in the rundown long enough that Santander ended up coming in from right to take part in a 7-6-3-5-9-3-4 putout.

''I wanted to keep going so they would throw and make sure we got two runs,'' Reyes said, through an interpreter. ''I stayed alive for a while - I've been working hard on my baserunning.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: DH Mark Trumbo was a late scratch from the Baltimore lineup because of a trapezius strain. . X-rays on Nunez's hand were negative.

Tigers: DH Miguel Cabrera returned to the lineup after a flareup in his right knee forced him to leave Saturday's game early and sit out on Sunday. . Farmer's heart was checked after he left the game, but Gardenhire said he was fine.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Baltimore starts a three-game series Tuesday against visiting Toronto, which starts RHP Trent Thornton (5-9, 5.04).

Tigers: Detroit heads across Lake Erie for three games against the Indians, who are 15-1 against the Tigers this season. With Matthew Boyd away from the team due to a family emergency, Detroit will use its bullpen Tuesday against RHP Adam Plutko (6-4).

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BAL49-101
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DET45-104
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  • W: T. Alexander (1-3)L: J. Means (10-11)S: J. Jimenez (7)
  • HR: BAL - T. Mancini (33), DET - J. Mercer (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
H. Alberto 3B-2B40100101.316.339.436.7752.0
T. Mancini 1B51211024.279.350.523.8747.0
A. Santander RF40100002.271.308.483.7911.0
R. Nunez DH30000012.248.316.462.7780.5
J. Villar 2B-SS41100013.276.342.454.7963.5
A. Hays CF30110010.273.333.364.6971.5
a- D. Stewart PH10000000.232.290.333.6230.0
P. Severino C30000011.259.330.437.767-0.5
b- D. Smith PH10000010.238.292.411.702-0.5
S. Wilkerson LF40100001.218.274.376.6501.0
R. Martin SS20100010.198.252.297.5480.5
c- R. Ruiz PH-3B20100011.239.310.378.6870.5
  • a-grounded out for Hays in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Severino in the 9th
  • c-struck out for Martin in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
V. Reyes CF41220002.303.336.430.7668.0
J. Mercer 2B32121102.281.319.460.7789.0
M. Cabrera DH40000003.285.349.394.7430.0
J. Candelario 1B20000100.196.298.322.6192.0
B. Dixon LF40100011.247.293.442.7350.5
D. Lugo 3B31110021.237.267.369.6362.0
T. Demeritte RF41100003.234.291.366.6572.0
J. Rogers C20000112.115.227.260.4880.5
W. Castro SS30100012.229.286.286.5710.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Mancini (33)
    • 3B - J. Villar (5)
    • HR - T. Mancini (33)
    • RBI - T. Mancini (84), A. Hays (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Mancini (36)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Alberto, T. Mancini 2 (46), R. Nunez, J. Villar 2 (61), R. Ruiz
    BATTING
    • 2B - V. Reyes (15)
    • 3B - V. Reyes (4)
    • HR - J. Mercer (9)
    • SF - D. Lugo (4)
    • RBI - V. Reyes 2 (19), J. Mercer 2 (21), D. Lugo (24)
    • 2-Out RBI - V. Reyes 2 (13)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Cabrera 2 (24), T. Demeritte (20)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Santander (5), S. Wilkerson (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Means (L, 10-11)5.26552313.651.13-1.5
    B. Kline1.11001006.511.551.0
    R. Eades1.00000202.251.504.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Means (L, 10-11)5.2
    B. Kline1.1
    R. Eades1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Alexander (W, 1-3)6.04110314.871.2624.5
    J. Cisnero1.02110204.261.421.0
    B. Farmer (H, 14)0.20001104.091.35-0.5
    D. McKay (H, 1)0.10000105.091.390.5
    J. Jimenez (S, 7)1.03000204.531.378.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Alexander (W, 1-3)6.0
    J. Cisnero1.0
    B. Farmer (H, 14)0.2
    D. McKay (H, 1)0.1
    J. Jimenez (S, 7)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - R. Eades
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 76-48, B. Kline 20-12, R. Eades 13-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 3-10, B. Kline 3-1, R. Eades 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Means 24, B. Kline 6, R. Eades 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - B. Farmer (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Alexander 85-61, J. Cisnero 17-13, B. Farmer 26-15, D. McKay 7-5, J. Jimenez 18-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Alexander 5-10, J. Jimenez 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Alexander 22, J. Cisnero 5, B. Farmer 4, D. McKay, J. Jimenez 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    BAL49-101
    000001100290
    DET45-104
    20002100X570
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    H. Alberto 3B-2B40100101.316.339.436.7752.0
    T. Mancini 1B51211024.279.350.523.8747.0
    A. Santander RF40100002.271.308.483.7911.0
    R. Nunez DH30000012.248.316.462.7780.5
    J. Villar 2B-SS41100013.276.342.454.7963.5
    A. Hays CF30110010.273.333.364.6971.5
    a- D. Stewart PH10000000.232.290.333.6230.0
    P. Severino C30000011.259.330.437.767-0.5
    b- D. Smith PH10000010.238.292.411.702-0.5
    S. Wilkerson LF40100001.218.274.376.6501.0
    R. Martin SS20100010.198.252.297.5480.5
    c- R. Ruiz PH-3B20100011.239.310.378.6870.5
    Total3729211915-----
    HITTERSAB
    H. Alberto 3B-2B4
    T. Mancini 1B5
    A. Santander RF4
    R. Nunez DH3
    J. Villar 2B-SS4
    A. Hays CF3
    a- D. Stewart PH1
    P. Severino C3
    b- D. Smith PH1
    S. Wilkerson LF4
    R. Martin SS2
    c- R. Ruiz PH-3B2
    Total37
    • a-grounded out for Hays in the 9th
    • b-struck out for Severino in the 9th
    • c-struck out for Martin in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    V. Reyes CF41220002.303.336.430.7668.0
    J. Mercer 2B32121102.281.319.460.7789.0
    M. Cabrera DH40000003.285.349.394.7430.0
    J. Candelario 1B20000100.196.298.322.6192.0
    B. Dixon LF40100011.247.293.442.7350.5
    D. Lugo 3B31110021.237.267.369.6362.0
    T. Demeritte RF41100003.234.291.366.6572.0
    J. Rogers C20000112.115.227.260.4880.5
    W. Castro SS30100012.229.286.286.5710.5
    Total2957513516-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Mancini (33)
      • 3B - J. Villar (5)
      • HR - T. Mancini (33)
      • RBI - T. Mancini (84), A. Hays (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Mancini (36)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Alberto, T. Mancini 2 (46), R. Nunez, J. Villar 2 (61), R. Ruiz
      BATTING
      • 2B - V. Reyes (15)
      • 3B - V. Reyes (4)
      • HR - J. Mercer (9)
      • SF - D. Lugo (4)
      • RBI - V. Reyes 2 (19), J. Mercer 2 (21), D. Lugo (24)
      • 2-Out RBI - V. Reyes 2 (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Cabrera 2 (24), T. Demeritte (20)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Santander (5), S. Wilkerson (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Means (L, 10-11)5.26552313.651.13-1.5
      B. Kline1.11001006.511.551.0
      R. Eades1.00000202.251.504.0
      Total8.0755351---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Means (L, 10-11)5.2
      B. Kline1.1
      R. Eades1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Alexander (W, 1-3)6.04110314.871.2624.5
      J. Cisnero1.02110204.261.421.0
      B. Farmer (H, 14)0.20001104.091.35-0.5
      D. McKay (H, 1)0.10000105.091.390.5
      J. Jimenez (S, 7)1.03000204.531.378.0
      Total9.0922191---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Alexander (W, 1-3)6.0
      J. Cisnero1.0
      B. Farmer (H, 14)0.2
      D. McKay (H, 1)0.1
      J. Jimenez (S, 7)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - R. Eades
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 76-48, B. Kline 20-12, R. Eades 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 3-10, B. Kline 3-1, R. Eades 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Means 24, B. Kline 6, R. Eades 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - B. Farmer (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Alexander 85-61, J. Cisnero 17-13, B. Farmer 26-15, D. McKay 7-5, J. Jimenez 18-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Alexander 5-10, J. Jimenez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Alexander 22, J. Cisnero 5, B. Farmer 4, D. McKay, J. Jimenez 6
      • 7TH INNING
        Hays singled to center, Villar scored25
      • 6TH INNING
        Lugo hit sacrifice fly to center, Mercer scored15
        Mancini homered to left center14
      • 5TH INNING
        Reyes doubled to left center, Lugo and Demeritte scored, Reyes out at third04
      • 1ST INNING
        Mercer homered to left center, Reyes scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Joe Jimenez relieved David McKay
        • D.J. Stewart hit for Austin Hays
        • D. Stewart: Strike swinging, Stewart grounded out to shortstop
        • Dwight Smith hit for Pedro Severino
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
        • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wilkerson singled to left
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Ruiz reached on an infield single to second, Wilkerson to second
        • H. Alberto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Alberto singled to right, Wilkerson to third, Ruiz to second
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Buck Farmer relieved Jose Cisnero
        • H. Alberto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alberto walked
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Mancini struck out looking
        • A. Santander: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Santander popped out to shortstop
        • R. Nunez: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Nunez hit by pitch, Alberto to second
        • David McKay relieved Buck Farmer
        • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Eades relieved Branden Kline
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario hit by pitch
        • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
        • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
        • T. Demeritte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Demeritte grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jose Cisnero relieved Tyler Alexander
        • J. Villar: Villar tripled to deep right center
        • A. Hays: Foul, Ball, Hays singled to center, Villar scored
        • P. Severino: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Severino struck out swinging
        • S. Wilkerson: Wilkerson flied out to left
        • Rio Ruiz hit for Richie Martin
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Ruiz struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Kline Pitching:
        • Ja. Rogers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rogers walked
        • W. Castro: Ball, Castro singled to left, Rogers to second
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Reyes grounded out to first, Rogers to third, Castro to second
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mercer fouled out to first
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Alexander Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Martin struck out on foul tip
        • H. Alberto: Ball, Alberto flied out to right
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mancini homered to left center
        • A. Santander: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santander singled to left
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Nunez fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mercer walked
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to first, Mercer to second
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Candelario walked
        • B. Dixon: Dixon singled to left, Mercer to third, Candelario to second
        • D. Lugo: Lugo hit sacrifice fly to center, Mercer scored
        • Branden Kline relieved John Means
        • T. Demeritte: Strike looking, Foul, Demeritte reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Dixon out at second
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Alexander Pitching:
        • A. Hays: Ball, Foul, Ball, Hays lined out to third
        • P. Severino: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Severino flied out to deep center
        • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Wilkerson lined out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • D. Lugo: Lugo singled to left
        • T. Demeritte: Ball, Foul, Demeritte reached on an infield single to second, Lugo to second
        • Ja. Rogers: Ball, Rogers fouled out to catcher
        • W. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Reyes doubled to left center, Lugo and Demeritte scored, Reyes out at third
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Alexander Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Mancini doubled to deep left
        • A. Santander: Foul, Foul, Foul, Santander grounded out to second, Mancini to third
        • R. Nunez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • J. Villar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Villar flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to third
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Candelario popped out to second
        • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dixon flied out to right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Alexander Pitching:
        • P. Severino: Severino grounded out to third
        • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Ball, Wilkerson grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Martin singled to right
        • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Alberto flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • W. Castro: Ball, Castro fouled out to catcher
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reyes lined out to right
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mercer flied out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Alexander Pitching:
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Nunez grounded out to second
        • J. Villar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Villar fouled out to right
        • A. Hays: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hays struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
        • T. Demeritte: Strike swinging, Ball, Demeritte flied out to shallow center
        • Ja. Rogers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rogers struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Alexander Pitching:
        • H. Alberto: Alberto flied out to deep right
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mancini grounded out to third
        • A. Santander: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Santander popped out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Reyes tripled to left center
        • J. Mercer: Mercer homered to left center, Reyes scored
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to third
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Candelario lined out to left
        • B. Dixon: Ball, Dixon fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)