BALTIMORE (AP) — Willi Castro doubled, tripled and drove in three runs, and Detroit beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-4 on Tuesday night in a game that included a scary collision between two Tigers outfielders.
Center fielder Derek Hill and left fielder Akil Baddoo were shaken up after running into each other while chasing Anthony Santander’s eighth-inning fly ball. Hill did make the catch, and although they both left the game, the two players were able to walk off the field after a bit of a delay.
Miguel Cabrera singled and walked, and remained two home runs shy of 500 with two games remaining on Detroit’s road trip. Casey Mize allowed three home runs and didn’t make it out of the fifth inning, but the Tigers held on after building a big early lead.
The Orioles have lost six straight games, and they’ve allowed at least nine runs in all of them. The last team to allow nine runs in six consecutive games was the Kansas City Royals from Sept. 4-10, 2002.
Detroit’s bullpen was solid. Kyle Funkhouser (6-1), José Cisnero, Michael Fulmer, Buck Farmer and Gregory Soto held Baltimore without a run after Mize went 4 1/3 innings.
Santander hit two solo homers for the Orioles, and DJ Stewart added a solo shot. Jeimer Candelario hit a two-run homer in the eighth for Detroit. Baltimore has allowed 24 eighth-inning runs in the last six games.
Keegan Akin (0-6) allowed six runs and seven hits in three innings. Castro opened the scoring for the Tigers in the second with an RBI double, then scored on Baddoo’s triple.
After Santander’s homer in the second, Jonathan Schoop answered with an RBI double and scored on Niko Goodrum’s single. Castro’s two-run triple made it 6-1 and capped Detroit’s four-run third.
Santander and Stewart went deep in the fourth, and the following inning, Cedric Mullins doubled. He then scored when Mize threw wildly to first for an error on Ramón Urias’ comebacker.
Mullins extended his hitting streak to 17 games.
Tigers: Detroit reinstated Goodrum from the injured list and optioned INF Zack Short to Triple-A Toledo.