08/18/2002 4:09 pm ET
Tigers heat up late at plate
Detroit bats pound O's for 18 hits in 7-4 win
By Gary Washburn / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- Don't tell the Orioles that the Tigers are having another disappointing season. After six games over 10 days, Baltimore is ready to play anybody else.
Detroit Tigers 7, Baltimore Orioles 4|
|a-Hit into a double play for Simon in the 4th. b-Singled for Lombard in the 7th.|
|2B: Fick 2 (31, Erickson, Bauer), Paquette (11, Erickson), Pena (13, Brock), Halter (19, Brock), Bocachica (4, Groom).|
RBI: Higginson (51), Fick 2 (53), Halter (32), Walbeck (2), Bocachica (14).
2-out RBI: Fick, Walbeck, Bocachica.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pena, Jackson 3, Paquette, Walbeck, Fick.
Team LOB: 13.
|SB: Jackson 2 (12, 2nd base off Erickson/Fordyce, 2nd base off Brock/Fordyce).|
|Outfield assists: Higginson (Bordick at home).|
|a-Popped out for Bordick in the 8th. b-Flied out for Fordyce in the 9th.|
|2B: Hairston (16, Powell), Gibbons (21, Bernero).|
HR: Gibbons (21, 2nd inning off Powell, 0 on, 2 out), Mora (17, 5th inning off Powell, 1 on, 0 out), Richard (4, 5th inning off Powell, 0 on, 1 out).
RBI: Gibbons (52), Mora 2 (56), Richard (11).
2-out RBI: Gibbons.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lopez, L.
Team LOB: 7.
|E: Brock (1, pickoff), Hairston (8, throw).|
Outfield assists: Mora (Walbeck at home), Gibbons (Fick at home).
|Bernero (W, 3-7)
|Henriquez (H, 6)
|Acevedo (S, 24)
|Brock (L, 1-1)
|WP: Ryan 2.|
IBB: Higginson (by Erickson).
HBP: Mora (by Acevedo).
Pitches-strikes: Powell 69-41, Bernero 35-24, Henriquez 16-9, Acevedo 11-6, Erickson 71-42, Brock 39-24, Ryan 35-20, Bauer 14-9, Groom 24-14.
Ground outs-fly outs: Powell 3-6, Bernero 2-4, Henriquez 1-2, Acevedo 2-1, Erickson 7-4, Brock 1-3, Ryan 2-1, Bauer 1-0, Groom 2-0.
Batters faced: Powell 21, Bernero 9, Henriquez 4, Acevedo 4, Erickson 22, Brock 9, Ryan 7, Bauer 4, Groom 5.
Umpires: HP: Dan Iassogna. 1B: Larry Poncino. 2B: Tony Randazzo. 3B: Bruce Froemming.
Weather: 99 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, L to R.
T: 3:07 (:21 delay).
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner
An 18-hit outing capped another Detroit win over the Orioles, as it clinched the season series with a 7-4 victory at Camden Yards. Detroit won four of the six meetings, just its third series win against an American League team.
The Tigers had a plethora of base runners, numerous threats and every starter besides Randall Simon had a base hit. Robert Fick had three hits, knocked in two runs and Detroit put the game away with two runs in the seventh inning off Baltimore reliever B.J. Ryan.
A stifling hot day only encouraged the offenses as the Tigers knocked around Orioles right-hander Scott Erickson. Erickson's early struggles continue and it cost him two first-inning runs.
George Lombard began the game with a single and quickly stole second base. He moved to third on a bloop single by Damian Jackson. Erickson was fooling no one early, as the first out he recorded was a line shot to center field that scored Lombard.
After getting Simon to ground out, Erickson was one strike from escaping the jam before Fick doubled sharply down the left-field line to score Jackson for the 2-0 lead.
Jay Gibbons briefly gave the Orioles some hope with a solo homer with two out in the second inning, his 21st off Detroit right-hander Brian Powell. But for the third time in two games, a Baltimore runner was thrown out at home plate, ruining a potential big inning.
Powell walked Mike Bordick and gave up a single to Brook Fordyce. Jerry Hairston singled to left field, but Bordick was cut down by Bobby Higginson for the second straight game.
Erickson turned in one of his worst outings of the season. He pitched into trouble as the Tigers added a run in the third on an RBI single by Carlos Peña with two out. Lombard's baserunning gaffe in the fourth prevented further damage for Erickson.
Lombard attempted to tag to third base on a fly ball to left by Wendell Magee. Melvin Mora threw out Lombard before Matt Walbeck touched home plate, wiping out the run.
But that was it for Erickson. He allowed three runs and nine hits in four innings on 71 pitches. In his past six starts, Erickson is 1-2 with a 9.55 ERA.
The Tigers added a run in the fifth off Chris Brock (1-1), as Shane Halter doubled to score Peña for a 4-1 lead. Detroit was dominating the game, but Powell let it slip away in mere minutes.
Hairston doubled to led off the Orioles' fifth and Mora followed with his 17th homer, extending his career high total.
Higginson robbed Gary Matthews Jr. of extra bases with a diving catch, but that momentum fizzled with Chris Richard followed with a solo home run, his fourth, to tie the game.
That would be a brief tie because the Tigers would score an unearned run in the sixth off Brock and two more in the seventh off Ryan.
Adam Bernero (3-7) pitched 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings for the win.
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