By Matt Harding
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The Tigers got off to a shaky start in the first game of a four game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Their starter, Jacob Turner, made his third start of the season tonight. He gave up two quit hits and one run in the first inning, throwing more balls than strikes.
The O's scored another run in the third inning off of a J.J. Hardy home run. A two-run home run and sacrifice fly in the fourth gave Baltimore a 5-0 lead.
The Tigers managed to scrape across a run in the bottom of the fourth; after giving up two consecutive walks to Delmon Young and Miguel Cabrera, pitcher Zach Britton got Victor Martinez to ground out into a 6-4-3 double play. Young, who had moved over to third base on a wild pitch, scored on the double play.
Delmon Young home run (9/3/2011)
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine
In the fifth inning, the Tigers did a little more than scrape across runs. Brandon Inge led off with a walk. Omir Santos followed him with a solid single to center field. A sacrifice bunt from Austin Jackson moved up both runners. Inge scored on a Magglio Ordonez single; Maggs has a 15-game hit streak. Young followed him with a 3-run home run to left field. The Orioles four run lead had quickly evaporated.
The O's came back in the sixth with Adam Jones scoring on a ground ball after singling, stealing second, and moving over to third on a grounder.
After a scoreless seventh and eighth, the Tigers led off the ninth inning with Jhonny Peralta weakly knocking the ball in between the pitcher and catcher. Don Kelly pinch hit for Inge; he flew out to the left fielder. Alex Avila pinch hit for Santos. He simply grounded out to first base. Just like that, the AL Central Division Champs lost 6-5.