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Miguel Cabrera leads Detroit Tigers to 4-2 win over Orioles
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera doubled and homered to help the slumping Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Friday night.
Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2) pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and walking four as the Tigers won for just the second time in 11 games.
The Orioles left the bases loaded in each of the last three innings.
Cabrera gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the third. It was his 602nd career double, moving him ahead of Barry Bonds for sole possession of 17th place in major league history and drawing a standing ovation from the Comerica Park crowd.
His 504th career homer in the sixth inning made it 2-0. The homer moved him into a tie with Eddie Murray for 27th on the career list and gave him 1,123 extra-base hits, breaking a tie with Manny Ramirez for 17th place.
Two batters later, Jonathan Schoop singled and scored on Willi Castro's double before Spencer Torkelson made it 4-0 with an RBI single.
Jordan Lyles (2-3) took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.
Baltimore had runners at second and third with one out in the first, but Anthony Santander popped out and Tyler Nevin grounded back to the mound.
Rodriguez left after walking Robinson Chirinos and Chris Ownings with two outs in the seventh. Andrew Chafin allowed an infield single to Cedric
Mullins, loading the bases, but struck out Jorge Mateo.
Trey Mancini and Santander homered on Jacob Barnes' first two pitches of the eighth, making it 4-2. Nevin walked, bringing Alex Lange out of the bullpen.
An error by third baseman Jeimer Candelario extended the inning, and Ownings walked to load the bases with two outs. Mullins, though, popped out to keep the Tigers ahead.
Tigers closer Gregory Soto hit Mateo and Mancini to start the ninth.