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.
“I haven’t had a happy drive home in a long time,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said.
The Orioles left the bases loaded in each of the last three innings and went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
“They’ve got some good arms in the bullpen and we were just never able to get that big hit,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “We gave ourselves plenty of chances. We just needed one or two timely hits.”
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.
“I keep meaning to give Miggy a day off, but he’s just such a huge presence in our lineup,” Hinch said. “I was thinking about Sunday, but after he swings the bat like this, I might have to rethink that.”
Two batters later, Jonathan Schoop singled and scored on Willi Castro’s double before Spencer Torkelson made it 4-0 with an RBI single.
“I wanted to get deep into the game, because we had to use the bullpen a lot yesterday, and things were going smoothly until that sixth inning,” Orioles starter Jordan Lyles said. “I felt good to get a couple more innings, but I started falling…