Collins snaps skid with 2 HRs, Tigers beat Orioles 5-4

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The Orioles had only six on the roster Tuesday and used them all. Victor Martinez is 12-for-34 with four home runs against Jimenez, who is 6-11 with a 5.49 ERA in 21 starts versus Detroit. [Image by Dave Reginek/Getty Images] Detroit News beat writer Bob Wojnowski perhaps said it best when he put it plain and simple - J.D. Martinez is not the type of player the Tigers should let get away. "I actually think we were a little more fortunate than they were". Michael Fulmer (5-1) wasn't at his best, allowing three earned runs and 10 hits in seven innings, but the Tigers gave him enough support. He has 43 strikeouts in 36.2 innings, but also has 23 walks.

The outcome, at least in the short term, is a swoon that dropped the streaky Orioles from 22-10 to 23-16. The Zach Britton-less bullpen is a motley crew of exhausted arms where even the big names are having hard times holding a lead.

Meanwhile, the Tigers are 35-16 in their last 51 during game one of a series, and 4-0 in Norris' last four starts during game one of a series.

The pitching matchup for tonight's game has Matt Boyd (2-3, 3.89 ERA) on the mound to face Wade Miley (1-1, 2.45) of the Orioles.

Texas Rangers' Ryan Rua, left, is congratulated by third base coach Tony Beasley (27) as Rua runs the bases after hitting a 3-run home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Arlington, Texas. Zimmerman allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings on the day. No matter how anyone else pitched, though, Bundy had been independently reliable. "It was an emotional spot and the crowd wanted it and he gave in". He issued three walks, but threw two scoreless innings, requiring 30 pitches to do so. His substitute, Ryan Flaherty, whiffed on one play that Machado usually makes - and this extra baserunner scored on the very next play on the first of the Martinez home runs. It's the top-heavy starting rotation that was supposed to be worrisome, and in the past week it has become so.

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"You know what? Hitting in this ballpark, it doesn't help me at all, getting the ball in the air", he said. "But that's part of a long season". They return for a series against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 29. The team could, too, considering each of the losing results on the seven-game trip were one-run decisions. "You're playing tight baseball".

Victor Martinez supplied a two-run homer for the Tigers (18-19).

Cabrera has been one of the most reliable sluggers in baseball for more than a decade, dating back to his time with the Florida Marlins early in his career. "He doesn't feel it on those movements with this, so we're optimistic it'll just be two to three days".

It all goes to show the margin of error is small for a team with a streaky offense, without its closer and with a rotation prone to weeks like this.

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