DETROIT — Against a Detroit Tigers pitching staff that has allowed the fewest homers in the major leagues, the Orioles used five home runs over the past two days to take two of three at Comerica Park.
The Orioles pounded Tigers pitching in Wednesday afternoon’s 13-3 series finale win over the defending American League champions with three homers and 17 hits. The Orioles’ 13 runs were a season high and the most they have scored since Aug. 10, 2010.
Chris Davis, given the day off from defensive duties at first base, hit two homers out of the designated hitter spot, his fifth career multihomer game, and he tied a season high with five RBI. He also drove in five runs in the Orioles’ home opener April 5 against the Minnesota Twins.
Davis hit a two-run homer in the fourth, swatting at a first-pitch 90-mph fastball from right-hander Rick Porcello (4-4) and taking it the opposite way. In the top of the ninth, Davis hit his majors-leading 26th homer of the season with a towering two-run shot off displaced closer Jose Valderde.
Backup catcher Taylor Teagarden, who missed five weeks with a dislocated left thumb, had just one hit in 24 at-bats this season before hitting a three-run homer off Porcello to cap a six-run fourth inning for the Orioles.
Dating back to August 19, 2010, Teagarden has hit just three big league homers — two of them have come against the Tigers, including a two-run walk-off homer in the 13th inning last July 14 in his first game off the disabled list.
Orioles Manager Buck Showalter gave Teagarden the start Wednesday in order to take advantage of Thursday’s off day and give Matt Wieters two days off.
The Orioles, who sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth, tied season highs in runs (six) and hits (seven) in an inning.
By taking two of three from Detroit (39-31), the Orioles earned their 16th series win, most in the major leagues. They’ve won six of their past seven series.
The Orioles, who won the regular season series against Detroit, 4-2, have also won two straight series at Comerica Park.
The Orioles (42-31), winners of eight of their last 11, also improved to a season-high 11 games over .500 and earned their 22nd road win of the season, most in the American League.
Davis now has 66 RBI on the season, just five behind Tigers slugger and reigning Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera.
— Baltimore Sun