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. After Santander struck out, Nevin walked to load the bases. Will Vest replaced Soto and struck out pinch-hitter Ramon Urias and Rylan Bannon for his first career save.
Tigers RHP Casey Mize (elbow) made a rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Thursday, allowing four runs and three hits while retiring only two batters. ... INF Victor Reyes (quad) went 2 for 3 with a walk for the Mud Hens and is 5 for 9 with a homer, three walks and four runs in three games.
Orioles RHP Denyi Reyes made his major league debut in the seventh inning, and was involved in an unusual play. With two outs, Javy Baez hit a long fly ball down the left-field line that plate umpire Quinn Wolcott called a home run. Baez, believing the ball to be foul, didn’t run until asking Wolcott what to do.
After a conference, the umpires changed the call to a foul ball and a replay review quickly confirmed the decision. Reyes struck out Baez on the next pitch and finished with two perfect innings.
The teams play the second of a three-game series Saturday with Baltimore’s Bruce Zimmermann (2-1, 2.67) facing Michael Pineda (1-3, 3.43).