Young went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs, leading a 16-hit attack that carried Detroit to a 13-3 victory Monday night.
Jay Gibbons homered for the Orioles, who climbed into first place in the AL East with their weekend sweep of the New York Yankees. Each of those three games was a sellout, but only 16,301 showed up for this one—the smallest crowd in the 14-year history of Camden Yards.
Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli gathered his players before the game and stressed the importance of playing with the same intensity they showed against the Yankees, but his speech went for naught.
“We were a little flat,” he said afterward. “We don’t like it, but we’ll deal with it.”
The Tigers, on the other hand, sustained the momentum created by winning the final two games of their series in Kansas City.
Omar Infante hit his first homer of the season to help Detroit cruise to its first win against Baltimore since May 7, 2003. The Tigers went 0-6 against the Orioles last season, scoring a total of 17 runs.
Every Detroit starter except Carlos Pena got at least one hit. Brandon Inge went 3-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs and three runs scored, and Nook Logan got three hits and twice robbed the Orioles of homers with leaping catches in center field.
“It’s a lot of fun when things go well. This is a great lineup to be part of, and we can do a lot of damage out there,” Logan said. “Tonight everyone was swinging the bats well.”
Logan did the job in the field, too, reaching far over the 7-foot wall to take away home runs from Gibbons and Brian Roberts.
“I just let my natural ability take over,” he said.
Jason Johnson (2-1) was the beneficiary of the Tigers’ most productive offensive showing of the season. The former Orioles pitcher gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings.
“I was real comfortable, and the guys were making some serious plays behind me,” the right-hander said. “That makes it easy, and it was great that they gave me some runs to work with.”
In his previous start, Johnson was lifted after giving up five runs against Minnesota and getting only one out.
Roberts extended his hitting streak to 13 games, but Miguel Tejada’s run of nine straight games with an RBI ended.
Erik Bedard (0-1) gave up eight runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings, a performance that raised his ERA from 1.50 to 5.40.
“I threw some good pitches and they hit them,” Bedard said, “and I threw some bad pitches and they hit them.”
A two-run single by Inge and a two-run homer by Young—his first since hitting three on opening day—made it 12-2 in the sixth, and backup catcher Vance Wilson hit an RBI single in the eighth.
“We’ll win some games if we can hit like this,” Logan said.
The barrage started with the very first batter. Inge opened the game with a double, took third on a groundout and scored on Rodriguez’s fly ball to the warning track in left.
In the bottom half, Sammy Sosa hit into a double play with runners at the corners and one out. But Gibbons put the Orioles up 2-1 in the second with his first homer, a shot to right after a single by Javy Lopez.
After Infante led off the third with a home run, Logan singled and scored on a double-play grounder. A run-scoring grounder by Pena and a two-out RBI single by Infante made it 5-2 in the fourth.
Baltimore DH Rafael Palmeiro went 0-for-4 and is 3-for-25 over his last seven games. … Rodriguez has 31 RBIs in 56 career games at Camden Yards. … Lopez moved from catcher to make his first career appearance at 1B in the eighth inning. … The Tigers have scored first in their last seven games and 11 of 13 this season.