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Travel-weary Orioles routed 10-4 by Tigers

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2014 at 5:48 pm •  Published: April 4, 2014
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DETROIT (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles arrived in the wee hours of the morning for a chilly afternoon game that would be delayed by rain twice.

In other words, this had all the makings of an unpleasant day at the ballpark — and sure enough, manager Buck Showalter's team was routed.

"Obviously, we were facing a lot of challenges today, including a few that I hope we don't have to face very often," Showalter said. "When you are playing on 3½ hours of sleep, it makes it tough, but that's what happens when you are playing so many day games at this time of the year."

Miguel Cabrera capped a four-hit game by homering in the eighth inning for his 2,000th career hit, and the Detroit Tigers rolled to a 10-4 victory over the Orioles on Friday. Cabrera had three singles, and his two-run drive made him the ninth player to reach 2,000 hits before turning 31.

Rajai Davis and Torii Hunter also homered for the Tigers. Drew Smyly (1-0) relieved Anibal Sanchez after a fourth-inning rain delay and pitched three scoreless innings.

Miguel Gonzalez (0-1) allowed seven runs and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings.

Baltimore had to travel to Detroit after a night game at home Thursday. The Orioles looked fine while scoring two runs in the first against Sanchez, but Gonzalez couldn't hold the lead for long.

He allowed two doubles, a single and a walk and hit two batters in the second, allowing Detroit to score three runs. Rookie Nick Castellanos hit an RBI double and, after a run-scoring single by Ian Kinsler tied the game, the Tigers went ahead when Davis scored on a wild pitch.

"That was just a tough outing. The weather made it hard to grip the ball, but they had to pitch in the same weather that I did," Gonzalez said. "When you don't have control against that team, they get good counts and can get aggressive, and that makes them tough."

After singles by Castellanos and Andrew Romine to start the Detroit fourth, the game was delayed by rain with Davis batting. When play resumed, the Orioles left Gonzalez in.

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