Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Matt Wieters and Adam Jones each drove in a run in the top of the eighth inning, lifting the Baltimore Orioles over the Detroit Tigers, 6-3, in the opener of a three-game series at Comerica Park.
Jake Fox hit a two-run homer for the Orioles, who have won five of six. Kevin Millwood went six innings in the start, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits. David Hernandez (6-8) tossed a scoreless seventh to record the win.
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer and drove in a total of three runs for the Tigers, who had a three-game win streak snapped. Armando Galarraga lasted seven frames in the start, giving up three runs on four hits. Phil Coke (7-5) was charged with both runs in the eighth to take the loss.
With the score tied at three, the Orioles scored two runs in the eighth. With one out, Ty Wigginton reached first on an infield single that deflected off the right leg of Coke. Nick Markakis singled and Luke Scott was intentionally walked to load the bases. Wieters' sacrifice fly to right brought in Robbie Weinhardt from the bullpen. Weinhardt, though, gave up an RBI single to Jones. Felix Pie grounded out to second, but not before the O's took the lead for good.
Koji Uehara pitched a perfect home ninth to pick up his eighth save.
The Tigers got on the board in the first inning. Austin Jackson led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Cabrera's double.
Baltimore responded with a run of its own in the second to tie the game. Scott and Wieters started the frame with consecutive singles to put men on the corners. Scott scored when Jones grounded into a double play.
Detroit had a great chance to go in front in the fourth. Johnny Damon singled and Ryan Raburn doubled to put men on second and third with one out. Millwood, though, retired the next two batters to keep it a 1-1 contest.
Fox's two-run homer in the fifth put the O's ahead. Jones was hit by a pitch and crossed the plate when Fox cleared the wall in left.
The Tigers deadlocked the contest in the sixth. Damon stepped to the plate to start the inning and seemed to foul out, but catcher Weiters dropped the ball. The designated hitter then walked before Cabrera hit a two-run homer to left.
Detroit wasted a leadoff triple by Jackson and stranded men on first and third in the seventh.
The Tigers had won five in a row and seven of the previous eight meetings in this series...Detroit was without catcher Gerald Laird (lower back)...Jim Joyce was behind the plate calling balls and strikes. On June 2, Joyce made an incorrect call at first base that took a perfect game away from Galarraga...The Tigers announced on Friday that infielder Carlos Guillen will undergo surgery on his left knee. The team said Guillen is expected to make a full recovery for the 2011 campaign...Detroit went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine...Jackson had three hits.