Alvarez leads Orioles past Tigers with four home runs in weekend series

Game 1 (6-0 BAL): The Orioles kicked off their second series against the Tigers with their best win in a long time. Chris Tillman, of all people, tossed an absolute gem and the O’s offense was consistent from start to finish.

Tillman was locked in right from the beginning and didn’t give up a hit until the fifth inning. He finished his night after seven innings with just one hit and two walks allowed. The performance was also enough to earn Tillman his first win since May 7 of last year.

The O’s scored six runs thanks to some home runs by Manny Machado and Pedro Alvarez. Machado got it started with a solo shot in the first and Alvarez followed with two homers in the fifth and seventh inning. Machado would pick up another RBI with a single in the ninth and Jace Peterson continued to produce at the plate with another RBI double.

Game 2 (9-5 DET): After putting together a rare quality win on Friday the Orioles reverted back to their normal ways on Saturday. The O’s just can’t  seem to string any wins together to save their life. In fact they have only won back-to-back games once so far this season.

Andrew Cashner was looking to get back on track when he took the mound on Saturday night. His last start on April 22 was far from awful but the eight hits and four runs he surrendered was not quite up to par with what he has being doing so far this season. Cashner ended up turning in his worst start of the season by going just four innings and giving up six earned runs.

The Tigers jumped all over Cashner and managed to grab an early 7-0 lead. The O’s offense wasn’t completely lost but the deficit was just too much to overcome. The Orioles pushed one run across in the fifth and then jumped on Detroit’s starter, Francisco Liriano in the seventh before chasing him out of the game.

Warwick Saupold replaced Liriano out of the pen but ended up having even less control. After going to the bullpen one more time the Tigers finally ended the seventh but the Orioles had already gotten four runs back thanks to a pair of bases loaded walks and an RBI single by Manny Machado.

Game 3 (5-3 BAL): The Orioles have only played two rubber matches prior to Sunday’s series finale and came away with a loss in both of them. While it was not as pretty as Friday’s win, the O’s did what was needed to get the job done.

Just like game two, the O’s got things started with a couple of home runs. This time it was Trey Mancini hitting the first inning solo shot. Pedro Alvarez followed with another two run bomb in the second to make it a 3-0 game. Alvarez was red hot at the plate this weekend, going 4-7 with four homers and six RBI’s.

Kevin Gausman got the start for the O’s and turned in a solid outing, leaving the Tigers off the board through the first four innings. John Hicks broke that up with a solo shot in the fifth but Gausman didn’t lose control and finished his afternoon with four strikeouts through 5.2 innings of work.

An RBI single by Craig Gentry in the sixth brought O’s lead back up to three and it would end up being a huge run as the O’s bullpen let the Tigers inch back into the game following Gausman’s exit. Brad Brach stepped outside of his closer duties to pitch the seventh inning and gave up two runs on a pair of RBI doubles by Jeimer Candelario and Niko Goodrum.

Mychal Givens pitched a lockdown inning in the eighth to hold the slim lead and in the bottom half of the inning Alvarez did it again. The 31-year-old launched a solo shot to right field, giving the O’s a little more breathing room before the final inning.

Darren O’Day came on in the ninth and recorded his second save of the year on a one-two-three inning. It also gave the O’s their first home series win of the season.

Up next: The Orioles will take a six game road trip this coming week that starts with a series against the Angels.

photo credit: Greg Fiume / Getty Images

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