Detroit Tigers finally find offense, beat Orioles, 4-2

Detroit Tigers finally find offense, beat Orioles, 4-2

Eduardo Rodriguez pitched nearly seven scoreless innings, Miguel Cabrera sparked the offense with two big hits, Will Vest closed out the game with the bases loaded and the Detroit Tigers won a baseball game for the fourth time in 20 games.

On Friday, Rodriguez and Cabrera put the Tigers’ troubles on their shoulders. The Venezuelans carried their team to a 4-2 victory in the series opener against the Baltimore Orioles in front of 23,941 fans at Comerica Park.

The Tigers (10-23) need more of these results.

“That drive to Birmingham I have, I haven’t had a happy drive in a long time,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “It really feels that way. So absolutely, this is a nice win for us with the chance to win a series in game two of a series. We’re going to celebrate accordingly.”

Hinch’s team owns the worst record in the American League, but beating the Orioles ended a three-game losing streak. The win also kept the Tigers from tying the Cincinnati Reds — winners Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates — for the worst record in baseball, at 9-24.

Tigers pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez pitches during the first inning on Friday, May 13, 2022, at Comerica Park.

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Rodriguez, in his seventh start, completed 6⅔ scoreless innings, pouring in 72 of 104 pitches for strikes. The left-hander worked around five hits and four walks and recorded three strikeouts.

His ERA dropped to 3.72 this season.

“Every time you win, it’s big,” Rodriguez said. “It’s a big game for everybody. We just got to go out there and win again tomorrow.”

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