By Brittany Ghiroli and Jordan Horrobin
DETROIT -- Chris Davis homered twice in extra innings, including a two-run shot in the 13th that sealed the deal in the Orioles' 13-11 marathon win over the Tigers on Tuesday night.
The victory, which snapped a four-game losing streak for the O's, came at the end of a back-and-forth game in which the O's blew two big leads, including one that saw Davis' first homer -- in the 12th inning -- washed away.
"I wasn't trying to do anything special," Davis said of his final two at-bats. "I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit and put the barrel on it. Actually, the ball I hit off K-Rod [Francisco Rodriguez], I was just trying to get a ball in the air to the outfield hopefully to score a run. I'm proud of the way the guys battled, and hopefully we'll come back tomorrow and get another win."
The five-hour, 19-minute contest saw numerous lead changes, as the Tigers rallied back despite an early 7-1 hole. Down 11-8 in the 12th inning, Detroit used RBI singles from Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler and Alex Avila off of O's reliever Donnie Hart to force another frame.
"We've been struggling the last few days offensively, and we swung the bats well and fought back twice, so I think that's a plus," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "You obviously want to win the game. But we didn't roll over and play dead, either."
Detroit's J.D. Martinez homered twice, including a go-ahead seventh-inning grand slam in the Tigers' valiant comeback effort.
Detroit chipped away with a three-run third-inning led by Victor Martinez's solo shot and J.D. Martinez's shot off of starter Wade Miley. After Orioles reliever Mychal Givens walked the bases loaded in the seventh, J.D. Martinez faced right-hander Brad Brach. He got ahead 3-1 before sending Brach's fastball over the fence in right-center, with an exit velocity of 109.8 mph, according to Statcast™.
Baltimore, which recorded its first win of the three-city road trip, fell behind 1-0 after the first but exploded for a seven-run third inning. Lead by shortstop J.J. Hardy's solo homer, the Orioles batted around on Tigers starter Matthew Boyd, who lasted just 2 1/3 innings and allowed seven earned runs.
Hardy drove in two runs, including his second homer of the year, while Welington Castillo went 3-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs scored after being reinstated from the disabled list earlier in the day. Mark Trumbo homered in the ninth inning to force the game into extra innings.
Miley lasted five innings and allowed the pair of third-inning homers. He was charged with four runs in the no-decision.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Crush Davis: The O's slugger is heating up. Davis, turned in his 18th career multi-homer game. He has four homers in his past five games, and he has driven in seven runs. Davis also doubled on Tuesday.
"I just feel like I'm a little calmer, a little bit more comfortable. I have a tendency early in the year to try to be too aggressive and try to make that feeling appear as opposed to just slowing down and understanding that it's a long season," Davis said. "And I just feel like the past few games, I've been a lot calmer and a lot more comfortable at the plate."
A grand return:After Givens walked the bases loaded in the seventh, J.D. Martinez stepped to the plate and hit his third career grand slam, a 425-foot blast that left his bat with a 109.8-mph exit velocity, according to Statcast™. The homer gave Martinez his third career multi-homer game and put the Tigers ahead, 8-7. Martinez is now 6-for-12 in four games since returning from the disabled list, with four home runs and eight RBIs.
"He was a guy that had good power," Avila said about Martinez. "And he's made himself into someone that can hit on a consistent basis and repeat his swing and take advantage of that power. ... I'm glad he's on our side, because typically when he's in the box, damage is going to happen."
O's bullpen implosion:The O's relief corps watched an early six-run lead disappear, and it again faltered in the 12th. Already missing All-Star closer Zach Britton, the Orioles used all six of their relievers, exposing the 'pen big-time and leaving plenty of cause for concern.
"They've been so good all year. People are going to give up runs and stuff. No one is going to not give up runs, it's just happened to be a couple guys in the same night," said Orioles reliever Richard Bleier, who picked up his first career win with the final 5 outs. "I'm just glad I was able to get my job done there."
"There's a lot of good things happening tonight. I dwell on that. I'm not gloom-and-doom stuff. We scored more runs than they did on a tough game, and we get a chance to do it again tomorrow." -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter, on using all six of his relievers
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Victor Martinez hit a 90.3-mph home run in the third inning, which was the fourth-softest home run of the year, according to Statcast™. At a 32-degree launch angle, V-Mart's two-run homer was given just a 7 percent hit probability.
The Orioles challenged whether Cabrera was hit by a pitch in the 11th inning. The ruling was confirmed after a 56-second replay review.
Ausmus issued a challenge in the top of the 12th inning on a slide that was confirmed after a review of one minute, seven seconds.
The Tigers got a big overturned call in the bottom of the 12th inning on a crew-chief review that ruled that Justin Upton had beaten the double-play ball.
WHAT'S NEXT Orioles:Ubaldo Jimenez will take the mound on Wednesday night against the Tigers at 7:10 p.m. ET on MLB.TV, hoping to find some consistency. The righty is 1-1 with a 6.15 ERA, but he is coming off an encouraging outing against the Nationals.
Tigers:Michael Fulmer will make his first start against the Orioles this year at 7:10 p.m. on MLB.TV after two no decisions against them last season in his American League Rookie of the Year campaign. Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is 2-for-4 against Fulmer with two walks.