Despite O's win, bullpen shaky in late jams

Baltimore uses all six relievers in 13-inning victory over Detroit

Despite O's win, bullpen shaky in late jams

DETROIT -- So many nights, it seemed like clockwork. Now for the Orioles, the late innings are anything but.

Tuesday's meltdown against the Tigers, which twice saw the Orioles blow multi-run leads, was the latest in a frustrating stretch for Baltimore's relief crew. And while the O's were able to get some solid performances -- most notably, from Alec Asher -- in their 13-11, 13-inning win, there was plenty of room for concern.

A group missing All-Star closer Zach Britton is dealing with Brad Brach -- who served up J.D. Martinez's grand slam -- going through a rough patch, and setup man Darren O'Day has been limited with a sore right shoulder. Mychal Givens, another late-inning weapon, walked the bases loaded on Tuesday before giving way to Brach. Lefty Donnie Hart, who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 11th, was charged with three runs in the 12th.

Hart works out of trouble

"We had a lot of people. Donnie got us out of an inning to get us to the next one," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Asher did a great job for us. Darren showed that he was healthy -- it just depends on how you want to look at the cup, being full or empty."

The Orioles used all six of their relievers in Tuesday's win. They will make at least one (likely two) roster moves before Wednesday's game. The O's bullpen has allowed 17 earned runs over 21 2/3 innings of the road trip, recording a blown save and pitching to a 7.40 ERA.

"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."

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.