Collins snaps skid with 2 HRs, Tigers beat Orioles

The Tigers first baseman was a late scratch Wednesday and was diagnosed with a Grade 1 oblique strain. Wednesday's 5-4 defeat dropped the Orioles to 1-5 entering the final game of its road trip - and all five defeats have come by one run.

"The first inning he pitched, it looked like his command was a little off, but then he settled in", Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said.

Andrew Romine is starting at first base and batting eighth on Thursday for Detroit as they take on right-hander Dylan Bundy and the Orioles.

Martinez was hitting.200 with just two RBI in his previous five games. He was activated from the disabled list before the game and had three hits.

Jordan Zimmermann moved to 4-and-2 with six innings of four-run ball.

On Thursday, J.D. Martinez cranked a three run home run off Bundy in the third inning, his only hit of the afternoon.

His fifth home run in as many games staked the Orioles to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, giving him a share of the team lead with nine long balls this season.

Dickerson connected in the second inning off Josh Tomlin (2-5) and Logan Morrison hit a solo shot in the third for Tampa Bay, which went 4-2 on a swing through Boston and Cleveland.

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"It seems like every time we do something offensively, we go out there and kind of give it back up", manager Buck Showalter said.

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull). Milwaukee Brewers' Eric Sogard is tagged out by San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges trying to score from third base during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in San Diego.

Killing them softly: Center fielder Adam Jones' home run in the fifth inning, which at the time put the Orioles ahead, 4-3, was nearly robbed at the wall by left fielder Justin Upton.

Smith's home run in the seventh cut the deficit in half, but Detroit's bullpen was able to hold on.

Alex Avila added an RBI double that inning to make it 6-4.

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Tigers are favored at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -130 to win, while the Baltimore Orioles are listed with a money line of +110 to win.

The Orioles led 7-1 after scoring seven runs in the third, but they squandered that big advantage and needed Mark Trumbo's solo shot with two outs in the ninth just to force extra innings. They play the Texas Rangers over the weekend at Comerica Park before heading on a 10-game road trip through Houston, South Chicago, and Kansas City. RHP Chris Tillman (1-0) starts for the Orioles against RHP Aaron Sanchez (0-1). Victor Martinez is 12-for-34 with four home runs against Jimenez, who is 6-11 with a 5.49 ERA in 21 starts versus Detroit.

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