(BALTIMORE) — Miguel Cabrera hit a grand slam to cap off a wild third inning as the Detroit Tigers crushed the Baltimore Orioles 10-3, on Saturday afternoon.
O’s starter Jason Hammel gave up home runs to Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta, and Alex Avila in consecutive at bats to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead in the top of the third inning.
The next batter, leftfielder Matt Tuiasosopo, was drilled in the shoulder by Hammel, with the ball bouncing off the flap of Tuiasosopo’s helmet.
Home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt immediately tossed Hammel from the game, and he wasn’t too happy about it afterwards.
“I’m not going to make a big deal of it. I hit him with a slider,” Hammel said. “Zero intent there to hit him. Obviously I give up three home runs, but I’m not the guy that answers getting hit around with hitting somebody. That’s bush league if you ask me. It was a mistake. A slider that got away.”
T.J. McFarland came on in relief of Hammel and served up Cabrera’s slam. He became the 10th player in Tigers’ history with at least 200 career home runs.
Justin Verlander pitched seven innings for Detroit, allowing three runs on eight hits, earning his seventh win of the season.
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