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Friday, October 3, 2014

Orioles top Tigers, 7-6, take commanding 2-0 lead in ALDS

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click to enlarge Baltimore fans rocked Camden Yards Friday afternoon, while Orioles batters rocked the Tigers' bullpen for the second day in a row. - TBS
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  • Baltimore fans rocked Camden Yards Friday afternoon, while Orioles batters rocked the Tigers' bullpen for the second day in a row.

UPDATED: 7:42 P.M.

Former Tiger Delmon Young came through with a pinch-hit, bases-loaded double in the bottom of the eighth inning off beleaguered Tigers reliever Joakim Soria, and the Baltimore Orioles took a commanding two games to none lead in their best-of-five series with the Detroit Tigers today at Camden Yards. 

For the second day in a row, the Orioles had their way with the Tigers' bullpen, scoring four runs in the bottom of the eighth to overcome a three-run deficit. 

Tigers starter Justin Verlander went just five innings in Game 2, giving up three runs on six hits and giving way to former starter Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez was strong in his two innings of relief, holding the Orioles hitless and striking out two. 

After scoring five runs in the fourth, including back-to-back homers from J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos, the Tigers took a 6-3 lead in the top of the eighth. But once again the bottom fell out on relievers Joba Chamberlain and Joakim Soria.

The Tigers now find themselves in a do-or-die situation heading into Game 3 in Detroit. Manager Brad Ausmus will turn to David Price to try to stave off elimination Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Price (15-12, 3.26), the 29-year-old southpaw acquired in a late-season trade with Tampa Bay, is set to face off against Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (10-9, 3.23). 

Baltimore leads the best-of-five series, 2-0.

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