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Tigers tag Orioles with two late homers, earn comeback win

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Alex Butler
Detroit Tigers slugger Brandon Dixon is now hitting .306 with five home runs and 16 RBIs this season after his two-run shot in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday in Baltimore. Photo by David Tulis/UPI
Detroit Tigers slugger Brandon Dixon is now hitting .306 with five home runs and 16 RBIs this season after his two-run shot in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday in Baltimore. Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

May 30 (UPI) -- The Detroit Tigers got late home runs from from John Hicks and Brandon Dixon to earn a narrow win against the Baltimore Orioles.

Baltimore jumped on Detroit starter Ryan Carpenter early in the 4-2 loss on Wednesday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Carpenter got the first two batters he faced to ground out before hitting Trey Mancini with a pitch. Renato Sanchez then plated Mancini with an RBI double in the first frame.

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The Orioles carried that edge into the fourth inning, before the Tigers finally got to Baltimore starter John Means.

Niko Goodrum began the fourth inning with a single before Means struck out Christin Stewart. Means then allowed an RBI double to Nick Castellanos, tying the score at 1-1.

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But Baltimore climbed ahead once again in the bottom of the frame, getting a solo home run from Keon Broxton for a 2-1 advantage.

The Orioles carried that advantage into the eighth inning, before the Tigers took control. Hicks began the eighth inning with a solo home run for the Tigers to tie the score once again.

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Dixon provided the biggest blow an inning later. Castellanos began the final frame by taking a walk from Orioles reliever Branden Kline. Miguel Cabrera followed with a fly out, prompting Dixon's walk to the plate. The Tigers slugger smacked Kline's first offering over the center field fence for a two-run homer, putting the Tigers up by two runs.

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Shane Greene entered the game in the bottom of the ninth frame for Detroit. The right-handed reliever earned his 18th save of the season by keeping the Orioles off the scoreboard to end the game.

Dixon was 1-for-4 with two RBIs, two strikeouts and a run scored in the win. Hicks was 1-for-4 with an RBI, a strikeout and a run scored for the Tigers.

The Tigers battle the Atlanta Braves at 7:20 p.m. on Friday at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. The Orioles host the San Francisco Giants at 7:05 p.m. on Friday in Baltimore.

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