It's almost become normal this season...these O's never say die. Down 5-0 in the first inning, the Orioles battled back to beat the Tigers 7-5 in Detroit on Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers hadn't lost a home series since early June, winning 18 of their past 20 at Comerica Park, but the Birds took 2-of-3 from them over the weekend. It was the third time in the past 18 games that the O's have been down by five runs and came back to win.
Wie-Yin Chen (12-7) looked lost early, giving up five runs in the first inning. He settled down and dominated Detroit's potent lineup, lasting five innings and picking up an improbable win. The bullpen held the Tigers to just two hits over the final four frames...amazing. Jim Johnson retired the side in order in the ninth, recording his 37th save in 40 attempts this season.
The top of the order came through, with the first five batters in the lineup accounting for seven of the O's nine hits and all seven RBIs. Chris Davis homered for the second consecutive game, J.J. Hardy celebrated his 30th Birthday with a two-run double and Nate McLouth had a two-run triple.
The Orioles (66-55) are still in third in the East but now hold sole possession of the second Wild Card spot. The Birds send Miguel Gonzalez to the mound on Monday night as they take on the Rangers for a three-game set in Texas.