A usually solid bullpen gave up two runs in the eighth and the Birds fell to the Tigers 5-3 on Friday night in Detroit.
Tommy Hunter matched Justin Verlander for six innings...Hunter left with the game knotted at three. Hunter allowed just four hits, but two of them were homers. J.C. Romero gave up a two-run bomb in the bottom of the eighth to break the tie and give the Tigers the lead.
It was a horrific game for the umpires...Nick Markakis was called out at the plate in the first inning, though multiple replays showed he was safe. Then in the fifth, the umps reversed a call at first base, initially calling Jhonny Peralta out then saying he was safe. Mark Reynolds was ejected after spiking his glove in frustration, and Buck Showalter was tossed after arguing about the call. Just another day in MLB, and yet another reason for instant replay in baseball.
Nick Markakis went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI, and Matt Wieters launched a two-run bomb in the fifth, his 17th of the season.
The Birds (64-55) now share the second Wild Card spot with the Tigers (64-55). Zach Britton takes the mound on Saturday night.