Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2) made 6 2/3 innings without goals, allowing five hits and four walks as the Tigers won only for the second time in 11 games.
“I haven’t had a happy flight home in a long time,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said.
The Orioles left the bases loaded in each of the last three innings and went 1 for 12 with the runners in the scoring center.
“They’ve got some really good guns in the bulls, and we’ve never been able to get that big of a hit,” said Brandon Hyde, director of the Orioles. “We gave ourselves a lot of opportunities. We only needed one or two visits in time.”
Cabrera gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with a weak RBI in the third. This was the 602nd double of his career, which put him ahead of Barry Bonds to single-handedly claim 17th place in Major League history and was received with a standing ovation from the Comerica Park fans.
Homer made his 504th career run in the sixth inning, 2-0. Homer took him to tie with Eddie Murray in 27th on the job list and gave him 1,123 extra base hits, breaking the tie with Manny Ramirez in 17th.
“I still mean to give Meggie a day off, but he’s just a huge presence in our squad,” Hinch said. “I was thinking about Sunday, but after the bat swings like that, I might have to rethink that.”
Two strokes later, Jonathan Schaup scored two goals for Willie Castro and scored twice before Spencer Turkelson made it 4-0 single-handedly off the RBI.
“I wanted to get deep into the game, because we had to use the bulls a lot yesterday, and things were going smoothly into the sixth inning,” said Jordan Lyles, the Orioles player. “I was relieved to get more roles, but I started falling behind the guys and they made me pay for it.”
Lyles (2-3) took the loss, giving up four runs in six strokes and three walks in 5 and 2/3 runs.
“I think he might have gotten a little tired out there on the sixth,” Hyde said. “It kept us in the game, though.”
Baltimore was a second- and third-place runner with one in the first, but Anthony Santander flew off the field and Tyler Nevin was back on the pile.
Rodriguez left after Robinson-Cherinos and Chris Owings walked by two runs in the seventh inning. Andrew Chavin let a single by Cedric Mullins hold the rules, but hit Jorge Matteo.
Tre Mancini and Santander starred in the first two pitches for Jacob Barnes to finish eighth, making the score 4-2. Nevin walked over and pulled Alex Lang out of the parking lot.
A mistake by third base captain Jeimer Candelario extended the run, and the Ownings marched to load the bases with two outs. However, Mullins came out to keep the Tigers ahead.
The Tigers hit the closest Gregory Soto Matteo and Mancini to start the ninth. After Santander exited, Nevin walked to load the bases. Will Fest substituted Soto and hit hitter Ramon Urreas and Rylan Bannon in the first save of his career.
“All I could think of was hitting,” he said. “It was nice to move on, and even if we had to scratch and scrape at the end, we took the win.”
Fest, who started his career as a base 5 pick last season with the Seattle Mariners, had not featured in the ninth inning of a game that was closer than four.
“We’re just trying to get to 27 people there,” Hinch said. “Gregory was struggling for strike zone, and while I didn’t like putting Will in a position he hadn’t been in before, he did a great job.”
Tigers RHP Casey Mize (attachment) began rehab Triple-A Toledo Thursday, allowing four runs and three hits while only two hitters retired. … INF Victor Reyes (Quadruple) went 2-for-3 with a walk for Mud Hens and 5-for-9 with Homer, three walks, four runs in three games.
Orioles RHP Denyi Reyes made his league debut in the seventh inning, and took part in an extraordinary play. With two naysayers, Javy Baez hit a long fly ball down the left field line which board referee Quinn Wolcott described as a home run. Bayes, thinking the ball was a foul, didn’t run until he asked Walcott what to do.
After the conference, the referees changed the call to foul ball and a replay review quickly confirmed the decision. He hit Reyes Baez on the next court and finished two perfect runs.
“We had a bowling yesterday, so we were a little short there,” Hyde said. “It was great that Reyes came and gave us those two rounds on his debut when we really needed them.”
The teams play the second game of a three-game series on Saturday with Baltimore player Bruce Zimmerman (2-1, 2.67) against Michael Pineda (1-3, 3.43).