The Baltimore Orioles throttled the Detroit Tigers 12-3 in the game one of the 2014 ALDS at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland in game that had no shortage of offense.
It was a very entertaining, tight 4-3 game until the bottom of the 8th when the Orioles exploded for 8 runs while batting 14 hitters.
Regular season AL home run leader Nelson Cruz got the game off to a thundering start by hitting a 2-run homerun in the bottom of the first inning. Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez then answered back by hitting two straight home runs to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the second.
Nick Markakis then gave the Orioles a 3-2 in the bottom of second with a bloop RBI single, and J.J. Hardy added to the lead with a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh to make it a 4-2 game.
Then Miguel Cabrera, back-to-back American League MVP, drilled a solo shot in the top of the eigth inning to make it a 4-3 game. Suddenly, we had ourselves a thriller at Camden Yards.
However, things then went downhill for Detroit really quickly in the bottom of the eighth. It all started off with Alejandro De Aza scoring on a mishandled ground ball by Tigers' shortstop Andrew Romine to make it a, still close, 5-3 game. After that, Baltimore broke it wide open and didn't let up as they went on to win 12-3.
Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis, Alejandro De Aza, and Jonathon Schoop all collected two hits for Baltimore. Chris Tillman pitched five innings, striking out 6 while allowing two earned runs.
For Detroit, Miguel Caberera, Victor Martinez, and J.D. Martinez all had one hit tonight, as each hit a home run. Max Scherzer pitched 7.1 innings and allowed five earned runs while striking 6. Joakim Soria allowed 4 earned runs in 0.1 innings, boosting his playoff ERA to 108.00.
Game two will be played in Baltimore at 12:07 PM ET tomorrow afternoon. Justin Verlander will get the start for Detroit, while Baltimore's starting pitcher is yet to be determined, but all indications point to Wei-Yin Chen getting the call to the bump tomorrow.