The Orioles fell one run short in their comeback attempt Thursday, but they managed to get it done last night against the Tigers, coming from six runs down for an 8-7 victory at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
After Wei-Yin Chen was knocked out of the game early, the Orioles chipped away with one run in the fourth inning and four in the fifth, including a three-run homer from Adam Jones. Manny Machado then gave the Orioles the lead in the sixth with a two-run homer. Chris Davis delivered an RBI single later on in the frame, which proved to be the difference in the ballgame.
With the win, the Orioles improved to 52-50 on the year and sit just one game back in what promises to be a crazy Wild Card race in the American League. Seven teams are within five games of the Twins right now.
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
Tigers 7, Orioles 8
Braves 3, Phillies 9
Royals 6, Blue Jays 7 (11 innings)
Pirates 5, Reds 4
Rays 5, Red Sox 7
Nationals 1, Mets 2 (12 innings)
Yankees 13, White Sox 6
Padres 8, Marlins 3 (11 innings)
Mariners 6, Twins 1
Cubs 4, Brewers 1
Indians 2, Athletics 1
Rockies 0, Cardinals 7
Giants 3, Rangers 6
Diamondbacks 6, Astros 4 (10 innings)
Angels 3, Dodgers 5
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.