Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Brian Matusz in the bottom of the first inning to give Detroit a 2-0 lead.
It happened so fast, I was still driving back from Hunt Valley.
Cabrera jumped on Matusz’s first pitch, a curveball.
The inning included a throwing error by third baseman Chris Davis, but Jake Fox threw out Austin Jackson at the plate.
Matusz has allowed 17 homers in 45 2/3 innings, and at least one in every start except his first.
Update: The Orioles scored three runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game, 3-3.
The funky lineup paid big dividends. Pedro Florimon had a two-run double, and he scored on Craig Tatum’s single.
The rally started with Jake Fox being hit by a Brad Penny pitch.