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Tigers, Orioles Battle Over Call, Prince Fielder's 2 Homers Help Detroit Win 5-3

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Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, right, argues with first base umpire Jeff Kellogg, center, after home plate umpire Tim Timmons, left, changed Kellogg's call on a close play at first base in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, in Detroit. Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta was originally called out at first but Timmons changed the call after manager Jim Leyland argued. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) | AP

DETROIT -- Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and first baseman Mark Reynolds were ejected from a 5-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Friday night, arguing about an overturned call.

The time off didn't make them any less angry after the game.

Showalter and Reynolds became upset in the fifth inning when Detroit's Jhonny Peralta was put on base by home plate umpire Tim Timmons after he was called out by first base umpire Jeff Kellogg.

On the disputed play, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado made a throw that forced Reynolds to fully extend to catch the ball that was low and up the line, and Reynolds appeared to be pulled off the bag.

"I don't understand how an umpire can miss a play at home plate that's right in front of him and see that play from home plate at first base," Reynolds said. "It's embarrassing that they would overturn a call that obviously has an impact on the game in the middle of the pennant race."

Replays didn't appear to be conclusive.

"I had (Reynolds) off the bag," Timmons insisted.

When the call was overturned, Reynolds slammed his glove, and he was tossed from the game. Showalter stormed out of the dugout and was also ejected.

"They're trying to get it right, but they didn't," Showalter said.

Machado was charged with an error, but Detroit failed to capitalize.

The Tigers took advantage of having sluggers Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera combine to hit three homers.

"We got the big blows from the big guys," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "There's no defense for those."

Fielder hit a pair of two-run homers to lift Detroit to the comeback win.

He got the Tigers even at 3 in the sixth inning with a 462-foot shot to right-center, and put the Tigers ahead with a soaring shot to right in the eighth.

Joaquin Benoit (2-3) pitched a perfect eighth for the win. Jose Valverde gave up a leadoff double to Machado in the ninth, and then retired the next three Orioles for his 23rd save in 27 chances.

Darren O'Day (6-1) took the loss after J.C. Romero allowed Fielder – the first batter he faced – to hit his second homer of the game.

Cabrera, who scored on both of Fielder's homers, put the Tigers ahead 1-0 in the first inning with his 31st home run.

Nick Markakis hit a tying double in the third off Justin Verlander.

Baltimore scored two more runs off Detroit's ace, taking a 3-1 lead on Matt Wieters' 2-run homer in the fifth inning.

Verlander, who has won only one of his last five starts, gave up six hits and four walks. He struck out six in six innings.

Baltimore starter Tommy Hunter allowed three runs, four hits and two walks over six innings. Hunter gave up two homers, increasing his season total to 29 – more than any pitcher in the majors this year.

"The team is hurting right now," Showalter said. "They thought they deserved to win."

NOTES: Hall of Famer Eddie Murray, formerly of the Orioles, has agreed to pay $358,151 to settle federal civil charges of profiting in stock trades by using confidential information passed to him by a former teammate. The Orioles declined to comment. ... Wieters has eight extra-base hits in nine games.

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