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Detroit Tigers Hit 4 Home Runs In 8-Run Inning, Beat Baltimore Orioles 10-3

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BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 01: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers hits a grand slam in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 1, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) | Getty Images
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BALTIMORE — Miguel Cabrera's grand slam capped a wild fourth inning in which Detroit hit four home runs and Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel was ejected, and the Tigers beat Baltimore 10-3 Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak.

Prince Fielder hit a sixth-inning drive for the Tigers, whose five homers were a season high.

Justin Verlander (7-4) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings to win his third straight start and improve to 8-0 lifetime against Baltimore. But his performance was secondary to that of the Detroit offense, which used an eight-run fourth to take a 9-1 lead.

After Victor Martinez opened the inning with a home run off Hammel, Jhonny Peralta followed with a shot to left and Alex Avila made it three in a row with a drive to center. Hammel's next pitch struck Matt Tuiasosopo in the shoulder or the helmet – replays were inconclusive – and home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt immediately tossed the right-hander from the game.

Hammel, who had already issued three walks, argued the ejection. So did Orioles manager Buck Showalter. But the decision stood, and rookie T.J. McFarland was summoned to replace Hammel (7-3).

Avsail Garcia singled, Omar Infante doubled in a run and Andy Dirks walked to load the bases for Cabrera, who delivered his fourth career grand slam. It was his 200th home run with the Tigers, tying him with Bill Freehan for ninth place on the team's career list.

It was the first time the Orioles have ever given up four homers in an inning, according to STATS, Inc. Detroit had not hit four home runs in an inning since Sept. 10, 1986.

J.J. Hardy hit two home runs for Baltimore, and Nate McLouth singled twice and stole a base.

Hammel gave up five runs, five hits and three walks in three-plus innings. The three walks and three home runs were both season highs.

In his first time through the batting order, Hammel gave up two hits and walked three, but Detroit could only get one run – when Martinez led off the second with a walk and scored on a two-out single by Tuiasosopo.

Hardy opened the third with a homer to knot the score at 1.

The deadlock didn't last long. On Hammel's fifth pitch of the fourth inning, Martinez hit a drive inside the right field foul pole, and the Tigers would add seven more runs before the Orioles got an out.

NOTES: Every Detroit starter had at least one hit. .. Cabrera has 17 homers and leads the majors with 65 RBIs. ... Kevin Gausman (0-2, 11.00 ERA) makes his third major league start Sunday for Baltimore in the finale of the three-game series. Rick Porcello (2-2, 5.29) will start for the Tigers. ... Detroit's starting pitchers recorded 203 strikeouts in May, the third-highest total in a single month by a major league rotation since 1900. ... It was Hardy's 10th career two-homer game. He came in mired in an 0-for-11 skid.

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