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Tigers’ Damon collects 2,500th hit, beats Orioles

- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 6, 2010

DETROIT | Johnny Damon followed up his 2,500th hit with a game-winning homer in the 11th inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 7-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Austin Jackson led off the inning with a single off David Hernandez (3-7) and Damon followed with a long homer to right. Damon had singled in the third inning for his 2,500th career hit, and received a ovation from the crowd of 22,532.

Ryan Perry (2-4) got the win with a scoreless inning of relief.

The Tigers trailed 4-1 going into the eighth, but Miguel Cabrera led off with a triple and scored on Brennan Boesch's single. Brandon Inge's one-out triple scored Boesch to make it 4-3 before Alfredo Simon struck out Alex Avila.

Ramon Santiago walked, but pinch-hitter Austin Jackson bounced out to end the inning. Julio Lugo made it 5-3 Baltimore with an RBI single in the ninth.

Damon walked to lead off the ninth before Cabrera tied the game with a long homer off Simon, who was trying for the first multi-inning save of his career.

The Orioles stranded 10 runners in the first six innings, but finally broke through against Armando Galarraga on Nick Markakis' two-run homer in the seventh. Felix Pie, activated from the disabled list before the game, added an RBI single later in the inning.

Baltimore got a break in the bottom of the inning. After Santiago walked, Don Kelly hit a hard grounder off first baseman Ty Wigginton's glove, but the ball bounced right to Lugo, who threw back to Wigginton for the rare 3-4-3 putout.

Markakis added an RBI single in the eighth before Detroit's rally in the bottom of the inning.

Detroit had taken a 1-0 lead on Avila's RBI single in the second, and kept the lead in the third when Don Kelly's diving catch in center field robbed Wigginton of an RBI single.

NOTES: Pie replaced Kevin Millwood, who was placed on the disabled list with a strained forearm. ... Wieters hit his second career triple in the seventh inning — both coming against the Tigers. ... Damon joins former teammates Manny Ramirez, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez as the only active players with 2,500 hits, 1,500 runs and 1,000 RBIs. ... Miguel Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 15 games. ... Michigan native Mike Modano, currently a free agent, spent the game in the suite of Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch.

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