Kevin Millar did his best Ray Lewis impression during the pre-game introductions, breaking out the linebacker's signature dance before jogging down the orange carpet. Then he reverted to baseball form by homering for the second time in two days to tie the game at 1 in the third. His leadoff shot ignited a four-run rally in the Orioles' 6-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
It's not how hard you hit them, but where. Brian Roberts blooped a single into center field in the third inning that drove in the go-ahead run, Miguel Tejada grounded a single to left with two outs that increased the lead to 4-1, and Jay Gibbons hit a looping double to left, the ball falling inside the line and beyond the reach of third baseman Brandon Inge, to make it 6-1 in the fifth.
Tejada had been hitting .200 before going 2-for-4 with a run-scoring single. He also was part of two double plays at shortstop, the second coming in the sixth inning after Placido Polanco reached on an infield hit with one out. Tejada had three errors in the first six games, but he was flawless yesterday.
Jaret Wright will try to take some of the air out of his 15.43 ERA when he opposes Nate Robertson in the second game of the series. The last time Wright faced the Tigers, while pitching for the New York Yankees, he lost to them in the final game of the American League Division Series. He lasted 2 1/3 innings in his Orioles debut Wednesday in Minnesota.